engine auto stop/start
This is the first vehicle I have owned with this feature (2018 Ecosport SES). I thought I was not going to like it.
But I must admit that after having driven about 11,000 miles with it, I really like it. It did, however, take me a little while to
train myself on the nuances of when it would shut off (or not), often depending on the situation I'm in (stop/go traffic,
red lights, stop signs, etc). I learned that depending upon how much pressure I applied to the brakes, and for how long,
I could control the start/stop action.
I really enjoy it when I get to a red light and the engine stops, and I feel like I'm not emitting emissions and wasting gas.
Now when I drive a car without this feature and I stop at a red light, I want to turn the motor off! lol.
In regards to the start/stop not activating - I have noticed this also when it is cold outside, or when the battery starts to
run low. This is especially noticeable when I am using accessories like the heated seats/steering wheel, A/C, defroster, etc.
The one thing I'm nervous about is whether all this starting and stopping will cause a premature failure of the starter motor
or other engine parts (I remember reading that 90% of the wear to an engine occurs within the first minute of starting up?).
I'm hoping the engineers have designed the engine properly for this feature.
On a related note - and I'm thinking of starting a new thread on this - I just finished a long road trip, and I was surprised
(perplexed?) at how much my MPG would vary, seemingly dependent upon the outside temperature. In cold weather, I would
get 28 mpg; in warm weather 32 mpg. This was while driving on hwys (65-70 avg mph). And it seemed that driving at night,
and/or in the rain also adversely affected my mpg. I would expect a slight variation in mpg due to these factors, but was surprised
at how much my mpg varied throughout the trip...
Last comment - despite all the bad reviews that the EcoSport received from the press, I'm really happy with mine!