About the Ford E-350
While base model E-150s are sparsely equipped to say the least, the top-of-the-line E-350 offers more power, more space, and an abundance of additional features. The E-350 also offers the same versatility and utility as the E-150 and E-250 versions. All the versions of the E-Series are particularly popular with upfitters--people who outfit vans to be used as airport shuttles, news vans, or for some other commercial purpose.
This popularity stems in part from the fact the E-350 is big, capable, and reliable. However, upfitters also favor the E-Series because, for the most part, the line has persisted for decades with only minor changes and upgrades. For more than 30 years, the Ford E-Series has led the market segment in full-size vans. The E-350 Super Duty can be regarded as the most heavyweight and well-equipped model in its vehicle class.Ford E-350 Features
The 2012 Ford E-350 is a full-size van that Ford offers in two different body lengths: regular and extended. Regular length includes 236 cubic feet of interior space while the extended version offers 275 cubic feet. The standard engine for the latest model of the Ford E-350 is a 4.6-liter V-8 that delivers 225 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. The E-350 is also available with a 5.4-liter V-8 that’s capable of 255 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, as well as a formidable 6.8-liter V-10 that produces 350 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. All models come equipped with a standard four-speed automatic transmission but offer the option of a TorqShift five-speed automatic. Maximum towing capacity for the 2012 E-350 depends on the engine and transmission selections, but it ranges from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds.
Being the top-of-the-line model means the E-350 comes laden with many of the latest technological extras. Options include a navigation system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and SYNC voice-activated communications, HD radio, and an entertainment system. Auxiliary audio input jacks come standard on all new model E-Series vans, the E-350 included.
Like all current E-Series models, the 2012 E-350 features flexible rear cargo doors that open to a width of 178 degrees. The vehicle also features double-wall construction to help ensure durability.
On the inside, the 2012 E-350 offers comfort and functionality. The vehicle boasts a user-friendly instrument panel and center console, a storage tray, large cup holders on the center console, a standard audio input jack, a large glove box, and door trim panels that feature integrated second-bin compartments.
Standard safety features on the current model E-350 include airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger, side door intrusion beams, available integrated trailer brake controllers, a four-wheel disc anti-lock brake system, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The E-350 also offers a wide variety of additional options. These include a back-up camera, traction control, dual captain’s chairs, bucket seats, a reverse sensing system, an electronic five-speed auto transmission, and a premium audio/navigation system with six-CD changer, audio jack, and satellite radio capability. Additional features include cruise control and power mirrors.Ford E-350 Evolution
Past versions of the Ford E-350 make extremely viable used van options. The vehicle has existed for decades without undergoing too much in the way of redesign. This means the line has remained fairly consistent from year to year.
However, changes have been made to the E-Series and the E-350 over the years. In 1997, the model received an engine and interior update. As part of this interior update, the dashboard shows a redesign to comply with the latest in Ford interior standards at the time. The exterior of the E-350 flaunts a refreshed look that stays more in line with Ford’s ever-prevalent oval theme.
The E-Series and the E-350 underwent further innovations at the turn of the century. Models from the year 2000 onwards offer features such as tilt steering wheels, anti-lock brakes, and passenger front airbags. The E-Series was given a grille redesign in 2003 and another in 2008.
In 2008, the E-Series actually underwent a number of notable changes. Models from 2008 onward feature modified steering, braking, and suspension systems. These modifications offer improved driving dynamics. In 2008, the E-350 was also given additional load-carrying capacity.
E-Series models between 1992 and the current generation come equipped with an inline-six engine or a choice between three different gasoline-powered V-8s and one diesel V-8. However, 1997 saw the replacement of these engines with a new base model V-6 and the option of two new V-8s or a V-10.