1996 Ford Explorer Overview

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 73,995 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $750.

ZIP:
Average user score
4.2 5 stars
Based on 29 reviews

1996 Ford Explorer Overview

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.

Updated

What's your take on the 1996 Ford Explorer?

  • Report

1996 Ford Explorer Top Comparisons

Users ranked 1996 Ford Explorer against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

1996 Ford Explorer vs:

    Have you driven a 1996 Ford Explorer?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 1996 Ford ExplorerPeople researching a 1996 Ford Explorer contacted a dealer about

    Explorer

    Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

    CarGurus has 73,995 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $750.

    ZIP:
    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Ford Explorer Questions

    Why Does My 96 Explorer Dies Out And Sputters When Turning Or Coming To Sto...

    3 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 days ago)

    I Have A 1996 Ford Explorer, And It Just Started Revving On The Freeway At ...

    When I tap on the accelerator, the winding revving stops. The temp. gauge goes up while it is revving, and it is worse if I use any heat, flashers, blinkers, brakes etc. I am wondering if this is a ...

    19 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 days ago)

    Replaced Rear Main Seal On 1996 Ford Explorer 4.0l V6 With 250,000+ Miles. ...

    7 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    Do You Have A Vacuum Diagram For A 96 Ford Explorer

    Looking for diagram. Have a hose off and don't know where it goes.

    11 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    1996 Ford Explorer V6 4.0

    When I first start my 96 Ford explorer the Tom's jump it spits and spuders and then shut off,but it will crack back up .If I keep my foot on the gas just a little bitto keep it from shutting off t...

    5 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)