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1996 Ford F-150 Review
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The 1996 Ford F-150 is one of the most common pickup trucks found on the road for good reason. The wide range of models and options gives buyers a lot of choice in customizing the F-150 to fit their needs compared to competitors. It's primarily designed as a workhorse with good power, a large truck bed, rugged construction, and solid performance on every model. Drivers willing to pay a little more can make it roughly comparable to a passenger vehicle in terms of interior comfort.
The 1996 Ford F-150 doesn’t offer the same range of options as most passenger vehicles, but it offers all of the basics, which are occasionally omitted from other more work oriented models. A fully-loaded Eddie Bauer is roughly equivalent to a mid-range passenger vehicle. However, the interior is spacious, especially with the extended cab option.
Engines: 4.9-liter six-cylinder, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, 5.8-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five -speed manual
Models: Ford F-150 Special, Ford F-150 XL, Ford F-150 XLT, Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer
The 1996 Ford F-150 Lightning is discontinued, and the interior is redesigned in all models to improve safety. The instrument panel trim receives a black finish in all models, except the Eddie Bauer, which uses wood trim instead.
The 1996 Ford F-150 is available with a regular cab or extended cab for all four models. It's equipped with steel wheels and trailer wiring as standard equipment, and the Lariat has alloy wheels instead as the standard option.
The 1996 Ford F-150 is a fairly utilitarian vehicle, so amenities are not a standard focus across all models; as such, it only has an AM/FM radio. The higher-end Eddie Bauer has more amenities as standard equipment such as leather trim, cruise control, air-conditioning, a cassette player, and power mirrors, locks, and windows. A CD player is available as an optional feature.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Ford F-150 has solid performance even with decent-sized payloads. The acceleration is better with the eight-cylinder models, but the six-cylinder base engine still provides good power output. Four-wheel drive is a standard feature, so the F-150 maintains solid traction, even in slippery conditions. The only weak point is the turning, which is relatively large, and it's a long vehicle on top of that. The turning performance is pretty typical for a full-size truck but might feel more awkward for drivers not used to it. It performs adequately off road, as well. Although it's not going to offer quite as smooth a ride as a dedicated off road vehicle, it works well enough for transporting equipment through relatively even terrain.
The 1996 Ford F-150 has driver-side airbag and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on every model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford F-150 2WD, 4.9-liter six-cylinder, automatic: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 2WD, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, manual: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 2WD, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, automatic: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 2WD, 5.8-liter eight-cylinder: 11/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 4.9-liter six-cylinder, manual: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 4.9-liter six-cylinder, automatic: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, manual: 11/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, automatic: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 5.8-liter eight-cylinder: 11/15 mpg city/highway
- Large range of models
- Good all-around performance
- All models available with extended cab option
You Won't Like
- Weak fuel economy
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