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1996 Ford Bronco Review
The last year of an iconic SUV.
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The 1996 Ford Bronco comes with two engine choices, two transmission choices, and three trim levels. The five-liter V-8 is standard for all models, and the 5.8-liter V-8 comes optional for all models. The five-speed manual transmission is standard for the XL and XLT models with the four-speed automatic being optional. However, the Eddie Bauer can only come with the four-speed automatic transmission. One outstanding feature is the lumbar support for the XLT.
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8, 5.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Bronco XL, Ford Bronco XLT, Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer
The 1996 Ford Bronco receives a new turn signal system embedded in side view mirrors and a few minor trim changes.
The 1996 Ford Bronco comes with chrome front and rear bumpers, a rear step bumper, and a chrome grille. Standard features include a power rear windshield, skid plates, and a spare wheel/tire, while deep tinted windows are optional for all models. Dual manual mirrors are standard on the XL and optional for the XLT, and dual power remote mirrors are standard for the XLT and Eddie Bauer. It's available as an option for the XL, which comes with steel wheels. The XLT, on the other hand, comes with silver styled steel wheels, and the Eddie Bauer comes with silver alloy wheels. The XL and XLT come with the option of chrome styles steel wheels, and the XL and Eddie Bauer have the option of silver styled steel wheels. The XLT can also come with machined alloy wheels. The XLT also comes standard with black body side moldings and a pickup cargo box light. The Eddie Bauer has driver and passenger auto dimming mirrors standard.
The 1996 Ford Bronco comes with front bucket seats, rear seat easy entry, and a lighted glove box. Power windows and automatic air-conditioning are optional for all models. The XL comes standard with an AM/FM stereo, while the XLT and Eddie Bauer comes standard with an AM/FM/Cassette audio player, which is available as an option for the XL. An AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system is optional for the XLT and Eddie Bauer. Vinyl upholstery is standard for the XL and Eddie Bauer, while cloth upholstery is standard for the XLT; however, cloth upholstery is optional for the XL and Eddie Bauer. Leather upholstery is also available for the XLT and Eddie Bauer models. The XL comes with the options of bench seats, a full floor console, front map lights, and a dome light.
The 1996 Ford Bronco XLT gets a standard passenger vanity mirror, tilt steering wheel, and front passenger lumbar support. It also comes with the options of bench seats, captain seats, cargo net, full floor console, front map lights, dome light, driver vanity mirror, and two-way driver and passenger seats. The Eddie Bauer comes with manual air-conditioning, a full overhead console, full floor console, front map lights, dome light, and driver and passenger vanity mirrors standard. Options for this model include captain seats, a cargo net, and two-way driver and passenger seats.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Ford Bronco comes with part-time four-wheel drive and automatic locking hubs. A front anti-roll bar is standard, and a rear anti-roll bar is optional. Heavy duty front and rear shocks are standard and a locking/limited slip differential is optional. It can tow up to 4000 pounds; meanwhile, cruise control is standard for the XLT but not available for the other models.
The 1996 Ford Bronco comes with standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, a driver front-impact air bag, and fixed interval front windshield wipers. Remote keyless entry is available as an option for the XLT and the Eddie Bauer.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Anti-lock brakes
- Powerful engine
- Power rear windshield
You Won't Like
- Optional air-conditioning
- No passenger air bag
- Fuel economy
The last year of an iconic SUV.
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