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FordAerostar.Shaped by the wind and today's changing needs. Ford's totally new Aerostar is strikingly shaped to slice the wind. The unique wedge design gives it aerodynamics unmatched in its class. Inside the sleek body shell there's uncrowded comfort for seven.* Or the capacity for 140 cu. ft. of cargo. * Aerostar is fun to drive, easy to maneuver, and park. Its new technology offers features others don't have. Aerodynamics... the wind works for you. The wedge-shaped Aerostar slides smoothly through the air. Minimizes wind noise. And actually uses the airflow to press down on the vehicle for improved road holding and handling. Choice of V-6 power or high-tech Four. Aerostar has an advanced 2.3L Four standard. Its multiport electronic fuel injection meters a lean mist of fuel precisely to each cylinder. If you want added power and response, choose the computer controlled 2.8L V-6-bigger and stronger for extra performance. Tows almost 2/2 tons. Because of its high strength, optional V-6 power and rear-wheel drive, the versatile Aerostar can be equipped to tow up to 4,900 lbs.' That's nearly 2/2 times more than most mini-vans! Whether you're carrying people or cargo or towing a trailer, the weight is on the rear driving wheels where it needs to be for full traction and control. Take your seats. The Aerostar Wagon offers you a selection of matched seats: buckets, Captain's Chairs and bench. There's room for It's "people friendly' You sit tall in Aerostar, with a clear view of the road ahead-surrounded by luxury, style and com fort. Rear riders enjoy the open feel of sliding side windows. Plus unusual options like rear stereo controls and headphone jacks. Easy to park. Fits your garage. For all its interior room, Aerostar is the shortest mini-van. You slip into parking spots with ease. Aerostar is sized to go in your garage or through the car wash. Quality is built in. Ford took the time to make Aerostar right the Ford Aerostar vs. Chrysler Mini-vans AEROSTAR CHRYSLER Aerodynamic for lower air drag .37 Cd .42 Cd Standard 4-cylinder engines 2.3L 2.2L V-6 engine power option 2.8L V-6 NONE Bigger cargo space (cu. ft.)** 140 125 Extra driver legroom 41.4 in. 38.3 in. Max. opt. trailer towing capacityt 4900 Ibs. 2000 Ibs. Longer wheelbase, smooth ride 119 in. 112 in. seven adults. There's also a path so you can step to the back to reach baggage or children. Take your seats-out. Rear seats have quick release mountings. They slide out to turn Aerostar into a load carrier with over 7 ft. of clear cargo floor. The easy loader. The rear liftgate swings up out of your way. You step right up to the flat floor to ease in grocery sacks or slide in heavy objects. Smooth on the road. For extra smoothness, Aerostar has a luxury car 119" wheelbase -plus a premium gas filled shock absorber at each corner of the vehicle to help cush ion the ride. first time. Built to Ford's high quality standards, it's already had over a million miles of accelerated prov ing ground testing. Now it's ready for you. Lifetime Service Guarantee. Participating Ford Dealers stand behind their work, in writing, with a free Lifetime Service Guar antee good for as long as you own your car or light truck. Ask to see this guar antee when you visit your participating Ford Dealer. Buckle up-together we can save lives. *With optional rear bench seat. **Based on SAE Standard V-16. ,Reduced by passenger and cargo wt. in towing vehicle.