Japanese car manufacturers make quite an impression with compact or economy cars. After all, they seem like a big hit overseas, it only makes sense they would do well here. American carmakers had to catch up and the Escort represents one of the homegrown solutions. Towards the end of its run, the 2002 Ford Escort not only gets outshone by competitors, but by those at home as well. The Ford Focus takes the attention away from the Escort in a big way. Still, not to say the Escort cannot find a good home with someone looking for a good price and a reliable drivetrain.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Escort ZX2 Coupe, Ford Escort ZX2 Deluxe Coupe, Ford Escort ZX2 Premium Coupe, Ford Escort Fleet Sedan, Ford Escort Premium Fleet Sedan
Ford chooses not to make a lot of changes to the Escort family of cars for the 2002 model year. It makes a couple of changes and additions to the exterior color choices. The Deluxe and Premium Groups replace the Power and Comfort Groups.
The Ford Escort for the 2002 model year provides an attractive coupe with lots of curves and accents to make an impression. Unfortunately, the Escort often gets overlooked in favor of the Focus with its sharper lines and more modern design concepts. The front end and grille of the 2002 Ford Escort look reminiscent of the long-nosed designs of the past. Ford leaves its logo in the center of the grille as well. Accent lines run down the doors and sides of the car. The rear end gets neatly squared-off for the trunk space. It comes in several color choices. Some of the most popular ones include Bright Atlantic Blue Metallic, Black, and Bright Red.
The cabin of the 2002 Ford Escort seems on the small side. Many make complaints about the limited space in the interior for passengers as well as cargo. The Escort comes equipped with cloth bucket seats in the front of the cabin as well as a rear split-folding seat. Power accessories include door locks and windows. The interior of the Escort also features a leather steering wheel, interior storage space from the center console, and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo. Cruise control and air-conditioning provide standard equipment as well.
Performance & Handling
The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine Ford places in the 2002 Escort shows no problems. It generates 130 hp and reaches 60 mph in about eight seconds. Not bad for an economy car. This motor pairs with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. Either option serves the engine well. While not dynamic in other senses of the word, the 2002 Ford Escort shines with its drivetrain. Unfortunately, the Focus always seems a bit better.
As with other aspects of its design, the 2002 Ford Escort remains rather basic even in the safety category. It comes equipped with child seat anchors, daytime running lights, and front fog or driving lights. It also has front disc and rear drum brakes. An emergency interior trunk release comes standard as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Escort: 23/31 mpg city/highway
- Standard 130-hp engine
- Affordable pricing
You Won't Like
- ZX3 dwarfs the Escort in the showroom
- Limited cabin space
- Uncomfortable seating
A compact family car near the end of its run.
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