|Compact car; Built in USA, Mexico|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,800*|
1992 Ford Escort 4-door sedan
1991 Ford Escort LX 4-door wagon
1991 Ford Escort GT 2-door hatchback
1993 Ford Escort LX Sport 2-door hatchback
1994 Ford Escort GT interior
With Escort you get plenty of practical value. Though the Escort can’t match a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla for refinement, it does give the impression of true quality in the subcompact field.
For 1991, this popular subcompact was given a substantial reworking. Wheelbase grew four inches on a front-drive platform derived from the Mazda 323/Protege. Body styles were the same as before: 2- and 4-door hatchbacks, plus a 4-door station wagon. (The similar Mercury Tracer came as a 4-door notchback sedan or a wagon.) Low-end Pony and step-up LX Escorts kept the 1.9-liter Ford 4-cylinder engine from the prior generation. The GT 3-door hatchback got a smaller dual-cam engine that whipped up 127 horsepower. All Escorts had motorized front shoulder belts.
Escort added two 4-door notchback sedans, a regular LX plus an LX-E with the GT’s engine. The LX-E had GT-style seat/door trim, 4-wheel disc brakes, and a sport suspension.
Escorts went on sale early this season, showing only minor styling revisions. All except the GT got a slightly restyled grille. The LX gained body color bumpers; GTs, new wheels and spoilers.
Antilock braking became available on the GT, and all models added a driver-side airbag. Front passengers stuck with the motorized seatbelt.
Dual airbags were installed, but Escorts retained motorized seatbelts anyway. A new instrument panel held revised climate controls, and the optional air conditioner was more powerful. An integrated child safety seat became available.
Seatbelts added an automatic locking retractor that eliminated the need for locking clips with a conventional child seat. A redesigned Escort went on sale in late May as an early 1997 model.