1996 Ford F-250

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1996 Ford F-250 Review

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The 1996 Ford F 250 represents part of the F-Series full-size pickups manufactured by Ford Motor Company. The F-Series has been sold continuously for almost half a century, with the first generation introduced in 1948.

The F-Series remains the longest-running and bestselling vehicle by Ford to date. The 1996 model year marks the last one for the ninth generation of the F-Series, which began in 1992 with a complete restyling. The tenth generation Ford F-Series aims for a more rounded exterior than the 1996 Ford F 250.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door pickup, four-door pickup
Engines: 5.8-liter V-8, 4.9-liter I-6, 7.5-liter V-8, 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F 250 HD XL, Ford F 250 HD XLT, Ford F 250 XL, Ford F 250 XLT

What's New

The 1996 Ford F 250 and other 1996 Ford F-Series trucks mark the last of the ninth-generation F-Series, but that has not prevented Ford from making several changes for this year. The short-wheelbase crew cab model of the F 250 gets a 6.75-foot cargo bed in both the two-wheel and four-wheel drive versions.

The 7.5-liter V-8 engine used in the 1996 Ford F 250 also comes fitted with a standard integral oil cooler and a throttle control module. The interior of the truck has been revised as well, with the revisions including a black finish on the instrument panels, an automatic-locking restraint safety belt for all outboard seat positions, and a revised seat design that now comes with an integrated headrest.

The 1996 F 250 gets some exterior changes as well, especially in the front. A trailer two wiring harness comes standard on all models of the F 250, except the chassis cab models.


When compared to the eighth generation, the ninth-generation F 250 has a more aerodynamic-looking front end. The front end for this year has been modified further with a slotted style front bumper.

The wheelbase of the 1996 Ford F 250 ranges from 133 inches for the regular cab with a long cargo bed to 168.4 inches for the crew cab model with the long cargo bed. The length also varies from 197.1 inches to 248.9 inches.


The regular cab models of the 1996 Ford F 250 offer enough space inside to easily seat three adults. Legroom and headroom seems abundant for the passenger at the end and the driver, but the passenger in the middle may get a little uncomfortable. This happens because the transmission tunnel that runs right through the middle of the cabin takes up a lot of legroom for the person in the middle.

The dashboard shows a big improvement over the previous generation. The climate control system proves easy to use, and the audio controls sit within easy reach of the driver. All models of the 1996 Ford F 250 offer plenty of headroom.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 F 250 contains a standard 4.9-liter, inline six-cylinder engine that delivers 150 horsepower. The second available engine, a five-liter V-8, delivers 200 horsepower. The 5.8-liter V-8 delivers 205 horsepower. The biggest engine available, the optional 7.5-liter V-8, delivers 245 horsepower.

The six-cylinder engine actually has almost the same torque as the five-liter V-8, but the V-8s prove better because they offer better acceleration and performance. Stability seems a little problematic, especially in the face of strong crosswinds. Steering feels a tad loose too, especially in the models that have a short wheelbase.


Safety information remains unavailable for the 1996 Ford F 250, but the smaller F 150 receives a complete five-star rating for passenger and driver safety during frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F 250, 5.8-liter V-8, automatic: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engines
  • Lots of space inside
  • Powerful towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Noisy engines
  • Poor stability and handling

Sum Up

One of the best trucks on the road.

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