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Putting the “Fun” in Functional With the 2021 Ford EcoSport

With SUVs and crossovers sweeping the American automotive market, drivers who prefer something sportier or “zippier” may wonder what they’re supposed to drive. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that smaller hatchback vehicles were all the rage. For those who prefer to drive something with that zoom appeal, the 2021 Ford EcoSport has arrived to provide a kicky, exciting, fun, and economical way to get from Point A to Point B.

For those who feel like the city is no place for a large vehicle, or for those who simply have no reason or inclination to drive a three-row SUV, this sporty yet spacious crossover has arrived to put a little more joy back into the art of driving. Whether you’re thrilled at the prospect of four-wheel drive or love the sound of up to 29 miles per gallon in highway driving fuel economy, the 2021 EcoSport is creatively designed to put a little more cheer into the art of driving.

Driving with More Pep: The 2021 Ford EcoSport

For those looking for a track-ready crossover, or something capable of pulling a 10,000-pound trailer, the EcoSport is not for you. But for those looking for a polite, responsive vehicle that drives with a certain type of glee, Ford has just the crossover for you.

The 2021 EcoSport is available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, though the front-wheel drive option is not available on all trims. For those who select front-wheel drive, the EcoSport is equipped with a 1.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine that provides 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. This may not seem like a lot of steam, but remember, this crossover is for fun driving. Your fuel budget will also find this engine delightful as the front-wheel drive EcoSport manages an average of 27 miles per gallon on the city streets and 29 miles per gallon on the highways.

EcoSport models equipped with available Intelligent all-wheel drive will enjoy the extra power included with the 2.0L inline-4 engine these models receive. With 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque, test drivers report that this is the EcoSport to take on long, winding roads to enjoy the sport-tuned suspension and steering. The all-wheel drive EcoSport loses a touch of its fuel efficiency on city streets, with the EPA-estimate fuel rating at 23 miles per gallon, but highway fuel economy remains the same at 29 miles per gallon.

The black interior of a 2021 Ford EcoSport shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

Equally Well Equipped to Move People and Cargo

Sometimes we need a little solo adventure to clear our minds and center ourselves. Other times, we need our crew and all of our equipment to have the best time possible. Whether you’re taking a personal journey or letting out steam with the gang, the 2021 Ford EcoSport is ready when you are.

The EcoSport offers seating for up to five passengers. Both the S and SE trims feature cloth-trimmed bucket seats, though the SE trim adds the comfort of heated seats for the driver and front passenger. The SES and Titanium trims include ActiveX perforated front bucket seats that are both heated. The driver’s seat on these trims also offers power adjustments for ultimate comfort.

With all seats occupied, the 2021 EcoSport offers 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Those who select the SE trim or above can also take advantage of the Cargo Management System, which provides adjustable features such as a shelf and rear load floor. This allows drivers to create an ideal storage space for everything you’ll need to make your time on the road the best ever. The available Cargo Management Package provides additional organizers, including an optional cargo net to keep everything secure on the long haul.

When you need even more space for the fun stuff, the 60/40 split rear seat both flips up and folds flat. With the second row fully folded flat, the cargo room in the EcoSport increases to 50 cubic feet. Those who select the all-wheel drive EcoSport with its 2.0L engine also have the ability to tow up to 2,000 pounds, as well, perfect for adding some extra adventure gear to the mix.

All the Features You Want and Need

When it comes to going where the road of life takes us, we want to have a good time, but we want to be safe as well. The 2021 Ford EcoSport has both areas well-covered with both the features and safety packages offered on each trim level.

Things start off right with the S trim. While this is the base trim, it’s definitely not basic. Drivers will enjoy Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology, including AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, which provides stability support in a variety of weather and road conditions, such as snow and gravel. A rearview camera and Emergency Brake Assist System are also on board. The S trim also includes two smart-charging USB ports and two 12V power outlets, cargo tie-downs and cover, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

The SE trim takes things up a notch or two. The Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology is upgraded to include a Reverse Sensing System, and available features like Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation and the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) are offered. The SE also comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, as well as SiriusXM radio and Ford’s SYNC 3 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Those who select the Titanium trim will enjoy an abundance of additional fun stuff. This model features the full suite of safety features, including standard BLIS and navigation as part of their Ford Co-Pilot360 bundle, as well as rain-sensing windshield wipers. The spacious cabin with leather-wrapped, heated interior features makes it cozy in all kinds of climates. Add on to that the sleek chrome details and Bang & Olufsen sound system, and you’re ready to road trip in style…or just enjoy your daily commute in bliss.

The SES trim rounds out the 2021 EcoSport family. Inside, drivers will find an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an upgraded heated steering wheel and a seven-speaker audio system. A power moonroof lets the outside in while ambient interior lighting and automatic headlights set the scene. This trim is tuned up to be extra sporty and responsive, with a specialized suspension system and an optional black-out appearance package.

A grey 2021 Ford EcoSport is shown from the rear driving on an open highway in the mountains.

Final Thoughts

If driving has become a chore, perhaps it’s time to consider how to make getting behind the wheel fun again. The 2021 Ford EcoSport might be exactly what you need to regain your interest in seeing the world again. From its peppy and appropriately powered engine options to its clever design that’s neither too big nor too small for most drivers, the EcoSport is a crossover that even the grumpiest or pickiest driver can enjoy cruising in. There’s plenty of room for passengers or cargo alike, and the all-wheel drive options offer extra towing capacity, as well.

Then comes the fun part: choosing exactly which accessories will enhance your life and drive style. Each EcoSport trim comes with plenty of features, and optional packages allow you to customize exactly the ride you need to feel good on the road of life. It’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of life, and the EcoSport gets it. Whether you prefer the simple life or all-out luxury, the 2021 Ford EcoSport has your needs in mind. It’s about time driving became less of a chore and more of a reward!