2022 Ford EcoSport

MSRP $30,000 Est.

Ranked #12 in Suv

7.2

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2022 Ford EcoSport Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Crossovers can be considered one of the most heavily successful cars of all time, offering very real benefits such as a car-like drive with SUV levels of ground clearance. While they don’t match up to sedans and hatchbacks purely in terms of dynamics, some crossovers come very close to replicating the driving experience of a more aerodynamic car. One such vehicle is the new Ford EcoSport, as it provides buyers with a compact silhouette and a spacious interior, not to mention a fun driving experience unlike that of a compact crossover.

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Pros

Drives predictably and handles just like a lower car would

Small dimensions make parking and maneuvering easy

Well priced

Cons

Small on the inside as well

Can get uncomfortable due to a stiffly sprung suspension

Not as frugal as the engine options make it out to be

What's New?

No major changes to the interior or exterior 

Expected upgrade in infotainment, safety, and convenience features for the model year 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30000

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$30,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Ford EcoSport in Lightning Blue Metallic color
Lightning Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


While it is an excellent vehicle in its own way, if the new Ford EcoSport is, in fact, similar to its predecessor, we can expect some flaws, including stiff suspension at low speeds, and a general inability to provide the number of miles per gallon that it should, despite its low-power engines that aren’t too adept at acceleration. Nevertheless, sweet pricing makes the EcoSport a worthy competitor to the likes of the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, and Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossovers. 

2022 Ford EcoSport SUV Front Angle View
2022 Ford EcoSport SUV Rear Angle View

7.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2022 Ford EcoSport Features

7.0/10

Judging by the makeover the Ford EcoSport received for the model year 2021, we expect much of the tiny SUV to remain the same for 2022, including the trim structure and aggressive pricing. The 2022 Ford EcoSport will be sold across four trim levels, starting with the S trim, all the way up to the SES trim. AWD is available at an additional cost of $1,500, with the exception of the SES trim which comes with AWD standard.

Trim

S

SE

Titanium

SES

MSRP (FWD)

$20,190

$23,650

$26,565

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$21,790

$25,150

$28,015

$28,455

Key Features

Cloth seats

In addition to or replaces S trim features with:

In addition to or replaces SE trim features with:

17” alloys - painted black

 

Rearview Camera

Heated front seats

Cargo management system

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Manual air conditioning 

Tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel

Leatherette upholstery

2.0L Ti-VCT I-4 Engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology

 

2 USB Ports

Leather-wrapped shift knob

17” alloys

6-Way Power Driver’s Seat

 

4-way manually adjustable front seats

Automatic Climate Control

10 Speaker B&O Audio

Power Moonroof with Sunshade

 

Easy Fuel capless fuel filler

Front Variable Intermittent Wipers

Heated steering wheel

Black Roof Rails

 

Emergency Brake Assist System

Reverse sensing system

8” touchscreen

Rain-Sensing Wipers

We Recommend 

The SES trim looks like the most lucrative purchase at first glance, offering the perks of additional traction with its ADW, not to mention numerous features unavailable in the other trims. However, when you consider the features in the Titanium trim, and the fact that FWD drivetrains are quite reliable in adverse weather conditions, it makes for a more sensible option as the engine options in the 2022 Ford EcoSport doesn’t do the AWD system much justice. Also, if you feel like you’re missing out on some features in the SES trim, you could always have them added onto the Titanium trim and pay less than what you would for a specced out EcoSport SES.

Release Date

We expect Ford to unveil the 2022 Ford EcoSport by the end of 2021, although they may even take till Spring 2022 as the EcoSport received a facelift for the model year 2021. 

2022 Ford EcoSport Engine and Performance

The engine options in the 2022 Ford EcoSport are expected to be carried over from 2021, and they include a 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine that displaces 1 liter of gasoline for an output of 123 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of twisting force. The meager output figures of the engine don’t really compare too well against the immediate competition of the EcoSport, and the free-revving nature of the engine makes it tough to take advantage of the frugality that 1.0L of displacement should provide.

2022 Ford EcoSport SUV Engine Bay

Therefore, the 2.0 liter Ti-VCT inline-4 from the dragon family of Ford engines takes precedence in the engine options for its driveability and ease-of-use, and the more competent power output as well. The larger engine that can be had with AWD is good for 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque. The engine allows for a 0 to 60 time of 10.4 seconds and is capable of making the EcoSport finish a standing quarter-mile in 16.5 seconds. While these figures are in no way impressive, they’re a lot better than what the pipsqueak 3-cylinder allows for.

Models

2022 Ford EcoSport*

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Mazda CX-3 

MSRP

$23,075

$22,000

$23,200

$20,640

Engine

2.0L Ti-VCT GDI Inline-4

1.5L turbo-inline-4

1.4L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 liter NA Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

166 hp @ 6,500 rpm

170 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 RPM

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

149 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

140 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

148 hp @ 1850 RPM

146 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

10.4

8.4

9.3

8.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.5

15.5

16.8

16.3

Top Speed (mph)

110

N/A

116

114

* 2021 figures used for reference

The 2-liter engine in the EcoSport compares well and in the favour of Ford against the competition, as the only more powerful engine belongs to the 2021 Honda HR-V, as the turbocharged engine puts out 170 horsepower that enables it to sprint from 0 to 60 in 8.4 seconds. The Honda crossover finishes a standing quarter-mile in a segment-best 15.5 seconds, beating the Mazda CX-3 which is faster than the Honda HR-V to 60 mph from a standstill. The Chevrolet Trax does well to beat the EcoSport to 60 mph despite a significantly lower power output. The EcoSport does have the edge in terms of driveability with the highest torque output of the four.

2022 Ford EcoSport Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The engine options in the Ford EcoSport don’t do the car any favors, offering a balanced setup between power and efficiency by imposing a compromise upon both. The smaller engine offers 28 miles per gallon combined, which is matched by the four-pot engines of the competition, while the larger 2.0-liter engine allows for 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg out on the highways, leading to a combined mpg figure of 25 mpg, which is but only average for an inline-4. The larger four-cylinder can be easily driven with efficiency in mind, while the 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine becomes rather demanding of the person in the driver seat when it comes to keeping the rpm in check. 

Models

2022 Ford EcoSport*

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Mazda CX-3 

MPG (City)

23

26

26

29

MPG (Highway)

29

32

31

34

MPG (Combined)

25

28

28

31

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.8

13.2

14.0

12.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

317/400/345

356/409/369

364/434/392

368/432/394

*2021 figures used for reference 

The most efficient engine is the SkyActiv engine in the CX-3, which provides excellent mpg figures to the tune of 34 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined, owing to its ignition by compression technology inherited from diesel engines. Advancements in engine technology allow for the Chevrolet and Honda engines to show increased levels of refinement, which are reflected in their mpg figures. In turn, the efficiency of these new-age four-cylinder engines makes the inline-4 of the 2022 Ford EcoSport look inefficient.

2022 Ford EcoSport Interior

8.0/10

The Ford EcoSport isn’t a big car. While that does have its perks, an abundance of interior room isn’t exactly one of them. Its smaller proportions are reflected in the combination of passenger and cargo room in the car, although it does have best-in-class front legroom and a decent amount of rear legroom. The EcoSport has a tightly strung suspension that isn’t perfect for the rear seat occupants, and the limited headroom doesn’t do the subcompact crossover any favors. 

2022 Ford EcoSport SUV Dashboard

As for interior quality, the EcoSport is typical of Ford vehicles. There is a useful blend of materials, with durability taking precedence over form. The leatherette seats are an example of quality materials in an otherwise cheap-feeling interior that’s full of hard plastics that lack visible finesse. The tech in the cabin and the contemporary design do a good job of distracting you from the plastics, but you are bound to notice the plastics at one point.

Models

2022 Ford EcoSport*

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Mazda CX-3 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.6/53.3/42.9

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/54.1/40.8

37.6/53.5/41.7

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.5/55.1/38.2

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.8/52.8/35.7

37.2/50.4/35

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

20.9

24.3

18.7

17.8

*2021 figures used for reference

Despite leading the segment in terms of front legroom, the 2022 Ford EcoSport disappoints with subpar headroom and shoulder room in the front seats, while the Mazda CX-3 relieves the EcoSport of the spot for the least rear space in general. The CX-3 offers little practicality, making the 20.9 cubic feet of storage room in the EcoSport look good. 

The Honda HR-V offers the most rear legroom and has a more roomy back seat compared to the rest of the segment, and also offers the most cargo room. The HR-V comes off as one of the most practical vehicles in the segment. Standout interior features in the 2022 Ford EcoSport:

  • 6-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and knob
  • Available leatherette seats
  • Power Moonroof with Sunshade
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Heated steering wheel

2022 Ford EcoSport Infotainment System

The infotainment in the 2022 Ford EcoSport is above the industry average, as you’d expect from the tech-savvy manufacturer. While they don’t lead the way in terms of tech advancements, a good amount of technology goes into any of their more modern vehicles, and the shift to EV architecture suggests there’s more to come. 

2022 Ford EcoSport SUV Infotainment System

The infotainment system is easy to use through the 8” touchscreen, and the steering wheel-mounted controls are also pretty easy to figure out and get used to. Despite the price range of the 2022 EcoSport, its infotainment system offers snappy quick connection times and usability. While the standard 6-speaker system is good enough, we recommend upgrading to the premium 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen Speaker system available. To summarise, the infotainment in the 2022 Ford EcoSport offers:

  • 8” touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Amazon Alexa Voice Control
  • 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen speaker system

2022 Ford EcoSport Exterior

The exterior of the Ford EcoSport is certainly contemporary. It appeals to the young population of buyers, while those used to the more conventional automobile won’t have the same appreciation for its looks. The funky shape and design of the EcoSport do well to pack it into a smaller silhouette, but it looks even less car-like than the first generation. 

2022 Ford EcoSport SUV Front Angle Driving View

The high ground clearance of the EcoSport does give it some road presence, but it misses out on the rugged look that it possesses in other markets around the world, with a full-size spare tire fitted onto the rear. The 2022 EcoSport does have some bits and pieces to make it look more SUV than a car, but ends up looking like a hatchback on stilts due to its tiny proportions, although a handsome one when you get past that mental hurdle.

Models

2022 Ford EcoSport*

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Mazda CX-3 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,060

2,906

3,267

2,994

Length (inches)

161.3

170.4

167.2

168.3

Width (inches)

69.5

69.8

69.9

69.6

Height (inches)

64.8

63.2

66.0

60.7 

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.0

7.3

6.2

6.1

Wheelbase (inches)

99.2

102.8

100.6

101.2 

*2021 figures used for reference

Speaking of tiny proportions, the Ford EcoSport has only 99.2” between its front and rear axle, which makes it surprising that the vehicle manages to offer the kind of legroom that it does. The ground clearance of 7” is quite useful, although the HR-V offers a tad more. The Ford EcoSport is a boxy little vehicle that doesn’t lead the segment in any aspect of exterior dimensions and doesn’t really measure up to the style of its competition either, although your opinions on its looks may differ. Exterior features of the 2022 Ford EcoSport:

  • Roof rails 
  • 17” alloys (optional)
  • Rearview Camera
  • Easy Fuel capless fuel filler
  • Rain-sensing wipers

2022 Ford EcoSport Safety

7.0/10

The EcoSport is a fairly safe vehicle, offering limited safety and driver assistance technology along with decent structural integrity for such a small vehicle. The 2021 Ford EcoSport receives a 4-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, and its rollover risk rating of 3-stars makes it important that you don’t try and push the limits of the electronic stability control. For 2022, we expect Ford to add to the list of driver assistance programs in the EcoSport, although they would have to incorporate a lot more sensors and systems to enable the EcoSport to do so. Notable safety features include:

  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • 8 airbags 
  • Reverse parking sensors and camera
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electronic stability control and traction control

2022 Ford EcoSport Competition

2022 Ford EcoSport vs 2021 Honda HR-V

The EcoSport and HR-V look like vehicles from different segments when looked at separately. The HR-V has a longer, more accommodating build to it, and it looks more like a mix between a MUV and SUV, while the EcoSport mixes hatchback and SUV in an obnoxious body shape. 

2021 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V outdoes the EcoSPort in terms of interior room and performance, although if you like driving then you will appreciate the handling characteristics of the 2022 Ford EcoSport. The Honda HR-V provides a better balance between ride quality and handling, and it doesn’t like to be pushed around too far, as you will feel the drag and lift forces in the driver seat. 

2022 Ford EcoSport vs 2021 Chevrolet Trax 

Both of these vehicles have a sort of boxy look, although the Chevrolet Trax does well to hide it with the smoothly curving rear, as well as its rear fenders and tail lights. The Ford EcoSport does sit higher than the 2021 Trax, offering a better driving position than the latter.

2021 Chevrolet Trax

Nevertheless, it is shorter than the 2021 Chevrolet Trax, not to mention narrower and overall smaller in terms of exterior dimensions. The Ford EcoSport does use the interior room well to allow for more cargo room than the Chevy Trax.

2022 Ford EcoSport vs 2021 Mazda CX-3

If you don’t like the size of the EcoSport, you’ll be in utter dismay when it comes to the CX-3. Clearly, both the cars place an emphasis on the front row of seating and driving characteristics, and while the EcoSport forgoes the comfort of rear passengers, the CX-3 forgets about them entirely with poor amounts of room for passengers itself.

2021 Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 does offer an uncanny balance between ride quality and dynamic driving manners, which is so typical of Mazda. 

2022 Ford EcoSport Final Verdict

8.0/10

The Ford EcoSprot finds itself outdone by the in-segment competition in every single aspect. It demonstrates the poorest acceleration and fuel economy figures, while it doesn’t really offer too much in the name of interior room, exterior wow, or safety features for that matter. Nevertheless, it makes for a decent all-around experience, especially for someone's first car. Its fun dynamics combined with the lack of ability to get to highway speeds too quickly is a safe option for anybody looking to learn how to drive. 

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