Ford's first minivan in the U.S. market was the Ford Aerostar, which lasted for 12 model years.

Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]

1991[edit | edit source]

Originally, the Ford Aerostar had four models -- base, Eddie Bauer, XL and XL Plus.

1992[edit | edit source]

The second generation Ford Aerostar was introduced for this model year, where in which Ford gave major updates to their first minivan.

1993[edit | edit source]

Integrated child safety seats were added as an option.

1994[edit | edit source]

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.

1995[edit | edit source]

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.

1996[edit | edit source]

The Aerostar was upgraded from 135 to 140 horsepower.

1997[edit | edit source]

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.

Retail prices[edit | edit source]

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)

Shipping prices[edit | edit source]

  • $540 (1994 and early 1995 models)
  • $555 (1995 and early 1996 models)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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