2002 Ford ZX2

  • 2002 Ford ZX2 Base Coupe

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2002 Ford ZX2 Review

Surprising that it has kept in competition next to the superior ZX3.

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The 2002 Ford Escort ZX2 attracts young buyers with unique styling, versatility, an affordable price, and fun-to-drive features. The ZX2 provides a version of the Ford Escort sedan, but as a coupe. It shares a basic platform and suspension system with the Ford Escort sedan. The ZX2 has its own styling and distinctive body panels; that may be the reason for its longevity. The Ford Escort ZX2 debuted in 1998.

The Ford ZX2 comes in one two-door coupe body style. Affordability marks one of the reasons for the ZX2’s popularity, which looks similar to its younger sibling, the Ford Focus. The 2002 Ford Escort ZX2 may be a bit of an oldie, but still considered worthy in the segment.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford ZX2, Ford ZX2 Deluxe, Ford ZX2 Premium

What's New

The Premium and Deluxe Groups replace the Power and Comfort Groups. The Ford ZX2 stays the same except for a few new colors.


Some of the exterior features include variable intermittent wipers, a rear spoiler, a rear defogger, a steel spare wheel, a temporary space tire, all-season tires, and 15-inch alloy wheels. The 2002 Ford ZX2 measures 67.4 inches wide and 52.3 inches tall. The wheelbase measures 98.4 inches. Towing capacity reaches 1000 pounds, which remains average in the class. Ford offers several body paint colors for the ZX2.


Inside, the 2002 Ford ZX2 looks roomy enough for seating adults in two buckets up front and a rear split-folding bench seat. A sophisticated-looking instrument panel sits nicely within the driver’s view. Some drivers find it a little crammed, but easy-to-read, regardless. The cabin space seems adequate and rates above others in the segment. Cargo capacity totals 11.8 cubic feet.

Standard features for the base include remote trunk release, dual vanity mirrors, low fuel warning, power steering, front door pockets, front cup holders, and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo. The options include adding packages to the ZX2 to enhance performance, appearance, and convenience. The Deluxe and Premium package adds air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel, power outlets, a tilt steering wheel, power door locks, power windows, an anti-theft system, keyless entry, leather bucket seats, a six-CD disc changer, and cruise control.

Performance & Handling

The engine used to power the ZX2, a two-liter four-cylinder Zetec, makes 130 horsepower with 127 lb-ft of torque. It pairs with a standard five-speed manual transmission. Shoppers can opt for a four-speed automatic. The competitive Zetec engine type runs on gasoline and has a turning circle of 31.5 feet. The 2002 Ford ZX2 uses a front-drive system and an independent four-wheel and multi-link suspension in the rear.


Safety tests by the government for the 2002 Ford ZX2 only consist of side-impact crashes. The rear crashes result in an award of four stars out of five. The front crash tests rate poorly, receiving only one star out of five. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performs frontal-offset tests. The test results prove “Acceptable” for protection during frontal-offset crashes.

The ZX2 does not offer anti-lock brakes or airbags because of its age. Newer coupes would have the necessary safety equipment factory-installed, whereas the ZX2 does not. Standard safety features include front disc brakes, child seat anchors, rear drum brakes, emergency trunk release, and daytime running lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford ZX2 Base: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Ford ZX2 Deluxe: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Ford ZX2 Premium: 23/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Reasonable price
  • Standard 130-hp motor

You Won't Like

  • Lacks cabin space
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Competes against the Focus ZX3

Sum Up

Surprising that it has kept in competition next to the superior ZX3.

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