2018 Ford EcoSport SES Group Review: A Tiny Crossover With Little Love for the Highway

Ford’s smallest SUV may have the proportions to compete in the fast-growing mini-crossover class…but there’s still room for improvement.

byApr 16, 2018 4:10 PM
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Two of The Drive’s staffers—Will Sabel Courtney

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She drove it a lot. , The Drive

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Haha, I'm calling BS on Ford.

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ANYWAY

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You, however, ARE large. How was that for you?

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But there was an adorable little sunroof!

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There was a surprising amount of cargo room in the back. Although it took me a hot minute to figure out how to open the rear gate

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And it was tiny enough to wind through super-dense Manhattan traffic with ease.

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Butttttt when you're on the highway a whole bunch, it quickly makes it known that it's probably not the car you'd get for a road trip.

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Although it did the heated wheel thing where it only got warm in very specific areas

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So does this compete well with the Honda Fits of the world?

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It's the old bones problem again. A car introduced in 2012 is based on a chassis they started developing in 2008-2010, which means we hopped into a brand-new car made with decade-old technology. I think the next version they make will be better. Kinda has to be.

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But will anyone care, other than car journalists?

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(cough, in our 30s, cough)

Anyway. I think it absolutely needs a design refresh if it really wants to compete in the small crossover arena. "new to you" isn't enough, in my opinion

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so clearly somebody's going for 'em.

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So maybe no one will actually care aside from us!

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I will also add that the sideways-opening rear door feels borderline-unsafe in certain situations. Like, if you have to stop on the left side of the street (which happens plenty in places like NYC, where there's a lot of busy one-way streets), you have to basically stand in traffic to open the hatch.

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...it's good enough.

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