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How Reliable Is the Ford EcosSport?

Ford isn’t well-known for making reliable cars, but Ford is still capable of making a good car. That said, more often than not, Ford’s offerings are a mixed bag, and there’s usually a few good things and a few bad things about the car. That’s pretty much the case with the Ford EcoSport, which is one of Ford’s latest models. 

Mixed reviews

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Technically speaking, the Ford EcoSport isn’t a new model, but for American customers, it is. Ford has been making the EcoSport for non-American markets for a long time now, and recently, in 2018, Ford introduced the EcoSport to American shores.

As a subcompact crossover SUV, the EcoSport had quite a few competitors, as its segment has been booming in the U.S. as of late. 

That said, by and large, car reviewers were not very kind to the EcoSport. For example, U.S. News gave the 2020 EcoSport a mere 6.1 out of 10 in terms of its overall rating.

When that score is broken down, it gets worse. The EcoSport did well enough in things like cost and reliability, but it was simply sunk by its interior, its performance, and what critics thought of it overall. In fact, U.S. News said that critics gave the EcoSport a 4.4 out of 10, overall.

How reliable is the Ford EcoSport?

A Ford EcoSport on display at an auto show
The Ford EcoSport being debuted | Jasjeet Plaha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

That said, the EcoSport has been selling well around the world for good reasons. For the 2019 model year, U.S. News reported that the EcoSport had a respectable reliability rating of 3 out of 5, which gives it relatively average reliability. This isn’t very impressive, but Consumer Reports actually disagreed with U.S. News on this front. 

Since the EcoSport is a relatively new car for Consumer Reports, there’s not much data available yet. However, for the 2018 model year, Consumer Reports said that the EcoSport had no real reliability issues.

Every part of the 2018 EcoSport scored really well for reliability, and it’s why Consumer Reports gave it a 5 out of 5 for its predicted reliability rating. 

The EcoSport looks even better when it’s compared to the other SUVs in its segment. In fact, Consumer Reports wrote that the EcoSport’s overall reliability rating was a staggering 89%. This made it tied for third place in its segment, only behind the Lexus UX and the Hyundai Kona.

This also means that the EcoSport is more reliable than SUVs like the Subaru Crosstrek and the Jeep Renegade. 

The pros and cons of the Ford EcoSport

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While Consumer Reports gave the EcoSport high marks for reliability, overall, Consumer Reports had similar opinions about the EcoSport as U.S. News and other car reviewers had. The EcoSport, in Consumer Reports’ review, only received an overall rating of 68 out of 100. While this made it the sixth-best SUV in its class, it was still significantly behind competitors like the Crosstrek or the Kona. 

That’s largely because Consumer Reports agreed with most other reviewers in terms of how the EcoSport drives. It has two engine options, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine that gets 123 hp and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 166 hp, and both engines just aren’t that great. These engines don’t make the EcoSport sporty by any means, and additionally, it’s not a very comfortable SUV to drive around in.

The EcoSport, according to Consumer Reports, has an uncomfortable ride and it’s kind of noisy, too. Furthermore, it doesn’t really have much cargo room, and there aren’t many standard features, either.

That said, Consumer Reports did like how easy it was to drive and use, and for its starting price tag of $20,000, it’s not too expensive, either.