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2003 Ford Escort
ZX2
No Data Available
2020 Ford Explorer
AWD
MSRP
$34,765
Invoice
$33,722
Average Price Paid
$33,410
12 listings nationwide

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2003 Ford Escort
ZX2
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AWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2003 Ford Escort
ZX2
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$13,750
4 listings nationwide

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2020 Ford Explorer
AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$35,605
5 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2003 Ford Escort
ZX2

The last of a classic breed, the 2003 Ford Escort was the final model in one of the automaker's top-selling economy lines. The popular subcompact was designed as a low-cost family car...

2020 Ford Explorer
AWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The midsize Ford Explorer has been around for nearly 30 years and was most recently redesigned in 2011. That year the SUV traded its truck-based construction and straightforward, uprig...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2003 Ford Escort
ZX2
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2003 Ford Escort ZX2Review:

:d — exterior is a newer style. interior is nice. not to bad on gas. easy to drive. lately have had probl...

Primary Use: Family transportation

85
2003 Ford Escort ZX2Review:

Escort Zx2 (lead Footer) — This car handles nimbly, probably due to the light weight, but the stock tires don't have very much ...

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2003 Ford Escort ZX2Review:

Ford Escort — Si lo llevas al piso queda hermosooo. Bastante fragil pero se la banca. Tiene buena mecanica y si lo...

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

2020 Ford Explorer
AWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2003 Ford Escort
ZX2
2020 Ford Explorer
AWD
Powertrain
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
23 MPG
23 MPG
16 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
28 MPG
30 MPG
23 MPG
27 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 12 gal 19.2 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Flex Fuel Vehicle
Gasoline
Power
130 hp @ 5,300 RPM
130 hp @ 5,300 RPM
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--
Torque
135 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
135 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
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--
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
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--
12:1
10:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
3,300 cc
2,300 cc
Bore x Stroke
--
--
3.56 in x 3.41 in
3.45 in x 3.7 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags -- Standard
Curtain Airbags -- Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Front Driver 4 stars --
Front Passenger 4 stars --
Side Driver 1 stars --
Side Rear Passenger 4 stars --
Rollover (pre-2011) 4 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Optional Standard
Cassette Player Standard --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Optional Standard
Driver Power Seats -- Standard
Passenger Power Seats Optional --
Interior
Maximum Seating 4 seats 7 seats
Front Legroom 42.5 in 43 in
Back Legroom 33.4 in 39 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume -- 18.2 cu ft
Maximum Towing Capacity -- 5,300 lbs
Exterior
Length 175.2 in 198.8 in
Width 67.4 in 89.3 in
Height 52.3 in 69.9 in
Wheelbase 98.4 in 119.1 in

Available Options

2003 Ford Escort
ZX2
2020 Ford Explorer
AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Blue Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Oxford White

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