The 1995 Ford Escort is part of the automaker’s second generation of Escort, which had commenced four-years earlier. It shares its platform with the Mercury Tracer, and both vehicles were built upon the Mazda B platform, facilitated by Ford’s 25 percent stake in Mazda. Several versions permeated the market: the base-model is a two-door hatchback; a luxury-minded model is available in an LX two-door hatchback, four-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and four-door station wagon; and a touring model, known as the GT, is a two-door hatchback.
The 1995 Ford Escort lineup, in various its forms, is among the American car company’s longest running and most recognizable models. Developed as a replacement for the troublesome Pinto, it enjoyed perennial popularity and received many industry awards including the 1995 IntelliChoice award for Best in Class for the LX-station wagon.
Body Styles: hatchback, sedan, station wagon
Engines: 1.9-liter inline four-cylinder, 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Escort, Ford Escort LX, Ford Escort GT
The 1995 Ford Escort adds a new dash and a front passenger side airbag for improved safety.
The 1995 Ford Escort base model is a two-door hatchback, while LX designations are considerably more varied and are found in hatchback, sedan, and wagon versions. The redesign that occurred in 1992 brought updated body panels, more cabin space, and an asymmetrical grille to all of the various Escort models. The base model employs 13-inch tires in its standard configuration, while the LX features 14-inch tires and the GT uses 15-inch. The GT also incorporates a rear spoiler.
The 1995 Ford Escort base model includes bucket seating and a center console as standard equipment. A re-envisioned dashboard debuts with the release, which is found in all versions. Optional features include air-conditioning, AM/FM stereo, and rear window defroster. In comparison, the LX is outfitted with AM/FM radio and tinted windows and also presents optional cruise control, cassette or CD stereo, power windows, doors, locks, and moon roof. The GT, on the other hand, adds cassette stereo to its standard issuance and introduces optional leather steering wheel trim.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Ford Escort models are given a small engine-size, which keeps it from being considered as a powerhouse by any account. It's geared for safety and efficiency over speed, although the GT offer more power. The base and LX models feature a 1.9-liter, inline four-cylinder engine outputting 88 horses. The GT offers a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder, which boosts output to 127 hp. All models feature a five-speed manual transmission as standard with a four-speed automatic available as an option. Still handling is present with front strut suspension including a stabilizer bar, as well as a stabilizer bar with independent coil springs in rear.
The 1995 Ford Escort receives an added passenger side air bag. Other safety features include impact-resistant bumpers and body side molding. The front-wheel drive ships with two disc brakes, though a four-wheel anti-lock braking system is an option for LX and GT trim levels.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Escort: 23/31 mpg city/highway
- Great gas mileage
- Overall cost of ownership
You Won't Like
- Lacking power for acceleration
- Air-conditioning not included standard configuration
Safe and reliable for the budget driver.
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