The Ford Econoline Van Series offers a commercial van for every need. Whether shopping for a passenger or cargo van, the Ford E-Series come in several styles that include regular or extended length. The Ford E-150 offers the regular body style only, but the E-250 or E-350 choose from either length. The 2002 Ford E-250 represents the quarter-ton model. The heavier-duty E-Series vans achieve better hauling and towing capabilities over others in the segment.
The Ford E-250 has many choices to suit all purposes, whether searching for a work van or a large family vehicle.
Body Styles: cargo van
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8, 7.3-liter turbo V-8, 6.8-liter V-10
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-250, Ford E-250 Extended
Ford’s E-Series Vans receive a CD changer option and a standard tilt wheel. Speed control becomes available for XL Wagons and Vans.
The 2002 Ford E-250 comes in commercial styles with or without windows, as well as with optional rear seats. Some exterior features include swing-out doors, chrome rear and front bumpers, 16-inch steel wheels, a chrome grille, and monotone paint. Wheelbases measure the same on both vans at 138 inches. The body measures 211.9 inches on the regular-length and 231.9 inches on the extended-length models. The doors use a standard 60/40-split, swing-out style, but the cargo sliding door remains an option without cost. An overhead console, privacy glass, and dual-media audio comes with the optional Chateau package. In addition, basic body colors remain available for choosing the outer appearance desired.
The interior of the Ford E-250 has an appearance aimed for commercial use. Only bucket seats sit up front in the cargo van. The regular-size passenger vans add seating for eight, with two front bucket seats and two bench seats made for three occupants each. Behind the rear seat sits an organizer for cargo. The interior standard features include manual air-conditioning, a front cup holder, a six-speaker AM/FM stereo, power front windows, a sun-visor strip, and cruise control.
The driver’s reclining seat has lumbar support, armrests, and height adjustability. A front under-seat tray and the console provide room for storage. Optional captain’s chairs can substitute for the front buckets, which brings the passenger capacity to seven. Another option for increasing passenger capacity concerns the addition of a fourth row bench seat. This optional seating remains available on the extended wagon, allowing it to carry 15 occupants. The cargo capacity totals 309.4 cubic feet in the extended-length and 25.5 cubes in the regular-size 2002 Ford E-250. The Travelers option package provides a new option on E-250 vans. This package includes a rear entertainment system, dual rear screens, a cargo organizer, a trailering package, two-tone body paint, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and premium audio with a CD/cassette player.
Performance & Handling
The Ford E-Series offers five engines altogether: one V-6 base, two gas V-8s, a turbodiesel V-8, and a gasoline-powered V-10. Each caters to individual buyers’ towing and hauling requirements. A standard automatic four-speed transmission comes on every E-250. The base 4.2-liter V-6 provides 191 horsepower. The pair of V-8s delivers 225 hp and 255 hp with a 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter, respectively. The upper choices haul and tow better with the V-10 and turbo V-8. The V-10 generates 305 horses from the 6.8-liter engine. The Power Stroke 7.3-liter V-8 turbodiesel cranks 215 hp and performs best in heavy-duty tasks.
Engine drone is minimal since the improvements over the years. The 2002 Ford E-250 feels less truck-like now. This seems especially evident when driving, having a very smooth feel in urban areas. However, judging the van’s position may require more effort while parking or during highway travel. The base engine delivers satisfying response to acceleration, but the ride quality feels rougher than most minivans.
The 2002 Ford E-250 vans have several safety features included as standard equipment. All vans include front airbags as part of their safety platform. Side-impact bars, a panic alarm, height-adjustable seat belts, anti-lock brakes, and seat belt pretensioners come standard. Four-wheel brakes, front ventilated disc brakes, and three ABS channels come standard, as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-250 Base: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Ford E-250 Extended: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- Large hauling capability
- General configuration range
- Respectable drivability
You Won't Like
- Size limits parking space
- Few conveniences
- Mediocre engine power
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