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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe ZX2 Standard
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe ZX2 Standard 26 33 $12,054 $12,815
2-Door Coupe ZX2 Deluxe 26 33 $13,016 $13,860
2-Door Coupe ZX2 Premium 26 33 $13,434 $14,315
2-Door Coupe GL Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $15,151 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 23 29 $16,015 $16,775
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $15,706 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 23 29 $16,570 $17,725
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $16,675 $17,900
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 44 $17,539 $18,775
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 24 31 $17,876 $19,200
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 23 29 $18,740 $20,075
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual Sport 24 31 $18,847 $20,250
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 24 31 $20,001 $21,500
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 23 29 $20,865 $22,375
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual S 23 30 $21,756 $23,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,054
$15,151
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$12,815
$15,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$214 / month
$265 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 26 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4 33.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 80.6 85
Front Head Room (in) 38.0 41.3
Second Hip Room (in) 45.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.8 52.8
Second Head Room (in) 35.1 36.7
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 48.7 49.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 39.4
Front Hip Room (in) 51.1 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 25.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.4 67.9
Track Width, Front (in) 56.5 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 3.9
Length, Overall (in) 175.2 161.1
Height, Overall (in) 52.3 59.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 56.5 58.5
Wheelbase (in) 98.4 98.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 11.8 12.0
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.1 x 0.87 11.0 x 0.87
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 9.0 x 0.35
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x 1.48 NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.8 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1 3.04
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.0 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 31.5 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P185/60R15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P185/60R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size T115/70D14 P205/55HR16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2478 2817
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 14 x 4 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.45 5.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 540 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 95 70
Engine
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 130 @ 5300 115 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 135 @ 4500 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) 8.86 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.36
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.76 0.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.16 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.83 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.10 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.78
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Escort Volkswagen New Beetle
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.51 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 35 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.00 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear Quadralink Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 30 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut Independent
 
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