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1996 Ford Explorer Overview
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Based on 27 reviews
The 1996 Ford Explorer model year brought the engine up to the standard set by the previous year's exterior redesign. An optional new 4.9 liter V-8 engine put out 210 horsepower, which brought the SUV well into the high-performance class; buyers could also choose the older 4.0 liter V6, 160-horsepower engine.
Trims available included the two-door Sport model, the two-door and four-door XL and XLT models, the four-door Eddie Bauer, and the four-door Limited edition. All trims, except the Limited, were available in a choice of four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.
The '96 Ford Explorer continued to appeal to families looking for a roomy, comfortable sport-utility vehicle. Cargo space was a big selling point: the 1996 Explorer provided 42.6 cubic feet with its rear seats up, and a whopping 81 cubic feet with rear seats folded down.
Once again, the '96 Explorer was the sales champion for its market niche, with more than 300,000 vehicles shipped. Drivers love their Explorers' durability and space a lot more than they love their gas mileage; the new engine offered even less fuel efficiency than before, yielding just 14 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, while the old engine continued to provide 15-18 mpg city, 20-23 mpg highway, depending on model.
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Ford Explorer Questions
How Do I Open Rear Hatch Window
How do I get rear hatch window open?
No Air Coming From Front Vents
Here's a run down of events leading up to this. Maybe 2 years ago, heat and air worked fabulously. Then one day, MAX setting on cold air stopped working, but all other settings continues to work. M...
1996 Ford Exployer No Air Blowing Out Of Vent Compressor Works Fine. Could ...
1996 FORD EXPLOYER COMPRESSOR WORKS FINE BUT NO AIR COMING OUT. COULD THIS BE A BAD SWITCH OR FUSE?
My Heater Control Switch Is Not Working..replaced It And Checked Fuse..noth...
I had the air on when I pulled out the the garage but didn't notice that it wasn't working and all of a sudden it starting working. Then one day it quit working all together.
1996 Ford Explorer Front End Noise
there is a noise when to steer hard right or left