Despite being around since 2012, the current generation of Ford’s smallest crossover is still on sale and the 2021 EcoSport doesn’t bring too many changes. The styling has been slightly revised but these changes are minor and barely notable. On the other side, the power driver’s seat is no longer standard in base models, while there are new seat coverings in higher-grade models. Other than that, things are pretty much the same.
All in all, the 2021 Ford EcoSport isn’t much different compared to the previous year model. You may count on a familiar design, which has both pros and cons. When it comes to good things, we like the fact that the cargo area is pretty big for the class. At the same time, this crossover is pretty easy to maneuver. Also, we like the infotainment system. When it comes to the downside, you may count on poor fuel economy, stiff ride and lack of some essential safety features.
2021 Ford EcoSport Design
As we’ve just mentioned, there aren’t many novelties for the 2021 Ford EcoSport. The overall design remains the same. So, we are talking about the model that has been launched eight years ago, which shares most of its parts with the previous-generation Fiesta. This small crossover measures just a little bit over 99 inches in wheelbase. This makes it very maneuverable, perfect for urban conditions. At the same time, the amount of space inside is pretty decent.
For this year, the company has introduced a couple of styling tweaks, as we already mentioned. Still, the overall look remains pretty much the same, just like the interior. Speaking of the interior, things are typically basic for the segment. You won’t find much opulence inside this crossover, but everything seems well-built. The front seats are quite comfortable, while the second row is positioned a little bit upright, which is something taller passengers definitely won’t like.
2021 Ford EcoSport Engines
The 2021 Ford EcoSport USA will continue with two familiar engine options in the offer. Base models come with a small 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine, which puts out 123 horsepower. That amount of power definitely won’t provide any particular driving experince, so most drivers will probably pick an options 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. This naturally-aspirated engine delivers around 166 horsepower and provides notably better acceleration and overall performances. Both engines come in pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which does the job pretty well.
Obviously, the base turbo-three offers a better fuel economy, which goes around 27 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The NA unit is more powerful and more reliable, but mpg ratings are pretty low for the class. You may count on about 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Things are pretty simple in terms of trim level organization, as there are four versions of this small crossover. The base S model comes with things like 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, integrated blind-spot mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Also, there are tech goodies like Bluetooth, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a 4.2-inch central display screen, and a six-speaker audio system.
The SE model comes with a couple of notable upgrades. There are things like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, upgraded cloth upholstery, an adjustable cargo floor panel, an 8-inch touchscreen with the Sync 3 interface, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The SEL model is one of those that offer great value for money. This trim level includes several visual upgrades, such as 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension, black exterior styling elements. Furthermore, you can get a Black Appearance package, which includes goodies like a black roof, spoiler and hood decal. The list of standard features on this trim level also includes goodies like automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel, and leather upholstery with cloth inserts.
Finally, there is the 2021 Ford EcoSport Titanium, which comes with goodies like exclusive 17-inch wheels, chrome exterior trim, metallic bumper accents, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen.
2021 Ford EcoSport Release Date and Price
The 2021 Ford EcoSport is already in showrooms. The base price in North America starts around 20.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, this segment is really crowded. Some of the key players in the class are models like Kia Soul, Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V etc.