2001 Escort New Car Test Drive
Ford's ZX2 provides responsive handling and a zippy engine bundled in a hot-looking compact coupe with a rakish design. Front and rear seating is spacious and comfortable, and the trunk is impressively large for such a small car. The ZX2 also delivers good fuel economy. Overall, it's a fine combination of performance, practicality, comfort, and economy -- all for a decent price.
One model is available that retails for $12,145, but you'll probably want to add a few options. Air conditioning, for example, is not standard and adds $795. ABS is a $400 option. AM/FM/cassette is standard.
Ford's 2.0-liter twin-cam 16-valve Duratec four-cylinder engine drives the front wheels. This engine produces 130 horsepower. A five-speed gearbox is standard. A four-speed automatic is an $815 option.
(Ford dropped the 'Escort' from the ZX2's name for 2001; Escort sedan is still being sold to rental agencies and other fleet buyers, but has been largely replaced by the Ford Focus.).