Art by Neal P. Corpus
A vehicle has to meet certain prerequisites to guarantee the ideal, long drive: solid suspension, comfortable seats, a quiet engine, a playlist that can bop for hours. That last one you gotta make on your own, but most cars otherwise already meet the basic standards of comfort.
The only real concern left, when it comes to long drives, is conserving fuel. If you’re planning to go out of town with friends, or just take time away from the city, you’ve likely set aside a budget for burning gasoline — how do you even begin thinking about saving gas for trips like that? Unless you’re driving a solar-powered convertible, answers don’t come easy.
The mini SUV, first launched in 2014, sees new life and more power in its current, upgraded form, with a cooler-looking exterior and new technological features, including a 1.0L EcoBoost engine.
It should be a default setting for cars to be designed specifically for conserving energy, like the Ford EcoSport. The mini SUV, first launched in 2014, sees new life and more power in its current, upgraded form, with a cooler-looking exterior and new technological features, including a 1.0L EcoBoost engine. Without getting too much into car jargon, the engine is super economical on fuel, and even comes with auto start-stop technology. Basically, if this car is idle or stopped for a certain amount of time, it just stops consuming gas, even when you’re on the road. But once the light turns green, you can step on the pedal and it goes right away.
My way, the highway: Because the Ford EcoSport is designed to conserve fuel, it’s perfect for long drives.
We tested out this lean machine on a long trip of our own. We met up with the Ford team at their Balintawak branch. The Ford EcoSport vehicles in lustrous Lightning Blue and Ruby Red (though it also comes in other colors like Ingot Silver, Canyon Ridge, Crystal White, and Absolute Black!) were ready to rev. Many of us took turns driving, so I also got the chance to sit in the driver’s seat. Speaking as someone who is still terrified of driving and would rather pay an exorbitant Grab fee than hold a stick shift, the Ford EcoSport made me feel comfortable. It was an automatic I sat behind that day, and it felt good, steady on the pedal on a flat freeway.
The first day of our trip included lunch at a little eatery called Ima’s Pamangan, and a visit to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The sleek EcoSports looked weirdly out of time in a setting that, visually, harkens back to colonial times. Heading up the mountain to where we’d stay for the night, Sinagtala Farm Resort, was a smooth ride. Most uphill drives get you carsick either from the bumpiness or the winding curves — that wasn’t the case here, though. The next day we stopped by The Beanery before rolling back onto the freeway. Smooth ride all throughout.
Steel and stone: We drove our Ford EcoSports to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, known fo being a site which preserves and maintains old, colonial-era houses.
I’ll be real with you guys: again, as someone who’s terrified of driving, the best part of this whole trip was actually getting to drive the dang car. The drive was already comfortable enough as is, and I imagine it’s a bigger pleasure to actually own the thing, and enjoy the luxury of never having to mentally calculate how much fuel you’re burning at every traffic light, knowing you’re being as economic as possible. You can even get the feeling of extra security with the EcoSport Trend since it comes with four airbags, while the EcoSport Titanium has six. Honestly, in a city where the roads bring us to the edge of rage every day of the week, there are few things better than a car designed to put you totally at ease.
The new EcoSport is available in all Ford dealerships nationwide.