Escort has been Ford's best-selling small car since 1981, but the company expects the new Focus to take over that role. Escort continues as a four-door sedan and sporty ZX2 coupe. The station wagon is gone, and the sedan now comes in a single price level. Ford has not said how long it will continue offering the Escort alongside the Focus, which was designed in Europe and will be sold worldwide.
Like most small cars, there's enough room for most adults to be comfortable in the front bucket seats, but the rear seat has limited headroom and legroom. The rear seatback folds to expand the trunk's 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The modern dashboard design has easy-to-read gauges and controls conveniently grouped in the center.
Under the Hood
You can buy an Escort with any engine you want, as long as it is a 110 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional.
Escort provides economical transportation in a conventional small-car package. Because Focus is the center of attention, bigger discounts should be available on the Escort.