*Disclosure: The vehicle and food was provided to me for testing purposes and editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*
Hey Sassy Peeps!
So a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out Ford’s smallest SUV, the 2018 EcoSport, and I must say that overall I was impressed. To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect, simply because when you think of a Ford Truck/SUV you think BIG and Sexy, but in my opinion this compact cutie is a nice addition to the fleet. Yes, I know most of us swoon when we see a F150 or a Ford Explorer cruising down the street, but there are a lot of people who want the SUV feel without the SUV size/SUV fuel expense.
Check out a few features that I totally dig…
Fun and Fashionable
This vehicle is fun and very fashionable and you guys know my motto, “YOUR VEHICLE is one of your hottest accessories”. Over the past several years I have learned several important key factors about assembling a great outfit. One of the most important, is that accessories can make or break your entire look, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that is a huge part of your total ensemble.
Stellar Sound System
OK Peeps, you know the old saying, “you learn something new everyday”, well today I learned something new about myself, or should I say, I discovered the perfect way to describe myself. You guys probably know that I am a self-proclaimed “Audio Snob.” 🙂 You probably also know that I am addicted and totally obsessed with amazing music and a stellar sound system.
Well, while reading a bit about the 2018 EcoSport a word jumped off the page and caught my attention. That word being “Audiophile”. I immediately looked it up, and low and behold it described me perfectly.
Per Wikipedia, An audiophile is a person who is enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction. Audiophile values may be applied at all stages of music reproduction: the initial audio recording, the production process, and the playback, which is usually in a home setting.
Thanks Ford for the insight! You always hit the nail on the head.
A few other words that jumped out at me were Harman Kardon. Since I am an audiophile, the vehicle became even more intriguing when I found out that Ford and Harman has teamed up, and that B&O PLAY™ Premium Audio System by HARMAN is an optional feature in the vehicle. In my opinion, although optional it should totally be considered a must have!
Now, to be honest, there are a ton of major audio systems currently on the market. However, there are only a FEW that can actually keep me listening to songs that I claim to not like, or that will keep me from going stir crazy while sitting in South Florida traffic, and one of those is the Harman!
Additional standard audio information shown below..
- AM/FM stereo with MP3 capability (S, SE, SES)
- B&O PLAY™ Premium Audio System by HARMAN (Titanium)
- SiriusXM® Radio (SE, SES, Titanium)
Above photo credit goes to Ford
Fast-Charging and More
Yep…I am always whining about USB ports not providing a sufficient charge for my phone. Well Thank God Ford was listening, because the 2018 EcoSport has included not one, but two fast-charging USB ports that ensures owners’ of devices are always juiced. Additionally, the vehicle comes equipped with two 12-volt power outlets, and an available 110-volt outlet behind the center console. Can I get a YASSSSS HUNTY! Ford you so rock ALL THE TIME! Needless to say I am so stoked about this fast-charging feature!
Another super cool feature is the Spring Gate. It actually swings horizontally like a door rather than vertically like a hatchback. This feature is great if you are on the shorter side. My mom would love this! Check it out below…
Reasonably Priced and Fuel Efficient
The EcoSport is available in four trim levels: S, SE, SES and Titanium. The starting price for this vehicle is $19,995.00 (standard base model) and the SES, the most expensive of the four models, starts at $26,740.00. Additionally, the EPA – EST. City/Hwy = 27/29.
Although the 2.o-liter ti-VCT four-cylinder with Auto Start-Stop packaged with all-wheel drive is available, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with Auto Start-Stop is standard with six-speed automatic transmission in the EcoSport. You guys probably already guessed that I am not a fan of a three-cylinder. However, Ford might be able to change my mind with this compact cutie! Heyyyy…You never know!!!!! 🙂
Additionally, the vehicle comes equipped with EcoSport’s five-passenger interior features available SYNC 3 features available SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, plus there’s an available eight-inch voice activated touch screen. #Nice!
Side Note….Let’s talk food!
Although I have driven past Jimmy’z Kitchen several times, I had never tasted their delicious Latin American Cuisine until attending this Ford event. It is definitely a must try. The establishment is known for its gourmet sandwiches. However, they didn’t hesitate to whip me up the best non-dairy, non-soy Chicken Portabella I ever tasted. #Delish!
The restaurant is located at: 60 SW 10th St, Miami, FL 33130
Days/Hours: 7 days a week, 11am – 10pm.
Sassy Peeps, what are a few things you love about the 2018 EcoSport? Do tell….Inquiring minds want to know!
To learn more about the 2018 Ford EcoSport click HERE!