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Best 8 Inch Subwoofer Car Audio – The first challenge with Ford EcoSport 2018 is to figure out how to get into the cargo area. The gate is not lifted, but wide open? So where’s the handle dang? It’s hidden into the back lights?
Now that’s a novel and, once you know it, it’s pretty cool. And it’s not the only cool feature of this new subcompact crossover SUV, the smallest vehicle in this year’s Ford showroom. There is also an application called FordPass that lets you find a car in a crowded place, and this little one can play hide and seek. You can also unlock or start the car directly from your smartphone.
A security feature called MyKey allows parents to limit the speed and volume of audio for peace of mind when their teens bring EcoSport to the interstate (yikes!). And, another nod of safety: The lights turn on automatically with the wipers. A nice touch.
The EcoSport (pronounced echo-sport, unlike Ford EcoBoost) has actually been around for 15 years, mostly in developing countries. Built in India, arriving in the US for 2018 after reworking inside and outside.
Shorter, smaller and more rounded than the Ford Escape, EcoSport is one of the few subcompacts that offer machine choices. Standard is a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 123 hp. Call it a small machine that can not get out of its own way.
Better go with the optional 2.0-liter that gets 166 hp and 149 pound-feet torque. It gets an all-wheel-drive system that surveys the road ahead and is reportedly making adjustments every 16 milliseconds. Both machines are connected to a 6-speed transmission.
The 2.0-liter standard, on the Titanium top-line trim, has enough passion, handles bends without problems in normal driving conditions and offers a good ride taking into account its short wheelbase. Parking, of course, can practically be done with eyes closed.
Although it sounds amazing, EcoSport does not get mileage stars. Figures are in the mid-20s: 28 mpg combined for small engines, 25 combined for 2.0 liters.
Inside, the panels are well assembled and have a reasonable quality for this segment. The front seats look roomy, but the headroom and shoulders are tighter on the back.
The Ford Sync 3 multimedia system is available with an 8-inch touch screen and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus connections to the above mentioned FordPass applications. And an upgraded 675 watt sound system produces a tone through 10 speakers and a subwoofer.
For small subcompacts, there are many cubbies, hooks and bins for stuff – as many as 30, with one count. The second row seats are folded to open up extra space as well.
While the cold truck tub is hinged on the left side for easy roadside loading, it can be a problem in a parallel parking situation where someone parking is too close. Something to consider if you’re an urban.
Airbags and traction control are commonplace in EcoSport, as are the blind-spot warning and rear-cross traffic in Titanium. But there are no advanced features, such as front-collision warnings or auto braking, which are available even as an option.
EcoSport joins the expansion package of subcompact crossovers such as Chevy Trax, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V. While this is a competitive field, it is not surprising that Ford feels there is room for another one in this popular segment.
At a glance
Base MSRP: $ 20,990
As tested: $ 26,750 (Titanium trim)
Powertrain: 1.0-liter turbo 3-cylinder or 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, mated to a 6-speed transmission
Performance: 2.0 gets 166 hp, spritely and politely ready; 1.0 liter strain to follow its own shadow
Fuel economy: EPA-rated at 25 mpg combined (2.0 engines); 28 mpg to 1.0