1996 Ford F-150 Specificationsby Matt Wooddy
For several years, the Ford F-150 has not only been the highest selling truck in the United States, but it has been ranked as one of the highest-selling automobiles, according to a January 2010 article on ameinfo.com. The 1996 model year marked the last for the ninth-generation styling of the full-size F-150 truck. Seven F-150 models were available that year, providing a wide market for a large consumer audience.
The base engine that came standard in all 1996 Ford F-150s was a 4.9-liter, inline six-cylinder engine that advertised 145 horsepower. There were two V8 options: a 302-cubic-inch, 5.0-liter engine with 205 horsepower, and a 351-cubic-inch, 5.8-liter engine with 210 horsepower. The six-cylinder engine was suggested for light-duty driving, since fuel efficiency was better than either of the V8 options. The larger engines were for consumers who needed extra performance for heavy-duty loads and towing capabilities. All the engines offered during this year were electronically fuel injected instead of having a carburetor system.
Two drivetrain options were available in the 1996 Ford F-150. The standard drivetrain was two-wheel drive, ideal for road-only consumers intending to use the truck for light, everyday use. The optional four-wheel drive was available in all F-150 models. This particular feature allowed consumers to activate power to all four wheels when driving off-road or on icy roads.
There were seven different model sizes available with the F-150 in 1996. There were two bed-size options--categorized as short and long bed-- and three types of cab sizes--regular, XL regular and SuperCab. Cab and bed sizes were interchangeable, so any combination was available.
Available interior options for the 1996 Ford F-150 included a CD player, power windows, electronic rear-view mirror and a power driver's seat. In Ford's line of Explorer SUVs, an Eddie Bauer option was available that included upgraded seats, steering wheel and dashboard components. This option was available in the F-150 starting in 1995.
Matt Wooddy has been a freelance writer since 2006. His work has been featured in local and national audio magazines. Aside from graphic design and illustration work, he has also taught several classes on painting and drawing basics. Wooddy is also a DJ and technical engineer.