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2001 Ford Escort

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$939 — $4,567 USED
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4 Seats
29 MPG
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Vehicle Overview
The Escort used to be one of Ford’s best-selling models, but it plays a smaller role now that the Focus has taken over as the high-volume small car. The Escort survives as a four-door sedan available as a fleet vehicle for daily car-rental companies and other high-volume customers. The sporty ZX2 coupe is still available to consumers.

Ford hasn’t said when Escort production will end, but there may not be a 2002 version of the sedan, and the ZX2 might stay in production longer.



Exterior
The front-drive Escort sedan and ZX2 coupe share a 98.4-inch wheelbase, but the coupe is about an inch longer at 175 inches overall. The coupe’s unique, sportier styling is aimed at a younger audience.



Interior
The front bucket seats provide enough room for most adults to fit comfortably, but the rear seat has limited headroom and knee room in both body styles. The rear seatback folds to expand the trunk in both the sedan, 12.8 cubic feet, and the coupe, 11.8 cubic feet.

The modern dashboard has easy-to-read gauges and controls conveniently grouped in the center in what Ford calls an “integrated control panel.” A cassette player is standard, and a premium sound system with a six-CD changer is optional.



Under the Hood
The Escort sedan comes with a 114-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the ZX2 uses a dual-camshaft version that generates 130 hp. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional.Antilock brakes also ...
Vehicle Overview
The Escort used to be one of Ford’s best-selling models, but it plays a smaller role now that the Focus has taken over as the high-volume small car. The Escort survives as a four-door sedan available as a fleet vehicle for daily car-rental companies and other high-volume customers. The sporty ZX2 coupe is still available to consumers.

Ford hasn’t said when Escort production will end, but there may not be a 2002 version of the sedan, and the ZX2 might stay in production longer.



Exterior
The front-drive Escort sedan and ZX2 coupe share a 98.4-inch wheelbase, but the coupe is about an inch longer at 175 inches overall. The coupe’s unique, sportier styling is aimed at a younger audience.



Interior
The front bucket seats provide enough room for most adults to fit comfortably, but the rear seat has limited headroom and knee room in both body styles. The rear seatback folds to expand the trunk in both the sedan, 12.8 cubic feet, and the coupe, 11.8 cubic feet.

The modern dashboard has easy-to-read gauges and controls conveniently grouped in the center in what Ford calls an “integrated control panel.” A cassette player is standard, and a premium sound system with a six-CD changer is optional.



Under the Hood
The Escort sedan comes with a 114-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the ZX2 uses a dual-camshaft version that generates 130 hp. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional.Antilock brakes also are optional.

 
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From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(3.7)
Interior Design
(3.2)
Comfort
(3.6)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Great car to get around!

by Kathyg from Gastonia NC on December 19, 2017

This car met our needs. We needed a car for my husband to get to work and it is a perfect little car. Read full review

(4.0)

My first stick

by Josebg from Astoria on November 16, 2014

I bought this car in October 2013 to learn to drive stick. It had 150,000 miles on it. It has never left me stranded. Easy car to Learn to drive stick, great on fuel. I have put on over 10,000 miles ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2001 Ford Escort currently has 1 recall


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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 Escort 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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