There are a few changes being made to the final model year of the Ford EcoSport. The subcompact SUV represents a competitively priced option for those who need something small, easy to handle, and designed to accommodate the day-in and day-out driving habits of those who run basic errands, need something for the kids, or those who are just starting out and want a reliable vehicle with great fuel economy. The 2022 Ford EcoSport represents all of the aforementioned qualities, making it a great pick for those on a budget.
New for the 2022 model year is a rearrangement of the powertrain offerings, with the formerly optional 2.0L engine being made standard across the entire model year line-up. Front-wheel drive has also been replaced with a standard all-wheel drive configuration for each of the trims. The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite has also seen a minor change for the 2022 outing, featuring the Rear Parking Sensors for the system that helps detect when objects are at the rear of the vehicle.
The 2022 Ford EcoSport is available in four trims, including the base S trim, the SE trim, the SES trim, and the more upscale Titanium trim. You can customize the EcoSport as you see fit with a number of options, including a number of unique color schemes. You can select from nine different colors, including Race Red, Lightning Blue, Luxe Yellow, and more.
For the 2022 model year of the Ford EcoSport, Ford's smallest SUV available on the market, the powertrain offerings have been slimmed down to a single 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder with twin independent variable camshaft timing. What this means is that the engine is fine-tuned to make the most of the power generated by the four pistons while also reducing the fuel expenditure, so you get the maximum amount of power possible for the least amount of fuel. This extends the overall fuel economy for the vehicle, giving drivers enough propulsion to get to where they need to get, even if in a hurry, but without draining the wallet when it comes time to visit a fuel pump.
In fact, the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder affords drivers up to 23 miles per gallon in the city and up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway in the standard all-wheel drive format. Many other vehicles achieve that kind of fuel economy in front-wheel drive, but the EcoSport manages those figures in all-wheel drive, which means you get more traction, more stability, and better grip and handling, whether you're driving on pavement, on dirt, in rain, or in snow.
The stability is further enhanced thanks to the inclusion of stability management systems like AdvanceTrac, which is Ford's go-to solution that works hand-in-hand with the electric power-assisted steering. Utilizing multiple sensors, the EcoSport calculates and makes updated adjustments 150 times per second to ensure that the vehicle isn't suffering from body-roll while driving, making sure that the center of gravity isn't disrupted due to road conditions. The AdvanceTrac system applies power distribution, brake force, and throttle control in order to keep the angle and roll rates steady.
The naturally aspirated 4-cylinder produces 166 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift functionality and Auto Start/Stop technology, meaning it helps conserve fuel during stop and go travel. With the added Torque Vectoring, you have a vehicle that is designed to give you good propulsion response on the road, as well as precision handling no matter where you're driving.
The sporty exterior features a fun front fascia highlighted by a bold hexagonal honeycomb grille. Available halogen quad-beam projector headlamps with LED signature lighting and fog lamps help further accentuate the look and visual appeal of the EcoSport. On the base trim, you have a black grille, but on the upper-end trims, the fascia features a chrome surround to make the front visually pop.
The five-door SUV, featuring a side-opening tailgate, seats up to five people across two rows. With the EcoSport, you have access to 91.1 total cubic feet of passenger volume, while behind the second row, you can make use of up to 20.9 cubic feet of cargo volume. Alternatively, you can fold down the rear seats and store even more items by expanding the total cargo volume up to 50 cubic feet of space, making it quite roomy for a subcompact SUV. If you need to store additional items in a cargo carrier or trailer, you can do so thanks to the EcoSport's remarkable ability to tow up to 2,000 pounds worth of cargo.
Available heated front seats and a 6-way power driver's seat offer interior comfort for those who seek it. Other interior amenities include multiple storage compartments for maps, coat hooks, beverage holders, and a footrest. The available cargo management system with an adjustable cargo shelf also gives you additional ways to store items throughout the interior cabin, with a package tray and cargo floor tie-downs. For additional luxury, you have access to a few neat accouterments on the Titanium trim, such as a leather-wrapped shift knob and a heated steering wheel, giving drivers that extra element of comfort.
While the 2022 Ford EcoSport happens to be economical and affordable, that doesn't mean it's bereft of some of the most cherished and sought-after tech features. One-touch down power windows, multiple smart-charging USB ports, and intelligent access with push-button start are just some of the many tech features available in Ford's EcoSport. Automatic headlights with courtesy delay, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and sliding sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors also help add to the luxury tech features without being intrusive or cumbersome.
Ambient interior lighting with Ice Blue interior gauge cluster illumination is available on all but the base trim, while a power moonroof with sunshade is standard on the SE, SES, and Titanium trims. Safety is also never an issue with the EcoSport, thanks to the built-in functionality of the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite. This gives EcoSport drivers a complete array of passive and active safety features to boot, including but not limited to hill start assist, the SOS Post-Crash Alert System, and the brake assistance to help mitigate or reduce the effect of potential collisions.
Perimeter alarm, a SecuriLock anti-theft system, and features such as the lower anchors and tethers for children all come standard, ensuring that you're provided safety from top to bottom across the board. On the upper-end trims, you have access to additional safety features as well, such as the BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) that spots vehicles and objects in the EcoSport's blind spots while also providing sensory feedback courtesy of the cross-traffic alert. Rain-sensing wipers and rear parking sensors also help add to the appeal of the EcoSport for those who want the extra safety and convenience features.
The tech extends much further than comfort, convenience and safety, though. One of the most popular features in vehicles today is the infotainment suite, and for the EcoSport, that includes standard SYNC 3 tech for the SE, SES and Titanium trims. This enables access to a wide assortment of fantastic interactivity, vehicle health information, apps, and media streaming right from the comfort of the EcoSport's cabin. Make full use of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, or surf the web and browse your favorite sites even while far out on the road, thanks to the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity. The availability of SiriusXM satellite radio also makes it possible to listen to your favorite radio programs, or browse all sorts of unique podcasts, streaming shows, and more from within the EcoSport, making it a complete subcompact SUV package.