Milking the car
By wolffie on
Vehicle2003 Ford Escort ZX2 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewThe ZX2 does exactly what a car of its size and build should: move. Ford's five-speed manual transmission does an excellent job of milking every last one of the engine's 130 horses. It shifts smoothly, and gets decent gas mileage (26 city, 30 hwy) even with quick starts more, ah, spirited driving. It handles well, even at high speeds, and turns tightly, capable of making a complete 180 on slightly wider residential streets. I've driven a Focus, and, roomier though it was, I felt like I was driving a small tank; it felt combersome compared to the succinct body of the ZX2. It's no Mazeratti, but it's definitely a blast to drive.
Best FeaturesManual transmission; farily roomy under the hood; small, sporty design; small but gutsy engine; narrow-as-a-sparrow's- throat turning radius. Fairly easy to maintain (e.g., oil changes) as well.
Worst FeaturesCruise control and tilt steering ought to be standard. Furthermore, the clutch should be brought towards the driver a few more inches; the difference between depressing that and the gas is a little too wide. Blind spots could be improved as well.
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