2020 EcoSport New Car Test Drive
The compact 2020 Ford Ecosport is the smallest member of the company's expanding crossover SUV lineup. Its city-friendly size is its best asset.
The Ecosport went on sale in the U.S. as a 2019 model. For the 2020 model year, the Ecosport sees no major changes. All models gain a wi-fi hotspot. Four trim levels are offered: S, SE, SES, and Titanium.
Either a turbo-3 or an inline-4 engine may be installed. The standard 1.0-liter turbo-3 engine makes a modest 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful, naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4, developing 166 hp and 149 pound-feet, is standard in the Ecosport SES.
Both engines mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but each trim level can have all-wheel drive as an option. AWD is standard on SES trim. Ford's simple all-wheel-drive system varies torque from the front to the rear wheels.
The NHTSA gave the Ecosport a four-star rating overall and for frontal impact, but five stars for side impact. The IIHS has not crash-tested the Ecosport.
No active-safety features are available on the Ecosport. Outward vision is generally good, helped by a high driving position, but rearward views are constrained. Blind-spot monitors, available on SE trim and up, should help..
Prices include $1,245 destination charge.
The Ecosport S ($21,240 with front-drive, $22,835 with all-wheel drive) comes with cruise control, power features, 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, and five-speaker audio with Bluetooth streaming and two USB ports. A spare-tire carrier is optional.
The SE ($24,695 with FWD, $26,195 with AWD) adds a moonroof, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, rear parking sensors, steering-wheel controls, acoustic glass, and a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen. Navigation, blind-spot monitors, and 17-inch wheels are available.
The SES ($28,625) comes only with all-wheel drive and includes a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, 17-inch wheels, navigation, seven-speaker audio, and blind-spot monitors.
The Titanium ($27,510 with FWD, $28,960 with AWD) includes 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a bigger (8.0-inch) touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 675-watt seven-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio..