Ford Aerostar
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Make: Ford
Model: Aerostar
Ford Aerostar

Ford finally decided it was time to enter the minivan market, and the Aerostar was their first stab at it. It was introduced as a 1986 model in the summer of 1985. Although the Aerostar was intended to be a minivan, it was in reality a mid-sized van, much like the Chevrolet Astro. The earliest models were available with Ford's 2.3 L Lima I4 engine, which at 100 hp was grossly underpowered for a van that could carry up to seven passengers and luggage. This was essentially a large boat that couldn't carry the weight it was physically able to hold. Imagine this vehicle loaded trying to make it up a hill ' pretty funny sight. To make matters worse, it was also available as an upgrade with Ford's also-underpowered 115 horsepower 2.8 L Cologne V6. Later models were finally given an appropriate source of power, and that being either the 145 horsepower corporate 3.0 L Vulcan V6 found in the Taurus and Ranger, or as of 1990, the 155 horsepower version of the Explorer 4.0 L Cologne V6. Oddly, even with the lack of power able to run the Aerostar, it was still awarded Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year for 1990. The Aerostar differed from other minivans of its time, because instead of being built on a car platform, it was built on a truck platform, which might explain why it was given an award at all. This design was developed somewhat haphazardly. As it turns out, the designers in Ford's truck office were unfamiliar and uncomfortable with unibody construction, so they essentially designed a frame into the unibody. The aerodynamic styling, which was really not all that great, was similar to the Ford Taurus, which was also introduced at the same time. A commercial ad stated that the Aerostar's front nose resembled the NASA Space Shuttle; come on, let's not go overboard ' the space shuttle could at least reach its destination which is more than can be said for the Aerostar.

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