The 2022 Ford EcoSport is an extra-small crossover and Ford’s most affordable SUV. Running under the larger Ford Escape, the EcoSport is only a few centimeters longer than the old Ford Fiesta hatchback. Although it sounds small, the EcoSport actually has a reasonable amount of cargo and passenger space for its size. Ford updated the EcoSport last year with slightly refreshed interior styling as well as added features for some trims. For 2022, the EcoSport gets a few changes under the hood, namely it ditches the base turbocharged engine. We’re okay with that since the EcoSport’s base engine was anemic and struggled when loaded with passengers. Most notably, all EcoSport models now come standard with all-wheel drive.
When the EcoSport made its US debut in 2018, there were only a handful of offerings in this class. This has changed significantly, with new and excellent entries such as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Mazda CX-30 and Volkswagen Taos. Some of Edmunds other favorites include the Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos and Subaru Crosstrek. If your heart is set on a Ford, check out the larger Escape. It’s a much newer and more refined vehicle than the EcoSport for not too much money. It even gets better fuel economy than its little brother. The EcoSport may be affordable, but it seems way behind its time. Check out our expert note below for the full report from our testing team.
Now that all EcoSport models use the same powertrain, it’s really about features. As before, we think the mid-range SE cutting is the way to go. It offers a lot more features than the base model without significantly increasing the price.
The 2022 Ford EcoSport is available in four trim levels: S, SE, HSE and Titanium. All EcoSport models now use the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (166 horsepower, 149 lb-ft) mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.