Research 1996 Ford Escort specs for the trims available. Choose the desired trim / style from the dropdown list to see the corresponding specs.



Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Brake ABS System
Brake ABS System 4-wheel
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 9.25 x 0.87
Brake Type Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 7.9 x 1.5

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 35.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 17.3

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.3
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.3


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 460
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 75


Engine Order Code 99J
Engine Type Gas I4
Displacement 1.9L/114
Fuel System SEFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 88 @ 4400
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 108 @ 3800

Exterior Dimensions

Length, Overall (in) 170.0
Liftover Height (in) 30.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 56.5
Track Width, Front (in) 56.5
Height, Overall (in) 52.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.7
Wheelbase (in) 98.4

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.9

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in) 34.6
Second Head Room (in) 37.6
Second Head Room (in) 36.3
Front Hip Room (in) 51.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7
Front Head Room (in) 38.4
Front Head Room (in) 37.0
Second Hip Room (in) 46.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.6
Passenger Capacity 5


EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - TBD -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - TBD -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38


Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 23.7
Steering Type Manual Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 4.3
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 31.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -


Vehicle Name Ford Escort
Body Style 3 Door Hatchback


Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 30
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 30
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.79
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear Independent strut
Suspension Type - Front Independent strut


Rear Tire Size P175/70R13
Spare Tire Size T115/70D14
Front Tire Order Code T15
Rear Tire Order Code T15
Spare Tire Order Code
Front Tire Size P175/70R13


Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)


Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.42
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD,
Trans Type 5
Trans Type 4
Trans Order Code 445
Trans Order Code 44T
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.62
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.55
Clutch Size (in) 7.87
Clutch Size (in)
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.21
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.33
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.29
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.54


EPA Classification Compact

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2323


Front Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Size (in) 14 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 13 x 5.0
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 13 x 5.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum