The 2011 Ford E-150 comes as either a cargo van or a passenger wagon. It has a vast interior and is ruggedly built to be suitable for both commercial and recreational purposes. It comes with either a 4.6-liter Triton V-8 engine or the choice a 5.4-liter Triton V-8, both of which pair with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The cargo van offers standard- or extended-length versions, but while the standard length can be purchased with either a commercial or recreational trim, the extended version only comes with the commercial trim. This is a shame as the recreational trim can be modified to suit the buyer’s personal needs.
The passenger wagon offers either the XL trim or the XLT trim. This enormous vehicle can carry up to eight passengers and additional equipment includes a heavy-duty towing package for a trailer, a navigation system, satellite radio, and an integral trailer brake controller.
It won’t win any prizes for its looks, but that isn’t the appeal of this vehicle, as it remains very much a working van. As such, it lacks many creature comforts, and some owners find it uncomfortable on longer drives. In addition they find it heavy to drive over the course of the day. However, in terms of sheer capacity few can beat it.
Body Styles: cargo van, passenger wagon
Engines: 4.6-liter Triton V-8, 5.4-liter Triton V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-150 Commercial Cargo Van, Ford E-150 Commercial Extended Cargo Van, Ford E-150 XL Wagon, Ford E-150 Recreational Cargo Van, Ford E-150 XLT
The Ford E-150 used to be called the Econoline and serves as a very practical vehicle. Since being updated to become the Ford E-150, this model has seen no significant changes. It very much remains a commercial vehicle with a more functional than stylish design.
The exterior of this commercial van features a large front grille and squared-off headlights. The rear doors have the capacity to open out a full 178 degrees, and it offers a no-cost option of a sliding cargo door. It comes with standard 16-inch steel wheels, but drivers can upgrade to chrome-finished bumpers and more aerodynamic headlights.
The cargo van has two bucket seats in the front, whereas the passenger models come equipped to seat up to eight occupants. This includes two in the front, and two, three-passenger bench seats in the back. Ford offers the option to fit the back with captain's chairs, which reduces the seating capacity to seven. Models come with standard air-conditioning. Optional extras include cruise control, a navigation system, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The fitted dash computer provides a nice optional extra, giving high-speed Internet access. A mouse and printer can be attached to the computer.
Performance & Handling
This van either uses a 225-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 that gives 286 lb-ft of torque, or it can be upgraded to a 255-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 with 350 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission remains a four-speed automatic with overdrive, but it offers an optional five-speed automatic with torque shift to maximize low-speed torque. This may be a good option if you plan to haul heavy loads. Either way it's hardly a high-performance vehicle as it serves as a workhorse.
Standard safety features for this Ford E-150 include dual front airbags and four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes. While traction control and electronic stability control come standard on all recreational vans and wagons, they remain optional on commercial vans. Other optional safety features include a rear-view reversing camera and a factory-installed, fully integral trailer brake controller.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-150: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Good all-round visibility
- Excellent towing capacity
- Good performance engine
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Lack of comfort
This competent vehicle does exactly what it’s meant to do, and does it without any fuss or frills.
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