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1996 Ford Probe Review
Sporty hatchback with style.
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The 1996 Ford Probe serves as an extremely safe personal coupe. This hatchback coupe offers a ton of style, great fuel economy, and plenty of options. With focus on the SE and GT trims, the Ford Probe sees few actual changes. While it isn't a powerhouse, the Probe does a great job of fitting into small spaces and getting around town. It makes a great car for someone who doesn’t need to carry a lot of people or cargo.
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Probe, Ford Probe SE, Ford Probe GT
The Ford Probe shows minor styling updates for 1996. The SE and GT become Ford's focus, and option lists simplify with more standard options per trim. Many options in the SE are no longer available, including a rear windshield wiper, a glove box light, a sunroof, and a CD player.
The exterior of the Ford Probe comes standard with tinted windows. The base model comes with 14-inch wheels. The XE and GT feature 15-inch wheels. The GT uses alloy wheels, but Ford offers chrome wheels as an option. Other exterior options for the 1996 Ford Probe include a rear spoiler, keyless entry, and a rear-window defrost system. Power windows and locks also remain optional for all models.
The interior of the 1996 Ford Probe feels tight in the back seats. Standard features include cloth seating, an AM/FM stereo system, and airbags for the driver and passenger. The GT comes with the option of leather seating. Other interior options include an AM/FM/CD stereo system, air-conditioning, and cruise control.
Performance & Handling
The standard two-liter, four-cylinder engine doesn't provide much power, but the Ford Probe GT's 2.5-liter V-6 picks up the slack. The lack of power gets worse with the use of optional automatic transmission. The suspension feels softer sprung than previous models, but overall handling remains the same in the 1996 Ford Probe.
The 1996 Ford Probe comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags. The Probe GT also comes standard with fog lights. Safety options include four-wheel anti-lock brakes. In crash tests by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Prove receives four out of five stars for the passenger frontal crash tests. In the same NHTSA tests, the Prove earns five out of five stars for the driver’s-side frontal collision tests. Overall, the Ford Probe offers plenty of safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Probe SE: 25/32 mpg city/highway
Ford Probe GT: 20/26 mpg city/highway
- Safety ratings
- V-6 option
You Won't Like
- Lack of power
- Uncomfortable back seats
Sporty hatchback with style.
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