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2002 Ford Escort Sedan

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2002 Ford ZX2

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Introduction

Ford's little ZX2 offers sporty styling, responsive handling, brisk acceleration, and everyday comfort and practicality for one or two people. You get all that for hardly more money than an economy sedan.

It offers front and rear seating and an impressively large trunk for such a small car. The ZX2 is easy on fuel. Overall, it's a fine combination of performance, practicality, comfort, and economy.

Model Lineup

Ford builds the ZX2 in three time levels. The base or standard model starts at $12,815, and comes with power mirrors, AM/FM/cassette and rear spoiler. The Deluxe series ($13,860) adds air conditioning, cruise control, floor mats, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and map lights. The Premium level ($14,315) comes with power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, and fog lights.

Some options, including leather-trimmed seats ($395), chrome wheels ($595) and premium stereo with a 6-disc, trunk-mounted CD changer ($295) are offered only with the Premium trim level. A power sliding moonroof ($595) is offered with Premium or Deluxe trim but not on Standard models.

Air conditioning can be added to the standard car for $795. ABS is available on any ZX2 for $400.

At all trim levels, Ford's 2.0-liter, twin-cam 16-valve Duratec four-cylinder engine drives the front wheels. This engine produces 130 horsepower. A five-speed gearbox is standard; a four-speed automatic is an $815 option.

New colors for 2002 are Grabber Green Clearcoat Metallic and Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic.

Walkaround

Although based mechanically on the old Escort sedan, the Ford ZX2 boasts a stylish look of its own. It is a true sport coupe, not a sedan with two doors. To our eye it still looks lean, clean, light, and agile. That said, styling ages quickly in the sport-coupe class, and the ZX2 is beginning to show its age.

Interior Features

A roomy, attractive cabin makes the ZX2 comfortable for long trips. A sporty instrument cluster peeks out from beneath a wedge-shaped dash that sweeps attractively into the door panels. Interior fabrics and materials are of higher quality than in some other cars in this class, although the inside door handles are on the dainty side.

The seats in our ZX2 were firm and supportive, if a bit lumpy, and the small headrest didn't raise high enough. The driver's seat adjusts for height, a feature shorter drivers might appreciate. The tilt steering column on Deluxe and Premium models is useful if you don't fit the average-size norm.

The rear seats are surprisingly comfortable, which is something you'd never guess from the ZX2's swooping roofline. There's enough headroom and legroom for a 5-foot, 10-inch adult, although tall drivers will use up a lot of that leg space when they push their own seat back. Heater ducts for the rear seat area add comfort in the winter. Getting in and getting out is a squeeze.

Three cup holders with liners and a center console add convenience. Hooks on the floor hold the floor mats in place. Yet while the ZX2 is nicely trimmed, it is still an inexpensive car. Not every bolt is covered with a piece of trim, as it would be in a luxury car.

It pays to read the owner's manual before attempting to operate the air conditioning. In all but two modes, the system senses when the outside temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and switches on automatically. Then it shuts off under hard acceleration to improve performance. At other times, it cycles on and off constantly. This can be a little annoying for more sensitive drivers, who may feel a subtle bump through the throttle as the compressor engages. Selecting the Vent or Floor mode can also turn the system off.

The 11.8-cubic foot trunk is a bit shallow, but it's sizable by compact-coupe standards. The rear seats can be folded forward to make room for longer items.

Driving Impressions

Ford ZX2 offers good throttle response and lively acceleration. The Zetec engine is pleasant and willing at all times, with plenty of extra punch for tight passing situations on two-lane highways. The engine's power band is flexible, providing torque and tractability at lower revs in heavy traffic. There's even enough grunt to break the front tires loose from a standing start. But a little planning is required when passing on uphill grades at high altitudes. The Zetec engine starts sounding busy at higher revs. It is not as smooth or refined as the Honda Civic's engine.

Weighing in at just under 2,500 pounds, the ZX2 accelerates from 0-60 mph in slightly less than 8 seconds. That measures up well against other leading compacts, including the Civic. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 26/33 mpg. The five-speed gearbox shifts smoothly through gear ratios that seem well suited to the engine's torque characteristics. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate the pedals, which are arranged reasonably well for heel-and-toe downshifting.

Steering is precise and handling is responsive. Ride quality is firm, but smooth. The suspension is damped well enough for soaking up potholes and irregular pavement, but still keeps the driver in communication with the road. The ZX2 is nicely balanced, although healthy understeer at the limit makes it easy and safe to drive. It is stable at high speeds, even in gusty side winds. Body lean is controlled well in corners.

The ZX2's independent front suspension uses MacPherson struts, a tough, durable setup, although not as sophisticated as double wishbones. The rear suspension is Ford's Quadralink. Front and rear anti-roll bars are standard to reduce body lean in corners. Ford engineers tuned the ZX2 suspension, steering and brakes for sporty handling and a relatively firm, controlled ride.

Stopping is no problem, with the ZX2's front discs and rear drums. We recommend the optional $400 anti-lock braking system, which helps the driver to maintain control of the steering in an emergency stopping situation.

Summary

Sporty, quick and fun to drive, the Ford ZX2 is a good choice for young, single folks. Roomy rear seats and generous trunk space make it practical for going out on the town or packing up for a cross-country haul. Its performance may not quite measure up to its aggressive appearance, but the ZX2 compares favorably against its competitors.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: ZX2 Standard ($12,815), Deluxe ($13,860), Premium ($14,315)
Engines: 130-hp 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual airbags
Safety equipment (optional): ABS
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Hermosillo, Mexico

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): ZX2 Premium ($14,315)
Standard equipment: air conditioning, cruise control, fog lights, AM/FM stereo/cassette, keyless remote entry, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, center console, split-folding rear seat, intermittent wipers, passenger vanity mirror, rear seat heat ducts, tilt steering, dual map lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, floor mats
Options as tested (MSRP): AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD and six-disc trunk-mounted CD changer ($295), ABS ($400)
Destination charge: ($515)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $15,525
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 2.0-liter dohc 160-valve inline 4-cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 130 @ 5750
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 127 @ 4250
Transmission: 5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 26/33 mpg
Wheelbase: 98.4 in.
Length/width/height: 175.2/67.4/52.3 in.
Track, f/r: 56.5/56.5 in.
Turning circle: 31.5 ft.
Seating capacity: 4
Head/hip/leg room, f: 38.0/51.1/42.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 35.1/45.1/33.4 in.
Trunk volume: 11.8 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: Independent
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 2478 lbs.
Tires: P185/60R15
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum with ABS
Fuel capacity: 12.8 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of March 04, 2002.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-392-3673 - www.ford.com

Copyright © 1994-2003 New Car Test Drive, Inc.


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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade n/a
Passenger Crash Grade n/a
Side Impact Crash Test - Front
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Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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