Ford Econoline is a seven to eight passenger full-size van with truck chassis, for cargo or passengers
The Econoline is a full-size commercial cargo or 7-passenger vehicle, upgradeable to 15 passengers. Ford retired the “Econoline” name in 2010, replacing it with the designation “E-Series.” This review will use the names “Econoline” and “E-Series” interchangeably.
The Ford Econoline’s low price, spacious interior, powerful engine, high towing capacity, and optional Ford Work Solutions system make this a strong pick. Some reviewers have criticized the architecture for being outdated and the handling for being awkward, but 30 years of topping the sales charts suggest that these are not high priorities for businesses. The Ford Work Solutions program uses radio-frequency tags to keep track of power tools and truck locations. An in-dash computer provides high-speed Internet access and mobile printing.
The 2012 Ford E-Series Van is available in three trim levels: E-150, E-250, and E-350 Super Duty. The E-150 and E-250 come with a choice of 4.6-liter V8 flex-fuel or 5.4-liter V8 engine. E-350 engine choices include 5.4-liter V8 flex fuel, 5.4-liter V8, or 6.8-liter V10. Standard features on all trims include MP3 player, stability control, and traction control. Optional features include navigation system, Bluetooth, iPod input, satellite radio, and DVD player.
1. Ford Work Solutions system
2. Strong engines
3. Highly customizable
1. Fixed roof height
2. Less-than-agile handling
3. Outdated architecture
What is the fuel economy? The V8 engines get up to 13/17 mpg city/highway. The V10 gets up to 12/16 mpg.
How much does it cost? The starting MSRP ranges from $26,515 for the basic E-150 to $30,445 for the high-end E-350 Super Duty.
How many passengers does it accommodate? The E-150 regular length van is a 7-passenger vehicle that can be upgraded to 8 passengers. The E-350 regular length van seats 11 or 12, depending on options, and the E-350 extended length seats up to 15 people. The high-capacity 15-seat arrangement consists of two people in the first row, three people in rows 2-4, and four people in the last row.
Does it have any notable eco-friendly features? The 4.6-liter V8 and 5.4-liter V8 engines are available with a flex-fuel option.
Does it have bucket seats? The standard first row seats are cloth captain’s chairs, and the remaining seats are benches. The XLT Premium Package substitutes captain’s chairs for the first two rows.
Is it suitable for off-road use? The Ford Econoline is not designed for off-road use.