Minivans: Then and Now

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Then: 1995 Ford Windstar
Introduced in 1995, the Windstar was Ford’s first front-wheel-drive car-based minivan. It replaced the trucklike Aerostar and was more of a competitor to the popular Chrysler minivans. Seating was available for seven, and the original Windstar derived power from a 155-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine borrowed from the Ford Taurus. Before dual sliding doors were de rigueur in minivans, the original Windstar did not have a sliding door on the driver’s side, so in 1997 Ford extended the driver’s door by 6 inches to allow access to the rear seat from the left side. In 2004 the Windstar was completely redesigned and renamed Freestar during a company-wide initiative to have all vehicles start with the letter F. Freestar was discontinued following the 2007 model year.

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