As such, it earns our recommendation, though we'd advise sampling the competition as well to determine which van best meets your needs. Any of the uplevel engines should suit most buyers just fine, particularly the torquey and relatively fuel-efficient diesel V8. Two engines are available for the E-150, both of which are now E85-capable in the cargo van versions. Improved seating provides greater support in the passenger van, which includes 11- and 14-passenger configurations with an open center aisle. Unlike the Sprinter, there is no optional driver-side sliding door, nor different roof heights.
But the Econoline Cargo otherwise offers extensive customizability -- and as for the handling, we doubt commercial van shoppers really care how quickly these behemoths can go around corners. Easiest car buying in my 40 years of buying a car. Factory installed options such as the Masterack tool storage system, Cable Lock tool security system and the QuietFlex rack and bin system allow owners to custom-tailor their vans to better suit specific work-related requirements. Another appealing option is the Masterack work bin storage system, which includes steel shelving, drawers and cabinets. Engine upgrades on E-350 Super Dutys include a 6.
E-Series has long been a top seller among such four-wheeled beasts of burden. Suspension components were upgraded for 2008, and the E-Series now has heavier-duty sway bars and larger brakes. It's still a reach to access the audio, navigation and climate controls, but some redundant controls on the steering wheel greatly reduce the number of times you'll need to stretch your arm. Extended vans are 20 inches longer overall but have the same 138-inch wheelbase; maximum cargo volume is 275. Time moves relatively slowly in the passenger-van segment, but the Econoline Cargo's age nonetheless leaves the door open for younger upstarts -- notably the Dodge Sprinter, a rebadged Mercedes that was redesigned for 2007 -- to steal some of the spotlight. Passenger models have seating for eight occupants on two. The ride is better than it used to be, though, and most shoppers in this segment will gladly accept the Econoline Cargo's forgettable handling characteristics in return for its impressive utility.
If you're looking for a family hauling vehicle, the E-Series is not as refined or as quiet inside as a full-size Expedition or Excursion. Swing-out doors are the only choice in the rear. In the powertrain department, the 4. So does the Sprinter, of course, yet its fuel-efficient but comparatively puny engines can't come close to matching the Econoline Cargo's towing capacities, which range from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds. Cargo volume in the E-150 is 236.
Both engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and can run on E85 as well as gasoline. Second, Alisha was very helpful and let us take our time to look over the car and make our decision. However, it last received a complete redesign in 1992. But not for anything under 5,000. First, car was priced very reasonable and was a great deal from the start with no going back and forth.
Single- and dual-rear-wheel trims are available. The turning circle is enormous, and body roll in turns is akin to that of a commercial fishing boat riding out a squall. Accordingly, Ford has taken numerous steps over the last couple years to spruce up its venerable box on wheels. The Econoline Cargo originated back when stonewashed jeans were still kind of cool, but Ford has done an admirable job of keeping the van's technological side up-to-date. A look at the Fair Purchase Price will show you what the E-Series is going for in your area, so be sure to take a look at it before you begin negotiations. E-450 extended passenger wagons can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Formerly called the Econoline, the rear-wheel-drive E-150 comes in only one size.
Extended-length E-250 and E-350 models offer a choice of powerplants, including the Triton V10 and Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel. They system even includes a hook up for a printer. Formerly called the Econoline, the rear-wheel-drive E-150 comes in only one size. Introduction Ford's venerable Econoline Cargo a. In the powertrain department, the 4. Thanks to its redesigned dash layout, the 2009 Econoline Cargo no longer time-warps you straight back to 1992.
Driving It In-Dash Computer Developed by Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto, the in-dash computer allows businesses to do business on the road. The E-Series is available as a passenger wagon that can carry up to 15 people and a commercial van version that offers up to 275 cubic feet of cargo space. Last year saw the introduction of an aggressive new front fascia and an updated suspension, and the 2009 Ford Econoline Cargo ups the ante with a redesigned instrument panel and an impressive array of new options. Skip to details on the: New for 2009 For 2009, the E-Series gets a redesigned instrument panel that includes four new upfitter switches, optional factory-installed navigation, V-8 engines that are E-85 capable, and rear doors that swing out 172 degrees. The standard E-350 engine is a 5. The new line of options called Ford Work Solutions gives commercial buyers even more reasons to stick with the E-Series, enabling everything from radio-frequency tracking of your power tools to the efficient management of your fleet via a telematics and diagnostics system.
Behind the wheel, the 2009 Ford Econoline Cargo feels about how you'd expect. New options include a factory-installed navigation system and a first-in-class in-dash computer that can access the internet via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. The E-Series offers a strong line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering good power and torque for the standard-wheelbase models. So the green sticker must be the cash flying out of my walllet! Stability control is newly optional on gas-powered models. The E-350 passenger wagon can seat seven, eight, 11 or 12 people; extended-length vans seat 11, 12, 14 or 15 occupants. The maximum gross vehicle weight rating for the E-250 is 8,900 pounds, versus a 8,520-pound gross vehicle weight rating for the E-150.