For over 50 years, Ford’s classic, time-tested E-Series has been there 24/7 for customers and businesses, regularly providing high-quality, durable full-size vans designed to get the job done. As a full-sized van originally based on the popular Ford Falcon design, the Ford E-Series took off almost from the very beginning, quickly becoming the go-to vehicle for company and governmental fleets.
Between 1992 and 2006, the Ford E-Series vans remained virtually unchanged in terms of exterior design and available powertrains. However, 2007 ushered in a long-awaited redesign as it was first unveiled at the New York Auto Show. Featuring a chrome front end grille, larger headlamps, a more streamlined nose, an optional dashboard-mounted navigation system, an increase in cargo space, and multiple engine choices, the 2007 Ford E-Series once again helped establish the industry standard for full-size passenger/cargo vans.
Designed for heavier duty than the smaller and less stalwart E-150, the E-250 full-size van has the same engine choices as the others, but comes in both regular and extended lengths. Extended E-250s are 20 inches longer overall but have the same 138-inch wheelbase with a maximum cargo volume of 275 cubic feet overall. The maximum gross vehicle weight rating for the 2007 Ford E-250 is 8600 pounds, versus a 7000-pound GVWR for the E-150.
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-250 XL, E-250 XLT, E-250 Chateau
The Ford E-150 once featured an optional V-10 engine, but that’s been discontinued for the 2007 model year. Other changes for the E-Series include a more powerful driveshaft, standard electronic throttle control, roll stability control, as well as engine oil cooler. A handful of features are now offered as options across trims such as a heavy-duty 135-amp alternator and reverse-sensing system.
Despite the exterior re-working that it received, the now-iconic Ford full-size vans retain its same boxy look as a hold-over for decades past with a large front end grille bookended with block headlights, short hood space disappearing into a large flush-mounted windshield and side glass, 60/40 split swing out passenger side doors, and finishing off with rear swing out doors that are capable of swinging out by 178 degrees.
Minimization is a word that best describes the 2007 Ford E-250s interior space with its functional yet simple dashboard, front cabin bucket seats, and no-nonsense rear area built for hauling lots of passengers and cargo. Upping the scales a bit to the XLT trim adds carpeting, cruise control, power windows, locks and mirrors, while an overhead console along with keyless entry is included once the Chateau wagon trim is selected.
Performance & Handling
Two engines are available for the 2007 Ford E-250s. The base engine is a 225-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 good for 286 lb-ft of torque. Stepping things up a notch is a 255-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 that can generate 350 lb-ft of torque. Each engine option drives a four-speed automatic transmission, and when properly equipped, the 2007 Ford E-250 van can tow as much as 8600 pounds. One of the more noticeable bonuses when piloting any van in the E-Series is the amount of excellent driver visibility, thanks to the 250’s windshield/side glass that extends far down to either side of the vehicle.
A bit scant in the safety department, which is surprising given the high number of passengers that can be fitted comfortably inside an E-250, the 2007 model has only four-wheel drive anti-lock brakes, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, and an electronic brake distribution function.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-150 V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Tons of space for passenger/cargo hauling
- Good vehicular reliability
- Strong, capable engine options
- Good sticker price
You Won't Like
- Lacks feature refinement
- Interior cabin noise
- Minimal safety features
- Fairly weak gas mileage for a V-8
A must-have for any business but not for transporting the entire family.
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