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2000 Ford Contour

$691 — $691 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Contour, a front-wheel-drive sedan that is smaller than the Taurus may have a short future. Production of the similar Mercury Mystique ends Dec.23, and the Kansas City, Mo., plant that builds the Mystique and Contour will convert to production of a new car-based sport utility vehicle.

Production of the 2000 Contour will continue at a Ford plant in Mexico, but the company has not said for how long or in what volume. Industry observers predict the Contour will disappear at the end of the model year.

Contour and Mystique debuted in the United States as 1995 models, derived from the European Ford Mondeo under a $6 billion program to design and build cars for global markets.

However, the car was more successful in Europe than in the United States. The Contour's interior size was too close to the smaller Escort's, while the price was too close to the larger Taurus'. The new Ford Focus has a larger interior and a smaller price than Contour.

Exterior
Contour comes only in conservative four-door styling. The sporty SVT version is more noticeable because of its front air dam, round fog lamps, side sill extensions and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior
All models seat five, but the rear seat is surprisingly short of legroom for a car with a 106.5-inch wheelbase. A split, folding rear seat augments the 14-cubic-foot trunk.

Under the Hood
A 125-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the base engine and a 2.5-liter, V-6 with 170 horsepower is optional on the Contour...
Vehicle Overview
Contour, a front-wheel-drive sedan that is smaller than the Taurus may have a short future. Production of the similar Mercury Mystique ends Dec.23, and the Kansas City, Mo., plant that builds the Mystique and Contour will convert to production of a new car-based sport utility vehicle.

Production of the 2000 Contour will continue at a Ford plant in Mexico, but the company has not said for how long or in what volume. Industry observers predict the Contour will disappear at the end of the model year.

Contour and Mystique debuted in the United States as 1995 models, derived from the European Ford Mondeo under a $6 billion program to design and build cars for global markets.

However, the car was more successful in Europe than in the United States. The Contour's interior size was too close to the smaller Escort's, while the price was too close to the larger Taurus'. The new Ford Focus has a larger interior and a smaller price than Contour.

Exterior
Contour comes only in conservative four-door styling. The sporty SVT version is more noticeable because of its front air dam, round fog lamps, side sill extensions and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior
All models seat five, but the rear seat is surprisingly short of legroom for a car with a 106.5-inch wheelbase. A split, folding rear seat augments the 14-cubic-foot trunk.

Under the Hood
A 125-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the base engine and a 2.5-liter, V-6 with 170 horsepower is optional on the Contour. The high-performance SVT Contour uses a fortified version of the V-6 with 200 horsepower and has a stiffer suspension and larger tires.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.8
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Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.2)
Comfort
(3.3)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(3.7)
(4.0)

Good vehicle to learn a stick

by Chris from Krum, TX on January 31, 2018

V6 engine has some pep for high way driving, but was still easily manageable to teach the clutch to my kid learning to drive. Read full review

(5.0)

Ford Contour

by Wilmore Charles kemp from Opalocka Florida on July 11, 2017

This car fits the most best criteria I have ever driven also it is one of the primary account to deal with also I will drive this car whatever I can at all time where I bought the car from was one of ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2000 Ford Contour currently has 7 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Contour received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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