Consumers have been electing to put utility vehicles in their garages in lieu of traditional sedans, vans and wagons for the better part of a decade, but with the seemingly steady rise in gasoline prices, the current trend is towards smaller sport utility (SUV) and crossover utility (CUV) offerings.

In response to this trend, the bulk of auto manufacturers have thoroughly revamped their product catalogs to include a wide variety of compact SUV and CUV offerings in an effort to meet the growing demand.

Ford has had great success with the compact Escape and likely with the new 2019 Edge ST, but in an effort to capture an even greater share of this burgeoning market they are bringing the sub-compact EcoSport to our shores.

I had an up close and personal look at a preproduction 2018 EcoSport last July, and now the opportunity to spend a day exploring Saint John’s, Newfoundland, in a pair of evaluation units, one fitted with the 1.0 EcoBoost engine, while the other derived its motivation from a 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder.

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