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2018 Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport

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I was checking out Northway Ford’s inventory the other day and happened across a 2018 Ford EcoSport. It’s a car I hadn’t given any time to for a while and I think that does it a disservice so I am changing that today.

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is a crossover SUV that skirts the car side of the equation closer than many. It is a compact crossover that offers all the practicality and agility of a Focus with the benefits of a higher seating position. One way it deviates is with a very practical side opening hatch instead of the typical overhead.

The design is modern Ford and more than a little European even though it was designed for the Indian and South American market over six years ago. It is new to Canada but not a new vehicle. It has been tried and tested in environments a lot harsher than ours and not found wanting.

The 2018 Ford EcoSport came to us during its midseason refresh. That refresh prepared it for the North American market and it hasn’t looked back since. It’s cute look with a very upright profile. A high body with rising beltline and taller rear end gives it an arrow-like appearance.

Inside, the cabin has more space than you would expect. It is also outfitted in typical Ford fashion with good quality materials, simple dashboard with robust controls, comfortable seats and a versatile cabin. The number of controls and included features will, of course, depend on the trim you choose.

Under that small hood is either a 1.0-litre turbocharged three cylinder that produces 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque or a 2.0-litre four cylinder that delivers 166 hp and 149 lb-ft of torque. Both use a six speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. AWD is an option with the 2-litre.

Despite modest power figures, the small stature and light weight of the EcoSport means a lively drive. It is very responsive and pushes forward with a purpose. The short wheelbase and well-tuned suspension provides a comfortable ride where you still feel the road and that responds instantly to input.

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is available as S, SE, SES and Titanium. Features can include backup camera, USB ports, power sunroof, automatic climate control, proximity entry, push-button start, satellite radio, 8-inch touchscreen with Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lots more besides.

If you’re in the market for a crossover but want something a little different, the 2018 Ford EcoSport might be just what you’re looking for. Visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 to see it up close.

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