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The EPA is now reporting the 2018 EcoSport Fuel economy. Good city numbers but it is by far the worst in class for Highway efficiency. Keeping in mind that the EcoSport is also substantially smaller than its competition with the smallest displacement engines.
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I'm guessing aerodynamics causes a problem with the highway miles compared to the other vehicles.

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I'm guessing aerodynamics causes a problem with the highway miles compared to the other vehicles.
The Renegade is 31/Highway
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Can you not get the 2.0L with FWD? Why is there no rating there. Seems pretty good with AWD ratings. Best looking in it's class for sure.

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And Renegade's combined MPG is 26 compared to EcoSport's 28.
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The EPA is now reporting the 2018 EcoSport Fuel economy. Good city numbers but it is by far the worst in class for Highway efficiency. Keeping in mind that the EcoSport is also substantially smaller than its competition with the smallest displacement engines.

Pretty disappointing considering the MPG for turbos seldom meet the EPA estimate in real life.

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The 1.0L Fox engine is highly engineered and certainly impressive for its output capacity, small size weight, but it rarely shines much in terms of efficiency. An upgrade that improves all the above has been in the works since launch of current generation Fox, through friction reduction, better turbo and cam sizing. But it seems to be especially challenged in a tallish CUV. Frontal area drag impacts hwy fuel quite a bit, as we see. Not really a show stopper for many who will probably bias toward city use. Besides, this segment is more about cute and value than most segments, and it brings that in spades. But, you know how it goes at Ford, launch with older engines and then upgrade quickly after. The all new larger 1.5L I3 is a certainty to make it into the EcoSport, probably a year after launch, along with new transmissions.

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Can you not get the 2.0L with FWD? Why is there no rating there. Seems pretty good with AWD ratings.
You can only get a 2.0 if you order it with AWD.
AWD EPA economy figures are decent but still behind others in both city and highway like the Honda HRV AWD and Mazda CX3 AWD.

I guess the EcoSport is really just a city runabout (at least the US-spec model) seeing how its highway fuel economy is a weakness.

I just find it odd that the US-spec EcoSport is over 100 lbs heavier than models sold elsewhere making it heavier than an equivalent Focus.

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You can only get a 2.0 if you order it with AWD.
AWD EPA economy figures are decent but still behind others in both city and highway like the Honda HRV AWD and Mazda CX3 AWD.

I guess the EcoSport is really just a city runabout (at least the US-spec model) seeing how its highway fuel economy is a weakness.

I just find it odd that the US-spec EcoSport is over 100 lbs heavier than models sold elsewhere making it heavier than an equivalent Focus.
A FWD EcoSport weighs 3060lbs according to Ford, compared to 3003lb Focus with same engine and transmission. An AWD with 2.0L weighs 3327lbs. An AWD RS weighs 3460lbs. I donít know, not too shocking. The CUV is much taller.

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A FWD EcoSport weighs 3060lbs according to Ford, compared to 3003lb Focus with same engine and transmission. An AWD with 2.0L weighs 3327lbs. An AWD RS weighs 3460lbs. I donít know, not too shocking. The CUV is much taller.
What I find surprising is the added weight the US-spec EcoSport has over the rest of the world EcoSport (which weighs just under 2800lbs to 3000lbs).
This is definitely hurting the fuel economy numbers of the US-spec model.

Another surprising thing I guess is the much larger CR-V LX AWD (3421 lbs) is less than 100 lbs heavier than the US-spec AWD EcoSport (3327 lbs).


I still like the EcoSport in general, I'm just surprised at the figures of the US-spec model.

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