1995 Ford Windstar

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1995 Ford Windstar Review

A solid minivan that competes with its rivals.

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Overview

The 1995 Ford Windstar makes a very strong showing with its debut on the minivan market. It offers excellent power, even with the base model. Unfortunately, the initial run does not have all the available features found in later years. While the options are more limited, it still provides a good choice.

The 1995 Ford Windstar primarily distinguishes itself from competitors with a power engine, standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and good handling. This is unusual compared to manufacturers that usually offer an underpowered four-cylinder engines and power brakes as the base equipment. Instead of upgrading to better performance with optional features, buyers already start with a powerful, high performance vehicle. Drivers willing to look past the smaller amount of interior features are going to find it handles well enough to be a viable choice on those merits alone.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 3.8-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Ford Windstar, Ford Windstar GL, Ford Windstar LX

What's New

The 1995 Ford Windstar is a new model being introduced this year.

Exterior

While the Windstar’s basic shape is similar to other vehicles on the market, it has a fairly distinct aesthetic appearance. It is a very curved and rounded vehicle that does not quite have the same appearance as later models. It is still a unique looking vehicle, but the profile is much more typical of an average minivan than it is in later year models. A camper towing package, alloy wheels, and roof rack are available as optional equipment.

Interior

The 1995 Ford Windstar offers a massive interior with seven-passenger seating as the standard configuration. The entry-level model only has an AM/FM radio as standard equipment. Drivers either need to add optional equipment or get the LX to get most basic features such as air-conditioning, power windows, power doors, and power locks. A cargo version is available as well, with the rear seats removed. The interior features of the cargo variant are otherwise similar to the GL.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Ford Windstar handles much better than would be expected from a vehicle of its size or type. The 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine offers good acceleration, which is rare in the often underpowered minivan market. The 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine further improves the acceleration. It also turns very well, to the point it can match many larger sedans in terms of cornering ability. Overall, driving it is not too different from handling a large sedan, other than the higher elevation of the driver.

Safety

The 1995 Ford Windstar is equipped with dual-front airbags and four-wheel antilock brakes as standard equipment for all models. Traction control is available as an optional feature. Overall, it is one of the better equipped minivans in terms of safety available in 1995. Even some higher-end vehicles do not offer both of these safety features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Windstar 3.0-liter six-cylinder: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Windstar 3.8-liter six-cylinder: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large interior
  • Powerful base engine

You Won't Like

  • Tough competition

Sum Up

A solid minivan that competes with its rivals.

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