Originally introduced back in 1961, the Ford E Series is a line of full-size vans and truck chassis produced by the Ford Motor Company. Hugely popular with the buying public, as of 2007, the Ford E-Series holds nearly 80 percent of the full-size van market. With sales that year almost topping 180,000 vehicles, 95 percent of those vans were sold to commercial or fleet-end users. Ford claims that over six million E-Series vans have been sold since 1961.
Formerly known as the Econoline, the 2007 Ford E-150 can seat up to 15 passengers depending on seat arrangement configurations, its biggest selling points are marked by cabin size and packaging options. Sturdy, spacious, and reliable for over half a century, the 2007 Ford E-150 maintained its market hold and solid consumer reputation for a host of good reasons.
Body Styles: full-size passenger/cargo van
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic transmission
Models: Ford E-150 XL, E-150 XLT, E-150 Chateau
The Ford E-150 used to feature an optional V-10 engine, but that’s been discontinued for the 2007 model year. Other changes for this year include a more powerful driveshaft, backend anti-roll bar that’ll up its GVWR rating to 8500 pounds, standard electronic throttle control, stability control, and engine oil cooler. A handful of features are now offered as options across trims: heavy-duty 135-amp alternator and rear parking sensors.
The 2007 Ford E-150 is only offered in one length: 138 inch wheelbase and 212 inches in overall length. Its exterior design features a large front-end grille offset by a pair of squared-off aerodynamic headlamps, rear swing-out doors that's capable of reaching 178 degrees, 60/40 split swing out passenger side doors with a sliding cargo door is optional at no extra cost, standard 16-inch alloy wheels, and chrome bumpers. Aluminum wheels, running boards, and two-tone paint are featured at the Chateau edition.
Since the Ford E-150’s primary buyers are businesses, the interior design is aimed towards commercial applications, which helps a bit to explain its rather bland and old-fashioned look with its flat dashboard and central column shifter position. In the E-150’s defense, the setup is highly functional with ample passenger walking space, and well-placed dash controls. Interior features include: air-conditioning; power windows, locks, and mirrors; optional dashboard mounted computer with high-speed Internet capability; and navigation system with real-time traffic data and fuel prices. Of course, there’s plenty of cargo space available in the Ford E-150 with anywhere between 237 and 275 cubic feet of storage room.
Performance & Handling
There’s two engine options available on the 2007 Ford E-150 full-size van: a 4.6-liter V-8 good for 225 hp and 286 lb-ft of torque and a 5.4-liter V-8 that brings in 255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Each engine gives power to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. While the 4.6-liter offers a decent amount of power, given the E-150’s 2.5-ton curb weight, consumers are far better off opting for the sturdier 5.4-liter, capable of towing 6500 pounds. The 2007 Ford E-150 handles well on the road, but in cramped cities, it can prove to be a bit of a road burden, especially given its minimum turning circle of close to 50 feet.
Safety features on the 2007 Ford E-150 include: dual front airbags, four-wheel all-disc anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, and front seatbelt pretensioners. Side impact airbags are not available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-150 V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Huge interiors capable of hauling many passengers and lots of cargo
- Good reliability ratings
- Low sticker price
You Won't Like
- Plain interior design
- Lack of cabin features
- Minimal safety features
- Less-than-stellar handling capabilities
Solid, reliable full-size truck.
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