Originally, the Ford Aerostar had four models -- base, Eddie Bauer, XL and XL Plus.
The second generation Ford Aerostar was introduced for this model year, where in which Ford gave major updates to their first minivan.
Integrated child safety seats were added as an option.
The Ford Aerostar was marked for extinction in 1994, but received a last-minute reprieve. It was now restored to Ford's minivan lineup, in a greatly simplified model range. However, the XL, XL Plus and Eddie Bauer versions have been dropped. Other significant deletions included the 5-speed manual transmission and the 5-passenger seating package.
For 1995, the Aerostar was available in a single model only, the XLT. Also new for 1995 were side-impact door beams, and 7-passenger seating and air conditioning, now standard equipment in the wagon models.
The Ford Aerostar was placed in the middle of the minivan market, where it appealed to value-conscious buyers who prized its rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive formats and its high towing rating. Prime competitors included the Chevrolet Astro, the GMC Safari and the Dodge Caravan.
The Aerostar was available in two series, the standard 2-seat (cargo) van and the (passenger) wagon. The Wagon came in the single XLT trim level, in regular and extended-length versions and in 2-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The base engine remained the 135-horsepower 3.0-liter ohv V6. More performance was available from the optional 155-horsepower 4.0-liter ohv V6 engine. The standard transmission was a 4-speed automatic overdrive.
Though option packages have been cut back, the Aerostar still offered a wide range of options including an electric rear-window defroster, integrated child safety seats and dual or quadruple captain's chairs.
The Aerostar was upgraded from 135 to 140 horsepower.
In its final year of production, the Aerostar sold more than 2 million copies of itself. The last ones were produced on August 22, 1997.
As of January 10, 1994:
- $15,870 (1994 Ford Aerostar Cargo Van)
- $18,415 (1994 Ford Aerostar Cargo Van with all-wheel drive)
- $15,150 (1994 Ford Aerostar XL)
- $18,620 (1994 Ford Aerostar XL with all-wheel drive)
- $16,595 (1994 Ford Aerostar XL Extended)
- $19,515 (1994 Ford Aerostar XL Extended with all-wheel drive)
- $22,145 (1994 Ford Aerostar XLT with all-wheel drive)
- $23,470 (1994 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer)
- $25,380 (1994 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer with all-wheel drive)
- $24,270 (1994 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer Extended)
- $26,290 (1994 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer Extended with all-wheel drive)
As of mid-1994:
- $16,725 (1995-1996 Ford Aerostar Cargo Van)
- $17,355 (1995 Ford Aerostar XLT)
- $20,655 (1995 Ford Aerostar XLT Extended)
- $22,980 (1995 Ford Aerostar XLT Extended with all-wheel drive)
As of June 15, 1995:
- $17,820 (1996 Ford Aerostar XLT)
- $21,120 (1996 Ford Aerostar XLT Extended)
- $23,445 (1996 Ford Aerostar XLT Extended with all-wheel drive)
- $540 (1994 and early 1995 models)
- $555 (1995 and early 1996 models)