2001 Ford Escort

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

175.2” x 52.3”


Front-wheel drive



2 trims

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  • Base

  • ZX2


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2001 Ford Escort review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.6
  • Interior 3.2
  • Performance 3.7
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 3.7
  • Reliability 3.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Great car to get around!

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


My first stick

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 on with no major work. Replace the air condition, tune up, front tires, and brakes and rotors. My only complain is that it has started vibrate a little more than usual and lacks power. Going to try to try some bake maintaince


2002 Ford Escort ZX2

I bought this car used. Had to have all the motor mounts and transmission mount replaced - has to be all at the same time - to get rid of a bad vibration. All told, I spent about what the blue book value was. The car is fine now, and I get about 33mpg city/highway. I think the moon roof is cool.

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Based on the 2001 Ford Escort base trim.
Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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