For more than 15 years, the 2000 Ford Escort and its siblings have been the standard cars in the Ford line. Low price, reliability, and good crash test scores make it the go-to Ford model of its time.
Body Styles: two-door coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Escort, Ford Escort ZX2
The 2000 Ford Escort line gets simplified this year. Ford discontinues the station wagon and offers only one trim level for both the sedan and the coupe. Power, comfort, and sport groups also leave the lineup.
Base model exterior colors come in a variety of choices: black clearcoat, bright red clearcoat, mocha frost clearcoat metallic, oxford white clearcoat, silver frost clearcoat metallic, toreador red clearcoat metallic, tropic green clearcoat metallic, and twilight blue clearcoat metallic. Body-colored front and rear bumpers round out the exterior design of the 2000 Ford Escort.
Power brakes, a rear window defroster, 14-inch wheels, and intermittent windshield wipers all come standard on the base model. Consumers who want an upgrade can choose from alloy wheels and power mirrors.
The vehicle’s width checks in at 67 inches. The height reaches 53.3 inches, and the length stretches to 174.5 inches. Curb weight totals 2454 pounds.
Cloth bucket seating comes in either medium graphite or medium prairie tan. The 2000 Ford Escort also uses a rear split-bench seat. Other features include a center console, tinted glass, a tachometer, remote trunk release, dual visor vanity mirrors, day/night rear-view mirrors, adjustable front head restraints, a glove box, front and rear cup holders, bin instrument panel storage, dual door bins, an ashtray, two 12V DC power outlets, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system.
Power windows, a compact disc changer, a keyless entry system, air-conditioning, and power door locks round out the upgradeable options.
Interior rear hip room measures in at 49.4 inches; rear headroom reaches 36.7 inches; rear legroom totals 34 inches; rear shoulder room stands at 51.6 inches.
Performance & Handling
Both 2000 Ford Escort models feature four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension, front drive, front strut suspension, a front anti-roll bar, coil front springs, a multilink rear suspension, a rear anti-roll bar, coil rear springs, front disc and rear drum brakes, front vented disc brakes, a compact steel spare wheel and a tire, and power steering.
Identifix reliability ratings on the Escort engine find occasional problems with failures of the variable camshaft timing actuator and sprocket; flex plate; and fuel pump. Failure of the fuel pump may cause the vehicle not to start. Other occasional problems on the Escort include failure of the idle air control valve and the positive crankcase ventilation. The heating and air-conditioning constant control relay module also occasionally fails during testing. Transmission and driveline; steering and suspension; brakes; starting and charging; and accessories all check out with minimal problems.
Driver and front-passenger airbags come standard in the base 2000 Ford Escort, along with side-impact bars, a center high-mounted stop light, and several warning lights: oil pressure, battery, low coolant, lights on, key in ignition, and low fuel.
An IIHS frontal-offset test rates ?acceptable? on a four-point scale.
The NHTSA performs crash tests on the passenger side, driver’s side, side-impact front, and side-impact rear. All earn three out of five starts.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Escort: 25-27/33-35 mpg city/highway
- New optional S/R performance package for the ZX2 Coupe
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Lacks refinement
- Average interior ergonomics
The focus remains on the Focus, so expect a discount with the Escort.
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