2008 Ford E-350

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2008 Ford E-350 Review

The ultimate go-to cargo or passenger van.

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Overview

The 2008 Ford E-350 gets a makeover this year. The most obvious changes have happened to the front end, where a larger grill and rectangular headlights dominate. Most people; however, don't give much thought to what the E-350 looks like. It's not about style, it's about accommodations. Luckily, Ford hasn't made changes in this regard. Depending on which version buyers choose, they can seat between seven and 15 people, which makes it an excellent choice for any number of organizations. Few individuals will need a 15-person passenger van unless they use it for business. It's perfect for field trips, youth groups, and sports teams. It also works well as a cargo van. Some versions lack windows along the back and sides, which makes it easy for businesses to deliver small to medium-sized packages directly to their clients.

The Range

Body Style: Passenger van, cargo van
Engines: 6.8-liter V-10, 5.4-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmission: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-350 XL, Ford E-350 XLT, Ford E-350 XLT Premium

What's New

The 2008 Ford E-350 receives an updated front end that makes it look more aesthetically similar to Ford's SuperDuty trucks. It now has a larger front grille and squared-off headlights.

Exterior

The 2008 Ford E-350 receives an updated exterior. It now has a new front end with a larger grille and squared details that make it look more like a SuperDuty truck. However, it still has the features that make it one of the most popular cargo/passenger vans. For those who plan to use it as a passenger van, it makes sense to choose a model with side windows. Passengers will appreciate the scenery, especially on long trips when they don't want to feel trapped inside a giant metal can. Those who plan to use a cargo version; however, will like that the van lacks windows on the rear sides and back end. The larger design does more than just look imposing on the road. It also allows better airflow, which helps keep the engine cool while letting it do its job.

Interior

The 2008 Ford E-350 gets its reputation for having huge interior spaces. The number of people that you can fit inside depends on the version that's chosen. The regular passenger van can seat between seven and 12 people; the XLT Premium only seats seven because it replaces the first row of seats with captain's chairs. If buyers opt for an extended model, they can comfortably fit in up to 15 occupants.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Ford E-350 comes with a choice of three engines. The 5.4-liter V-8 comes standard, but anyone looking for real power will turn to the 6.8-liter V-10. It offers 305 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Buyers get to choose between rear and all-wheel drive. AWD obviously offers more control and power. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 10,000 pounds. It offers impressive handling, an important feature for drivers carrying a dozen or more people in the back. It also has a smooth ride, especially for such a large vehicle. Some drivers complain that it feels a little heavy when they're sitting behind the wheel.

Safety

The 2008 Ford E-350 has the safety features that drivers need most, including an electronic stability system, seatbelt pretensioners, and four-wheel-disc antilock brakes. Traction control is optional. Side-impact airbags; however, are not even an option.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E-350: N/A

You'll Like

  • Plenty of interior room for cargo or passengers
  • Fair pricing
  • Lots of choices

You Won't Like

  • So-so power

Sum Up

The ultimate go-to cargo or passenger van.

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