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2013 Ford E-350 Review

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The 2013 Ford E-350 Super Duty is a rear-wheel-drive cargo or passenger van that is available in two regular and extended length trim levels: the rugged XL and the well-equipped XLT. It is primarily used for commercial jobs, such as home construction and logging, but can also be used to transport large groups of people or objects.

The E-350 does not really stand out over its competition, but it definitely holds its own. It has been in the transportation business for generations, with no signs of slowing down. Drivers get the satisfaction of powerful acceleration, along with the ability to tow heavy loads, while passengers enjoy the extensive space offered. Rock-solid dependability and an impressive set of standard safety features contribute to its appeal, making it one of the most popular vans on the market.

New For 2013

There are only a few new features for the 2013 Ford E-350:

  • The mounted cigar heating element has been removed
  • The 12-volt power point returns
  • A 110-volt AC outlet now comes as an optional add-on

Exterior

The 2013 Ford E-350 regular length model has a 217-inch length, 79-inch width, 84-inch height, seven-inch ground clearance, 69-inch front track, 67-inch rear track, and 138-inch wheelbase. Extended length models are 20 inches longer. It has a gross weight of at least 9,500 pounds. The design of the E-350 is relatively plain, and there are not any features that stand out. It does have a large front grille and optional chrome bumpers. The driver and passenger side door mirrors are externally-adjustable. It sports halogen headlights with conventional lenses. The 60/40-split swing-out doors come standard, while a sliding door can be added at no cost. A full-size spare is mounted under the body, and 16-inch wheels come standard. Optional features include a trailer towing package.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Ford E-350 cargo van has seating for only two people via bucket seats, but it boasts a massive amount of space to transport people, equipment, or large packages. The vinyl upholstery will likely fail to provide luxurious comfort, but the van was not built for that purpose. The passenger vans seat between eight and 15 passengers, dependent upon its length.

The interior of the E-350 Super Duty does not have any flashy interior features. However, a navigation system with fuel prices and real-time traffic data is available. Also, a voice-activated multimedia system, a satellite radio, and some Ford Work Solution options may be added for a few hundred extra dollars each. For help with parking, a rearview camera can be installed.

Safety

Per the federally mandated standard, the 2013 Ford E-350 Super Duty is equipped with stability control and anti-lock brakes. Front-impact airbags have been installed to prevent injury during a frontal crash. Seatbelt pre-tensioners are standard. Optional safety features include a backup camera, which not only makes reversing the van safer, but also much easier. The NHTSA gave it a relatively low score for rollover resistance. Other crash test ratings from the insurance agencies are unavailable at this time.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Ford E-350 luxury model is powered by either a 5.4-liter, V-8 engine that pumps out 255 horsepower (hp) and 350 lb-ft of torque, or a massive 6.8-liter, V-10 engine that produces out an impressive 305 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are compatible with E85 ethanol. It accelerates rather well for a van and is capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds with ease. Highway driving is steady and easy. Because of its power, it is able to tackle steep hills easily. Fuel economy averages at about 18/21 mpg city/highway.

On the road, the E-350 rides like a hefty van is expected to – rough and edgy. It is not fun to drive on mountain roads with lots of twists. It is built with a quality independent front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs paired with a rigid beam rear suspension with leaf springs. There is also traction control and AdvanceTrac with RSC stability control. This setup provides a relatively nice ride on smooth surfaces, but is a bit choppy on bumpy roads. There can be some difficulty when trying to perform certain parking maneuvers.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Ford E-350

  • Chevrolet Express 1500
  • GMC Savana 1500
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Nissan NV

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