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1996 Base 2dr Hatchback
most popular
Price:   -  From $10,065
1996 LX 2dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $10,910
1996 LX 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $11,345
1996 LX 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $11,515
1996 LX 4dr Station Wagon Price:   -  From $11,900
1996 GT 2dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $13,205


In the 1994 model year, the Ford Escort was the third best-selling car in the United States, settling right behind the Ford Taurus and Honda Accord, and sitting ahead of other small-car favorites such as the Saturn and Honda Civic. What made the Escort so attractive to 336,967 buyers last year? First of all, it's a smart, modern, well-priced compact car. And second, it's easy to purchase thanks to Ford's popular one-price selling plan, which offers any LX coupe, sedan or wagon for the same manufacturer's suggested retail price. The vast majority of Escorts are sold under the one-price plan. This is a comprehensive package that offers amenities such as power steering, 14-in. bright aluminum wheels, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo, clock, rear-window defroster, cupholder with a removable liner, and power mirrors. In addition, the wagons also have a luggage rack and rear windshield wiper/washer. With a manual transmission, the price is $11,995; that number jumps to $12,810 with an automatic. There are no deletions, but upgrades are available. Most Escorts are sold with some upgrades, particularly in the audio system. This is a high-value package, so it's no wonder it has been popular. The GT - our test car - is not part of the one-price plan. Available only as a 3-door hatchback, our GT featured an optional special decor package with an Ultra Violet exterior that will knock your socks off and appeal to every passerby under the age of 25. The interior boasted Opal Gray bucket seats, door panels and seatback inserts, all trimmed with Ultra Violet. These aesthetics don't come cheap; our test model rang up at $16,670.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.9L I-4 / 88 HP / 108 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man
Available: 4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
31 / 38 / 34 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.9L I-4 / 88 HP / 108 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
31 / 38 / 34 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
11.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
170.0 "
Exterior Width
66.7 "
Exterior Height
52.5 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,323 Lbs.
Wheel Base
98 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual Remote / Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver Front-impact
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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