1996 Ford Thunderbird

  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Notchback

    LX Notchback

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1996 Ford Thunderbird Review

An American classic reborn.

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The 1996 Ford Thunderbird is a popular muscle car that's equipped with a V-8 option and comes with plenty of standard luxuries and a long list of options for personalization. Other than the intake manifold, the design is sturdy and reliable. While new engines make for a more powerful Thunderbird than the previous year's model, high safety ratings make it a secure and solid choice.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Thunderbird LX

What's New

The 1996 Ford Thunderbird receives several upgrades, which includes sleeker styling, a sports package, and the removal of the Super Coupe model. The engines have been upgraded to include more power and fewer tune-ups. While it runs quieter than ever before, seat fabrics are made of a new material, and the anti-theft alarm system is now an option.


The 1996 Ford Thunderbird upgrades to include a new hood, rear, and headlights and comes in eleven color choices. Standard exterior features include tinted glass, 15-inch wheels, and power exterior mirrors. Consumers can choose additional options to include a rear spoiler, alloy wheels, and chrome wheels. Other exterior options include powered moonroof, power antenna, and a rear window defroster.


The 1996 Ford Thunderbird comes standard with cloth bucket seats in the front and a bench in the back, which can be replaced with bucket seats. Moreover, the seating can also be replaced with leather seating. Other standard features include AM/FM/Cassette stereo, air-conditioning, and power windows and locks. Meanwhile, additional options include AM/FM/CD stereo system, power driver's seat, and automatic climate control.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Ford Thunderbird provides 145 horsepower in the 3.8-liter V-6 engine that comes standard. It has plenty of power, but a larger 4.6-liter V-8 option is available, which comes with 205 horsepower. While it is extremely responsive with great acceleration, it also comes standard with power steering and brakes. Traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes are optional for better control on the road.


The 1996 Ford Thunderbird comes standard with driver and passenger front side airbags. Optional features include anti-theft alarm system, traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted crash tests and awarded passenger and driver frontal collision safety with five out of five stars. Overall, it's an extremely safe sports car.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Thunderbird LX: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sleek design
  • Plenty of options
  • Great safety ratings

You Won't Like

  • Poorly design intake manifold in 4.6-liter engines
  • Heavy body
  • Dated sheet metal

Sum Up

An American classic reborn.

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