1998 Ford Contour SVT Consumer Review: unknown, unappreciated, under-

1998 Ford Contour SVT - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

42 Total Reviews

Base Sedan (2.5L V6 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
unknown, unappreciated, under-rated...
By zerosvt on


1998 Ford Contour SVT 4dr Sedan


The engine loves to be revved and
sounds wonderful while doing it. The
shifter action and handling are the
best from any fwd American car yet.
Sure, its low 15 second 1/4 mile time
is respectable, but this car's strong
points are its handling and highway
cruising abilities. Not that it's slow
in a drag race either; just drag racing
wasn't its intent. The Contour SVT was
easily the best handling fwd sport
sedan ever available in America until
the recent Mazda Protégé, but still
beats that car in acceleration. The
car is not perfect, but it does what it
was made for very well.

Best Features

Glorious engine sounds. Wonderful, flat cornering. Understated yet aggressive SVT styling. Many people- even car enthusiasts, don't know what it is. A driver's car- you need to love all aspects of driving to understand this car's mission, not just full out drag racing.

Worst Features

No oil pressure gauge or voltmeter. No limited slip differential. Some cheap interior parts. Often held down by the "Contour" stereotype, or the car SVT shouldn't have made based on raw acceleration numbers. Atrocious resale value.
Recommend (0) (0)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.