The Escort was once one of the most popular cars sold by Ford. The cheap price and honest driving characteristics made the car popular with budget-minded consumers. By the 1990s, however, the Escort was outclassed by compacts from Honda and Toyota. The build quality of the final generation of the Escort was plagued with problems and underpowered (via Hot Cars).
The final generation of the Escort was not the most attractive car on the road. But the ZX2 variation looked cool, but those looks were only skin deep. The car was bombarded with complaints and shunned by the automotive press. The Escort might be a cheap deal, but it’s one that most drivers would be wise to avoid.