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2011 Ford E-350 Review

Enormous load or passenger capacity.

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Overview

The 2011 Ford E-350 is a super-duty van that also comes available as a passenger wagon. The interior looks vast, with an enormous cargo capacity. It comes with a standard 255-hp, 5.4-liter Triton V-8 with a four-speed automatic transmission. However, Ford offers the opportunity to upgrade to a 305-hp, 6.8-liter Triton V-10, which pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission. This huge engine allows for increased towing capacity.

The E-350 comes in a regular or extended length version. The cargo van offers both the commercial and recreational trim, while the passenger wagon uses an XL trim, or you can choose to go for the more luxurious XLT trim. If you choose to purchase the extended length, then this huge wagon accommodates up to 15 passengers and serves as the perfect commercial vehicle. It also proves hugely versatile as there are numerous seating options available that allow you to comfortably accommodate seven to 15 people.

Extras include satellite radio, a heavy-duty trailer towing package with an integrated trailer brake controller, and a navigation system. It's not the prettiest of vehicles on the road, as it looks like a workman’s vehicle, but it gets the job done, and that extra capacity means far fewer trips to transport goods or people in relative comfort and safety. It wouldn't be a good choice for somebody who only has to transport large loads occasionally, due to the poor fuel economy and problems with parking such a large vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: cargo van, passenger wagon
Engines: 5.4-liter Triton V-8, 6.8-liter Triton V-10
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-350 XL Passenger Wagon, Ford E-350 XL Extended Passenger Wagon, Ford E-350 XLT Passenger Wagon, Ford E-350 XLT Extended Passenger Wagon, Ford E-350 XLT Van, Ford E-350 XLT Extended Van, Ford E-350 XL Van, Ford E-350 XL Extended Van

What's New

This much loved platform has been around since the 1990s and hasn't seen many significant changes of late. It does not offer a luxurious drive, but suits someone looking for a serious and hard-working commercial van or wagon. However attention to design and a quality build mean this has remained a firm favorite over the past three decades.

Exterior

The exterior of this vehicle looks functional rather than attractive. It has a large exterior grill and squared-off headlights. Its rather square design enables more cargo to be stored and transported efficiently, and passengers appreciate the extra headroom and space.

Interior

The interior of the E-350 aims to provide the maximum amount of capacity. Its vast interior makes it easy to transport large loads and it proves equally as versatile when used as a passenger wagon. The seats can be configured in a number of different ways, and this enormous vehicle seats up to 15 passengers. The XLT package comes with reclining cloth front captain's chairs and armrests as standard features, providing a comfortable drive for longer trips.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 E-350 has plenty of horsepower to haul loads. It comes fitted with a standard 255-hp, 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, and many people find this gives them plenty of power. If you know you will have to tow a lot of heavy loads, then you may want to upgrade to a 305-hp, 6.8-liter Triton V-10 engine that pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission. This huge engine allows for greater towing capacity.

Safety

Standard safety features for this model include dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Additional features include AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control, a factory-installed integrated trailer brake controller, and a rear-view camera.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E-350: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Incredible capacity
  • Versatile seating arrangements
  • Decent-size engine

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Handling and parking

Sum Up

Enormous load or passenger capacity.

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