Absolutely reliable. Not the most quiet or refined automobile in its class, but VERY cheap to fix and maintain. The perfect utility-type vehicle for work/students/grocery chasing. Excellent mileage. The standard for dependability! This is my third Escort. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.
Mine is the LX "SPORT" model (sedan). It has a sportier look to it, both inside and out, which I like, along with the alloy wheels. I don't much care for the "oval" radio package. Greatly limits replacement options there.