The bestselling full-size van for Ford is the 2000 Ford E-250 Econoline cargo version, which is called the ?van. ? The passenger model carries the ?wagon? name. The cargo version accounts for approximately 85 percent of sales. The Econoline ranks right up there for hauling large loads of people or cargo.
Body Styles: three-door van, three-door wagon
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-250 Econoline van, Ford E-250 Econoline wagon
All 2000 Ford E-250 Econoline models gain standard anti-lock brakes. These replace a rear anti-lock feature that came standard on cargo models last year.
The E-250 comes in two sizes, both of which rest on a 138-inch wheelbase. The regular size measures 212 inches long; the extended version adds 20 inches. Both models feature standard swing-out side doors, which split 60/40. For those who would like a sliding passenger side door, that presents an option for no additional cost. Dual swing-out doors come standard in the back of the vehicle. Front and rear bumpers and the grille use chrome. Consumers get a whopping 18 exterior paint choices. Both models come with conventional lens halogen bulb headlights and trailer towing preparation apparatus.
Manual front windows with light tinting come standard, along with variable intermittent front windshield wipers.
The exterior width measures in at 79.3 inches; the height reaches 83.4 inches.
The 2000 Ford E-250 Econoline cargo model comes with two vinyl upholstered bucket seats. Regular passenger models come with seating for eight passengers, with two front bucket seats and two three-place benches.
Optional upgrades include two captain’s chairs that replace the middle bench for seven-passenger seating. For even more room, a four-place rear bench for 12-passenger capacity is available. Extended models go a step further with an optional third three-place bench for 15-passenger seating.
Other interior features include dual power remote mirrors; a day-night rear-view mirror; a dome light; an engine cover console with storage; a front cup holder; a front under-seat tray; manual air-conditioning; an AM/FM stereo with a clock and seek/scan; an auto-reverse cassette player; six speakers; a plastic steering wheel; remote keyless entry; two 12-volt DC power outlets; an oil pressure, engine temperature, and voltmeter gauge; a trip odometer; and a sun visor strip.
Maximum cargo capacity on regular models totals 256.5 cubic feet. Extended versions can hold up to 309 cubic feet of cargo.
Front legroom measures at 40 inches; front head room totals 42.5 inches; front hip room reaches 65.6 inches; front shoulder room measures 68.4 inches.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Ford E-250 boasts rear drive, a front anti-roll bar, coil front springs, heavy-duty front shocks, leaf rear suspension, leaf rear springs, heavy-duty rear shocks, recirculating ball steering, four-wheel disc brakes, front vented disc brakes, and a full-size steel spare wheel.
Safety features on the 2000 Ford E-250 Econoline include side-impact bars, an illuminated entry, a battery warning, a lights-on warning, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, a center high-mounted stop light, driver and passenger airbags, front seat belt pretensioners, and a panic alarm.
An NHTSA crash test gives the E-250 four out of five stars.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-250 Econoline: 13-14/18 mpg city/highway
- Features of a commercial cargo van and a recreational cargo van
- Increased horsepower
- Wide range of configurations
You Won't Like
- Too big for ?normal? families.
Good for the long haul.
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