The Ford E-Series replaced the full-size van formerly known as the Econoline. For 20 years, it was one of the most popular and bestselling full-size cargo and passenger vans in America. With the recent rise in the popularity of the mini-van and the state of the economy, the sales of the full-size van have declined over the past few years. Due to that situation, Ford revived the Econoline with the E-Series.
The E-350 is the most super duty model of the series ahead of the E-150 and E-250. It is the one ton of the series and is available in a regular or extended length. The regular length seats seven, eight, 11, or 12 passengers, depending on the seating configuration. The extended lengths can accommodate 11, 12, 14, or 15 passengers.
It is available in three models that are the XL, XLT, and Chateau. It all comes standard with rear center opening cargo doors. The side door is available in either 60/40 doors or a single sliding door on the passenger side. Others choices are whether to have windows in the cargo area and if a second or third row bench seat will be added.
The standard engine is a 5.4-liter V-8 and a 6.8-liter V-10 that generates 305 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque is an optional engine.
Body Styles: full-size cargo van
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-350 XL, Ford E-350 XLT
No major changes have been made on the E-350 with the exception of a new powertrain control module that was installed, which allows for upfit capacity for elevated idle speed to operate accessories. In addition, two new bin and shelf storage systems are now optional equipment.
Not much has changed with the exterior of the E-350. It is basically a square box, but with aerodynamic styling. Extra protection is added with wrap around bumpers, which are charcoal gray on the XL and chrome on the XLT.
There are numerous upgrade packages because the E-350 is used for numerous purposes such as shuttle buses and work crew vehicles. It's frequently converted into recreational vehicles and even ambulances. Various optional packages can be added to suit the requirements of the individual consumer.
The different seating configurations are astounding. There are standard bucket seats in the front and rear bench seats in the second and third rows. These can be removed or added to suit the seating arrangement desired. The maximum cargo area is over 309 cubic feet with the second and third row seats removed from the extended model.
Standard features on all models are air-conditioning, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM audio, and a center console with storage. Also standard is two 12-volt power outlets, front cup holders, and variable intermittent windshield wipers.
Rear climate control, a CD player, daytime running lights, a security system, remote entry, and captain’s chair in the front are all optional features.
An additional feature is the new bin storage system. It is mainly used by someone that has the need to store parts and tools. It has a wide partition that provides a work area just behind and with access from the front passenger seat.
The other new system has panels of high-density polyethylene that enables protection for the cargo. In addition, it is insulated in order for the interior of the system to retain heat or cold. The main consumers for this system are medical supply companies, produce businesses, and food services.
Performance & Handling
Even though the E-350 is a rugged work vehicle, it has a decent ride. The steering is almost comparable to a small size van and the noise is less than expected. The V-8 engine is fine, but the V-10 will push the van down the road in a hurry.
Although the safety crash testing scores are high, standard safety equipment are limited to the necessities. The standard equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes with ventilated discs, front airbags, and front seat belt pretensioners.
The National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration gave five out of five stars to the 350 for side front crash protection and three stars for rollover protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-350: 13/16 mpg city/highway
- Large cargo and hauling capacity
- Powerful V-10 option
- Huge range of seating capacity
You Won't Like
- Limited comfort features
- Gas mileage
is a dated but solid choice for a vehicular workhorse.
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