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Ford E-series

About to have its last hurrah.

The Ford E-series has been a stalwart of Ford’s lineup for fifty years. The aging van (Ford calls it “time tested”) received some attention a few years back in the form of a face-lift and some mechanical upgrades, but since then updates have been few and far between. An all-new, modern full-size van, the Transit, will be available in 2014, but the E-series will continue to be sold alongside the new van for a year or so. The E-series can be purchased for personal use (as a wagon with rear side windows) or as a commercial vehicle (as a van with side panels) in regular or extended-length configurations and a choice of three engines: two V-8s and a V-10. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control is standard. Other practical features include an available navigation system, a back-up camera, plentiful storage space integrated throughout the vehicle, extra-wide-opening rear doors, and optional trailer brake control. An nice option for commercial customers is the Crew Chief system, which allows fleet administrators to keep tabs on vehicle usage and maintenance and monitor operating costs. The passenger version of the E-series seats up to fifteen people, so if you need to transport the whole Cub Scout troop or moonlight as an airport-shuttle driver, this could be the vehicle for you. If not, a regular minivan or a full-size SUV will probably suffice.

COMPETITORS

Chevrolet Express

GMC Savana

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Nissan NV3500 HD

new for 2013

There are no notable changes to the 2013 E-series. The full-size van, which has been a mainstay of the Ford lineup since 1961, is set to be eclipsed by the Transit van, which will make its debut at the Detroit auto show in January 2013.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front air bags, ABS, traction and stability control, side-door intrusion beams, and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. The trailer brake controller, a rearview camera, and a reverse sensing system are optional.

MPG

CITY 10–13

HWY 13–17

PRO

Seats up to fifteen

A real workhorse

So big you could live in it

CON

Big and thirsty

No flash, all function

The end is in sight

Base Price Range: $29,925–$37,015

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: E-150 XL, E-150 XLT, E-150 XLT Premium, E-250, E-350 XL, E-350 XLT

BODY STYLE: Van, 2- to 15-passenger

ENGINES: 4.6L V-8, 225 hp, 286 lb-ft (E85 capable)

5.4L V-8, 255 hp, 350 lb-ft (E85 capable)

6.8L V-10, 305 hp, 420 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 4- or 5-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A

CAPACITIES: Towing 5600–10,000 lb; cargo (regular/extended) 236.5/275.1 cu ft

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