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2001 Ford E-150 Econoline Review
Cargo hauling is only beginning.
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Rebranded as the Ford Econoline, the Ford E-Series offers a line of full-size passenger or cargo vans. These vans are broken down into numbered models based on the weight rating. The Ford E-150 is the least powerful model in the series with a 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine. While less powerful than other members of the E-Series, it still boasts an impressive 6600-pound weight rating. While less powerful than the rest of the E-Series, the Ford E-150 is also the least expensive model. For drivers that haul less than 6600 pounds in most situations, the Ford E-150 provides about the same level of performance as the E-250 and E-350, but for less money and with slightly better fuel economy. The benefit from the lower cost is more noticeable for the passenger model, since they are unlikely to ever carry enough cargo to get near the weight limit.
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-150, Ford E-150 XL, Ford E-150 XLT
In the Ford 2001 E-150, a passenger side airbag, deluxe engine cover console, and heavy-duty battery are standard equipment. A CD player is now available as optional equipment.
The exterior of the 2001 Ford E-150 is a fairly standard full-size van. Steel wheels and trailer wiring are standard equipment. Buyers can choose between a sliding cargo door on one side and two rear swing doors. This feature is available on both the cargo and passenger models.
The 2001 Ford E-150, similar to most commercial vehicles, lacks the interior amenities usually common in passenger vehicles. This is true for both the passenger and cargo models. The E-150 has two vinyl bucket seats for the passenger and driver. In the cargo model, the rest of the interior space is left empty. It is a simple, functional design, which fits in well for a commercial cargo hauler and allows for some versatility for companies with specific needs.
The 2001 Ford E-150 passenger van can seat seven or eight depending on the seating option. Due to the huge interior of the van, all passengers have a very comfortable amount of room, which exceeds what most other classes of vehicle can provide. The cargo space, while large, is substantially reduced by the addition of the seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Ford E-150’s performance and handling vary based on how drivers approach it. As a commercial vehicle, the E-150 has excellent handling and performance for a vehicle its size. The ride is also fairly smooth compared to some of the competition. Drivers coming from passenger vehicle backgrounds are going to find it a bit cumbersome. It does handle fairly well, but the large size, lower acceleration, and larger turning circle do require a slightly different driving approach. It is not going to provide the same ride as a crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), but it is not that difficult to handle either.
At maximum load, the 2001 Ford E-150 does start to become sluggish and less responsive. Drivers that regularly carry around 6600 pounds of cargo would most likely want to upgrade to a heavier duty model. Generally, running at maximum payload presents similar issues for most vehicles. The Ford E-Series does have heavier duty models, such as the E-250 and E-350 with more powerful engines and higher weight ratings.
The safety features in the 2001 Ford E-150 is standard compared to other commercial vehicles due to addition of the passenger airbag. In a front end collision, the dual front airbags provide protection for the driver and passenger. However, the large size does help in the event of a crash for protecting the occupants. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard equipment on the E-150.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Passenger models carry eight passengers comfortably
- Cargo models can carry large amounts of cargo
- Decent handling for a vehicle this size
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Weak payload compared to other Ford E-Series vans
- Need to choose between cargo or passenger model
Cargo hauling is only beginning.
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