2002 Escort New Car Test Drive
Ford's little ZX2 offers sporty styling, responsive handling, brisk acceleration, and everyday comfort and practicality for one or two people. You get all that for hardly more money than an economy sedan.
It offers front and rear seating and an impressively large trunk for such a small car. The ZX2 is easy on fuel. Overall, it's a fine combination of performance, practicality, comfort, and economy.
Ford builds the ZX2 in three time levels. The base or standard model starts at $12,815, and comes with power mirrors, AM/FM/cassette and rear spoiler. The Deluxe series ($13,860) adds air conditioning, cruise control, floor mats, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and map lights. The Premium level ($14,315) comes with power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, and fog lights.
Some options, including leather-trimmed seats ($395), chrome wheels ($595) and premium stereo with a 6-disc, trunk-mounted CD changer ($295) are offered only with the Premium trim level. A power sliding moonroof ($595) is offered with Premium or Deluxe trim but not on Standard models.
Air conditioning can be added to the standard car for $795. ABS is available on any ZX2 for $400.
At all trim levels, 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.
New colors for 2002 are Grabber Green Clearcoat Metallic and Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic.