Ford E-350 Econoline Origins
First introduced in 1961 and still available today, the E-Series has been offered in a wide range of models and styles. The series also includes the E-150, 250, and 450. Each is considered a full-size van since the second generation of vehicles first introduced in the 1970’s. Changes to the vehicle over the decades have been pronounced, but it has always been a utilitarian van most commonly purchased by contractors, landscapers, plumbers, etc. as a work vehicle designed to tow equipment either individually or as part of a fleet. Prior to the introduction of the MINIvan, this model was purchased as a family van. When sold as a family van instead of a cargo van, rows of seats were installed in place of cargo space; windows were added in the back, as well as other modifications.
Although the E-Series van is considered full-size today, the first models were considered compact with the E-150 and E-250. The E-350 was added later as the E-Series took over the full-size van market and an option larger than the E-250 was needed. The 450 is the largest of the Ford van models today, often converted for use as small buses or to tow larger workloads.
The E-Series is by far the most popular line of vans in the U.S. today, making up 79.6% of total full-size van sales. Of these, over 95% are estimated to be used for commercial purposes.About the Ford E-350 Econoline
Despite being used as a family van on occasion, the E-350 has always been known as a work vehicle. It is seen in a variety of industries including construction, home services, telecom and even the news industry; wherever a lot of equipment is needed and travel is daily and often. The transportation industry uses E-Series vans as shuttles when they need more space than a 250 provides. While the E-350 is a compromise in size and drivability, it is often too large to be conveniently parked for long periods in most urban areas. Towing capacity for the entire E-Series ranges from a couple thousand pounds to over 20,000 pounds depending on the model, and the 350 usually is within the mid-range. The most recognizable features are extended cargo space and a bulkier build.Ford E-350 Econoline Features
The 2012 Ford E-350 Econoline is available as either a large passenger van with room for up to 15 people or as a large cargo vehicle with greater towing capacity than the E-250 but less than the E-450. The transmission is offered as a 5.4-liter V-8 with an optional 6.8-liter V-10 for additional power. In 2012, the E-350 now comes with an MP3 jack, cast-aluminum wheels standard, and a dual battery system in place of the auxiliary battery is optional. The front grille is larger than previous versions and it features squared headlights. The rear-side doors can swing out to 178 degrees, wider than past models for easier loading or easier entrance in the case of passenger models. Buyers can choose a sliding door instead at no extra cost, and chrome bumpers are also an available option. Sixteen inch wheels are standard. The front has two bucket seats. The rear is fitted with three or four rows of seats accommodating 15 passengers, or cargo space. It comes with air conditioning and options include a multimedia system, power windows, locks and mirrors, in-dash internet, and a navigation system.
Safety features for the 2012 F-350 include: standard front airbags, standard four-wheel disc antilock brakes, standard electronic stability system, standard roll stability control, available backup camera, and available integrated trailer-brake control.Ford E-350 Econoline Evolution
There have been many changes to the E-Series throughout the years. The original 1961 compact Econoline vans were based on the Ford Falcon. These vans were introduced to compete with Chevrolet’s Corvair 95. The first generation was in production from 1961 to 1967. The second generation was sold from 1968 to 1974 and featured the first short hood with the engine all the way in the front of the vehicle. The 2012 model is part of the third generation introduced in 1992 known for its redesigned exterior and more powerful engines ranging from the V-6 to the V-8.