Ford has many popular vehicles and models, but the E-Series vans have been the best selling full size van for 30 years running. This vehicle has been through a couple complete redesigns in this time, but has always brought a high level of both quality and functionality to the consumer market. These vehicles are commonly used for commercial applications and the target market for this series of van has always been the small businesses that use these for their fleets. The most recent updates to the Ford Econoline Van are very minor, but there is always something make even better.
These vans come in two different major styles, the passenger wagon that can carry up to 12 passengers in the extended version and the cargo van that replaces the extra doors with a flat panel and removed the back seats for storage. Both models are great for their respective purposes and offer a lot of value depending on the purchasers needs. Starting around $27,000 and offering upgrades that can bring the sticker price to $35,000 there are endless possibilities with this award winning full size van from Ford.
Engines: 4.6L V-8, 5.4L V-8, 6.8L V-10
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Models: E-150, E-150 XLT, E-150 Premium, E-250, E-350 XL, E-350 XL Extended Length, E-350 XLT, E-350 XLT Extended Length
The rarely-revised E-Series received a substantial update for 2009 that included numerous cosmetic updates to the interior and a host of comfort, convenience, and technology features. These include a navigation system, rear backup camera, rear-seat entertainment system, extra power ports, new glovebox, and Ford's exclusive Work Solutions systems. As such, the 2010 model carries over without any changes.
E-series passenger vans are available in regular or extended-length flavor. E-Series XL models come with black plastic grilles, while others get chrome. A sliding side cargo door can be had instead of the standard hinged doors.
Depending on configuration, between seven and 15 people can fit inside an E-series passenger van, with plenty of room for all. Maximum cargo space is 237.8 cubic-feet for regular-length models, 278.3 for extended-length variants.
Performance & Handling
The E-Series is available with a variety of engine options. These range from a 225 horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 to a burly 305 horsepower, 6.8-liter V-10. Cargo and cutaway models get the option of a 6.0-liter diesel V-8 that makes 235 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Diesel and V-10 models can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Handling, given the vehicle's size, is an abstract concept.
The E-series comes with standard with dual front airbags and four-wheel ABS. Roll stability control is standard on passenger vans and optional on cargo vans. A rear-view camera is available, as is an integrated trailer brake.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Giant interior
- Passenger and cargo capacity
- Full-size truck towing capability
You Won't Like
- Spartan interior
- Simply massive size
- The gas bill
America's workhorse van
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