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2002 Ford Windstar Review

Unimpressive handling mars the benefits.

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Overview

Since its inception the minivan has appealed to families with special features added to ensure comfort and function. The 2002 Ford Windstar makes no exception to this rule. It provides a well-equipped, comfortable van sure to fit most family needs. The cabin feels a bit cramped and could be better designed, but it offers lots of comfort and tons of safety features. Dual side sliding doors add a plus as well. This minivan could be a good choice for anyone looking for space, lots of features, and a great safety rating.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Windstar LX Standard, Ford Windstar LX, Ford Windstar LX Deluxe, Ford Windstar SE, Ford Windstar SEL, Ford Windstar Limited

What's New

The 2002 Ford Windstar includes several changes, including a new stability control system. All models also come equipped with sliding doors on both sides of the van. Additionally, Ford offers four new exterior color choices for the 2002 Windstar. The SE Sport leaves the lineup and the SE no longer offers leather seats. The LX receives some upgrades and offers 16-inch alloy wheels. The LX also offers the Autovision entertainment system as an option.

Exterior

The 2002 Ford Windstar shows off a classic look. Little distinguishes it from the rest of its class. It features a traditional Ford front end and grille. The headlights appear uniquely shaped and the Ford logo sits placed in the center of the grille. All trim levels come equipped with dual sliding doors on the sides. Roof racks add some visual interest and even the LX Standard offers painted bumpers to match the rest of the body color. For this model year, Ford adds four new exterior paint colors to the already long list. Some of the more popular choices include Spruce Green Metallic, Light Sapphire Blue Metallic, Matador Red Metallic, and Black.

Interior

While nothing to write home about, the 2002 Ford Windstar comes decently equipped for the family life. The major complaint with this model concerns the space in the cabin, which seems improperly utilized. For such a large vehicle, it has limited room in the interior especially in the second and third rows. The seats, whether upholstered in cloth or leather, feel comfortable. Ford offers a special mirror system in its minivans that allow the front-seat passengers to see what happens in the second and third rows easily. The Autovision entertainment system provides an option for all of the trim levels. This device proves especially useful on long trips with the family.

Performance & Handling

All of the trim levels of the 2002 Windstar employ a 3.8-liter V-6. Coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain proves efficient. The acceleration on the 2002 Ford Windstar surpasses expectations, as long as you don’t mind the racket from the V-6. The ride quality suffers from the less-than-solid handling capabilities. It does have the equipment, performance, and handling to take care of most families’ needs effectively though. It makes a good choice for most midsize to large families.

Safety

Where the 2002 Ford Windstar may fall short in the performance and interior design categories, no one can dispute the effectiveness of its safety features. It represents one of the most secure models on the road when using restraints and features correctly. Some of the more useful features include the front and side airbags. These airbags come equipped with sensors that monitor the severity of the crash and act accordingly. The seat belts include pretensioners, and a low tire-pressure warning system ensures the tires stay in good condition as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Windstar: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Lots of interior features
  • Plenty of safety features
  • Good crash-test ratings

You Won't Like

  • Noisy V-6 engine
  • Poorly used interior space
  • Sloppy handling
  • Disjointed ride

Sum Up

Unimpressive handling mars the benefits.

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