Now that the Ford Focus has arrived on the scene, the 2000 Ford Contour upgrades to a high-end car of the Ford line. The chassis, suspension, and steering mark the top of the line, however it still suffers from a severe lack of room for back-seat passengers.
Industry insiders predict an end to the Contour, as Ford plans production for a new car-based SUV.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Contour SE Sport, Ford Contour SE
The Contour LX model gets dropped for 2000. Equipment dropped on the model now comes standard on the Sport. Ford offers new colors, and an emergency trunk release handle comes standard. The 2.5-liter V-6; 15-inch, eight-spoke aluminum wheels; a rear spoiler; remote keyless entry; body cladding; a 60/40-split folding seat; and fog lamps now come standard as well. However, the maker no longer offers leather seating for the 2000 Ford Contour.
Ten new exterior colors enhance both models of the 2000 Ford Contour. Standard features for the SE Sedan include power brakes, a rear window defroster, tinted glass, 14-inch wheels, a remote trunk release, intermittent windshield wipers, power exterior mirrors, and a rear spoiler.
Options include bucket seating, rear split-bench seating, a keyless entry system, and/or an AM/FM/cassette/CD audio system.
A power moonroof provides an additional available option on the SE Sport.
The SE and Sport both measure in at 69.1 inches wide, 54.5 inches tall, and 184.6 inches long, with a curb weight of 2769 pounds and a wheelbase of 106.5 inches.
Bucket cloth seating comes in midnight blue. Drivers enjoy a center console, a lighted entry system, a tachometer, driver and passenger front airbags, cruise control, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows and power door locks, and an AM/FM cassette audio system.
Passengers don’t receive a ton of interior room with only 45.3 inches of rear hip room, 36.7 inches of rear headroom, 34.4 inches of rear legroom, and 53.3 inches of rear shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Ford Contour uses front drive with sport, front-strut suspension. Front and rear anti-roll bars, coil front and rear springs, and a multilink rear suspension help create a smoother ride. Rack and pinion steering creates better handling.
Traction control and a four-wheel anti-lock brake system both make upgrades in the SE sedan.
According to Identifix, the 2000 Ford Contour’s engine has some problems. The variable camshaft timing actuator and sprocket on the two-liter fails, along with the fuel pump, which may cause the vehicle not to start. The water pump on the 2.5-liter occasionally fails, as well. A transmission and driveline problem causes a failure of the flex plate on the two-liter, which also might prevent the vehicle from starting.
Driver and passenger front airbags come standard in both models, as well as fog lights.
An NHTSA crash test rating for the passenger area in rear side-impact collisions receives four out of five stars. Driver impact receives five out of five stars, and the side-impact front earns a contrasting three out of five stars.
An IIHS frontal-offset test rates ?poor? overall. Bumpers rate poorly, and head restraints come in at ?marginal.?
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Contour: 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Solid handling
- Standard V-6
- Affordable price
- Great gas mileage
You Won't Like
- Lacks rear-passenger room
Fun to drive, bad to be a passenger.
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