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2011 Ford E-250 Review
A workman’s van with a huge capacity.
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The 2011 Ford E-250 is part of the E-Series and serves as a commercial van. The E-250 classifies as a super duty that can carry large loads and makes a good working vehicle. It clearly aims at the commercial market and comes with either a standard 225-hp, 4.6-liter Triton V-8 or a slightly larger 5.4-liter Triton V-8.
It seems perfect for anyone looking for a heavy-duty van, and while it will never win any prizes for its looks, it does get the job done. This particular model has been around since 1990, and although the platform has aged, it still makes a good choice for heavy-duty use. Buyers can easily see why this model has remained a favorite with the American public for so long. It combines a spacious interior with workhorse engines.
Its competition includes several more luxurious models, and anyone who needs to spend a lot of time on the road may prefer something with a little more luxury and comfort. This definitely represents part of the problem when choosing an older platform that doesn't incorporate many of the modern conveniences most people usually get standard.
Engines: 4.6-liter Triton V-8, 5.4-liter Triton V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-250 Commercial Cargo Van, Ford E-250 Recreational Cargo Van, Ford E-250 Commercial Extended Cargo Van, Ford E-250 Recreational Extended Cargo Van
This model has remained relatively unchanged, but now advance tracking with roll stability control comes standard on all models, and the fuel tank capacity has decreased from 35 gallons to 33 gallons. The combined navigation and audio system now includes high definition audio as well.
The Ford E-250 is not known for its looks. It has a very bland, squared-off exterior with a large front grille and squared-off headlights. The rear doors open a full 178 degrees, and sliding side cargo doors provide an optional, no-cost extra.
The interior comes fitted with bucket seats in the front, and the workmanlike dash helps you get the job done. The rear-view camera is just about essential, along with the reverse sensing system, as visibility often gets impaired by loads. Its load carrying capability makes it a good van. As an extended length van offers up to 278 cubic feet of cargo space. This means you need to make fewer trips, lowering the operating cost.
Air-conditioning comes standard, and other optional extras include a navigation system, cruise control, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The fitted dash computer makes a useful extra for many people who spend a lot of time on the road as it enables high-speed Internet access. A mouse and printer can be attached to the computer, making it possible to print receipts while on the move.
Performance & Handling
The Ford E-250 won't win any competitions for its performance and handling, but this isn't the reason people buy this van. It does get the job done efficiently, and due to its huge capacity, more quickly than other luxurious vans.
The Ford E-250 comes with a standard 225-hp, 4.6-liter V-8, which gives 286 lb-ft of torque. Ford offers the option to upgrade to a 255-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 with 350 lb-ft of torque. The transmission remains a standard four-speed automatic with overdrive.
Standard safety features for this Ford E-250 include dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The traction control and electronic stability controls come standard on all wagons and recreational vans, but remain optional on commercial vans. Additional optional safety features include a factory-installed integrated trailer brake controller and a back-up camera.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-250 Recreational Cargo Van: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Ford E-250 Commercial Extended Cargo Van: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Ford E-250 Recreational Extended Cargo Van: 12/16 mpg city/highway
- Huge interior
- Towing capacity
- Strong engines
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Lack of visibility
- Lack of extras and comfort
A workman’s van with a huge capacity.
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