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1996 Ford Aerostar

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1996 Standard Rear-wheel Drive Cargo Van
most popular
Price:   -  From $16,725
1996 XLT Rear-wheel Drive Wagon Price:   -  From $17,355
1996 XLT Rear-wheel Drive Extended Wagon Price:   -  From $20,655
1996 XLT Rear-wheel Drive Extended Wagon Price:   -  From $23,545


Bad enough that Johnny Carson had to retire. Tougher yet--for men, anyway--when Madison Avenue's idea of maturity forced Cheryl Tiegs off magazine covers. Considering all the emphasis on youth in America, it's nice to know a few traditions remain untouched, such as that roomy old reliable, the Ford Aerostar minivan. It's a big minivan with a folksy ambience--a family dinner table on wheels--and except for the welcome tweak here and there, not a lot about the Aerostar has changed in recent years. Except, of course, its life expectancy. Ford was all set to put the Aerostar to sleep a couple years ago, when the front-drive Windstar emerged as the company's slick new family hauler. Understandably, Ford saw little reason to keep a loveable old lug like the Aerostar around. Still, Aerostar's charm then and now is that it possesses some of the broadest shoulders in the marketplace. It's a rear-wheel-drive horse that can haul loads and hold lots of people. Had Ford carried out its plans, families galore would have been as disappointed as a militant majority of Ford dealers, who lobbied hard to keep the Aerostar in the family. The dealers didn't want potential customers heading off to General Motors for Chevy Astros and GMC Safaris, the Aerostar's key competitors. So, here it is again in '96. Big and pleasantly bulky. Long, especially in the long wheelbase model, and offering some of the best legroom of any vehicle this side of a rock star's road bus. But it's also good-looking and pleasant to drive, a maxi minivan that delivers family-solid, meat-and-potatoes service covering a broad range of duties.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 140 HP / 160 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 24 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 140 HP / 160 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 24 / 21 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact / Full-size
Fuel Tank
21.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
174.9 "
Exterior Width
71.7 "
Exterior Height
72.9 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,487 Lbs.
Wheel Base
119 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
3 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am / Am/fm Stereo
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver Front-impact
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
Rear Wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
Accessories Months

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