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2009 Ford E150 Cargo

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2009 Ford E150 Cargo Review

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Armed with a number of improvements aimed at improving passenger comfort, fuel economy and carrying capacity, Ford's 2009 E-Series full-size van continues to serve as the backbone of the service and passenger shuttle industry. Customers who purchase the E-350 receive AdvanceTrac traction control teamed with Roll Stability Control (RSC), and last year's improvements to the suspension increase the maximum gross vehicle weight rating to 14,500 pounds. The big E-Series offers a number of configurations, including passenger, cargo and cutaway, and is available in half, three-quarter and one-ton models.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need to move a lot of cargo or people, few vehicles are better equipped to do so than the E-Series. Seating for up to 15 passengers makes the E-Series the darling of the shuttle community. Did we mention a properly-equipped E-350 Super Duty can tow up to 10,000 pounds?

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a family hauling vehicle, the E-Series is not as refined or as quiet inside as a full-size Expedition or Excursion. An SUV may fit your needs and your driveway better than a full-size van. If you require a van with all-wheel drive, only the Chevrolet Express Van can fulfill your needs.

What's New for 2009

For 2009, the Ford E-Series receives a new dash and door panels, more comfortable driver and passenger seats and wider opening rear doors. New options include a factory-installed navigation system and a first-in-class in-dash computer that can access the internet via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.

Driving the E150 Cargo

Driving Impressions Driving an E-Series van is somewhat like piloting a big SUV, only there is a bit more rear overhang. Ford has done a good job making sure that...

certain aspects of the E-Series are not as gargantuan as the rest of the vehicle, such as placing the door handles down low so you don't have to reach up to operate them. In a nod to better visibility, the lower edge of the side glass extends far down the van's side, giving the passengers a good view in all directions and allowing the driver to see objects that might not appear in the sideview mirrors. The steering is moderately dampened to give the driver some sense of the road, and the ride is fairly smooth when the vehicle is fully loaded.

In-Dash Computer
Developed by Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto, the in-dash computer allows businesses to do business on the road. They system even includes a hook up for a printer.

6.8-liter Triton V10
The 6.8-liter Triton V10 offers the potent torque of a diesel without the added cost.

2009 Ford E150 Cargo Details
2009 Ford E150 Cargo photo Interior

Ford has done a good job minimizing the vastness of the E-Series' all-new instrument panel, at least from the driver's point of view. It's still a reach to access the audio, navigation and climate controls, but some redundant controls on the steering wheel greatly reduce the number of times you'll need to stretch your arm. Improved seating provides greater support in the passenger van, which includes 11- and 14-passenger configurations with an open center aisle. Factory installed options such as the Masterack tool storage system, Cable Lock tool security system and the QuietFlex rack and bin system allow owners to custom-tailor their vans to better suit specific work-related requirements.

Exterior

Though it has undergone extensive reworking over the years, the E-Series still retains the same basic shape that has defined Ford vans since the late 1970s. Large flush-mounted side glass provides an excellent view from within. The panel vans make wonderful conversion projects and come with a long list of optional fittings to make the job easier for the contractor. Larger front and rear disc brakes and calipers are fitted with a new brake pad material that improves stopping power and reduces heat buildup.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2009 Ford E-150 XL includes a 225-horsepower V8, four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), dual side mirrors, dual 12-volt outlets, swing-out side doors, AM/FM stereo, eight-passenger seating, tilt steering wheel, intermittent wipers and power steering. The XLT trim adds chrome bumpers, six-speaker stereo with CD, dual cloth captain's-chair seating and cruise control and power windows, mirrors and door locks.

Optional Equipment

Options include a 255-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 (standard on E-450), a 305-horsepower 6.8-liter Triton V10 and a 235-horsepower 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel. Also on the list are a number of seating configurations, rear air conditioning, CD player, auxiliary input jack, aluminum wheels, sliding side cargo door, telescopic trailer tow mirrors, power driver's seat, a trailer towing package and the luxurious XLT Premium package. Another appealing option is the Masterack work bin storage system, which includes steel shelving, drawers and cabinets.

Under the Hood

The E-Series offers a strong line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering good power and torque for the standard-wheelbase models. Extended-length E-250 and E-350 models offer a choice of powerplants, including the Triton V10 and Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel. While there is no denying the Power Stroke's ability to tow, the added premium of over $7,000 is difficult to justify, especially when the V10 offers more horsepower and nearly identical maximum torque, though at a higher rpm.}

4.6-liter V8
225 horsepower @ 4800 rpm
286 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

5.4-liter V8
255 horsepower @ 4500 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.8-liter V10
305 horsepower @ 4250 rpm
420 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel
235 horsepower @ 3150 rpm
440 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2009 Ford E150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 251 Ratings for the 1992 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Excursion Van

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Joy to drive on the highways"

Cons: "Terrible in the inner city."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Burgundy with Gold Trim

"This excursion van is for those who enjoy travel along the highways. 20,000 of it's 90,000 miles is city and it's killing this gem. It was owned by my mother who as a foster parent travel the US with her foster children in tow. This van has seen so much of America and is in need of someone who can truly appreciate it's value."

13 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Burgundy with Gold Trim

Practical, Comfortable, Reliable & Loves Gas Pump

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, Practical & Very Reliable"

Cons: "It loves to stop at gas stations."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have used this vehicle to pull a boat ever since it was new. The van is a veritable workhorse and very reliable. It's a pleasure to drive but compared to today's trucks it is a little on the "Thirsty" side... I Rate the Ford Van as EXCELLENT!!!"

21 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Great van!

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Lots of room!"

Cons: "Too few cup holders for so many passengers."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this van for six years and it has exceeded my expectations. We have a large family and needed a vehicle to travel in and get us all around together. The only thing I don't like about it is the back seat seat belts, they lock up too easy. After testing all the large vans on the market when we made this purchase we found the Ford E350 to be the most comfortable for all passengers. If you take out the back row, loosing 4 seats, there is tons of cargo space in this van. Gas mileage is about 15mpg, give or take 1mpg pending on gas type and driving conditions. Same as my old, much smaller, gas guzzler. :-) Be sure to spend the extra money on quality truck tires for this van."

14 people out of 27 found this review helpful

I have loved this van.

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"As a mom with a lot of kids this has been my favorite car ever! Drives great and has lots of space for long trips. Much more comfortable than I would have thought. I have put 132,000 miles on it with little to no problems. I bought it slightly used with 16,000 miles on it."

18 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Best bang for your buck

By on Thursday, April 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If your ever looking for an inexpensive tow vehicle, or you need that extra room to carry cargo and people, I would highly suggest looking at a Ford E250. This van does everything that I've asked it to do, such as fit 3 full size dirt bikes inside and 4 people with all our gear, or to sleep in when camping or going on desert trips. It has been a better value than the trucks I've had before. The design and drivetrain haven't changed much since they first came out in the early 90's, but they handle the road just fine and have plenty of power. With the 5.4, it will easily tow a 7000 pound boat behind (trailer brakes do help a lot though with reducing the braking distance). Overall, I think it's a very versatile vehicle for the money compared to most trucks and would recommend it to anyone needing a tow vehicle or cargo hauler on a budget, or you need to keep your cargo out of the elements."

22 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Van improvements

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "runs great, new tranny, new tires, tuned up"

Cons: "few cracks in surround exterior molding"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

I have many more pics of exterior and interior

"New transmission as of 1 year ago put in by Ford dealership and has been tuned up, new Goodyear Wrangler tires (1 month old). Van has an air compressor and vacuum unit inside along with headphone connections for either TV or radio for the rear and middle section passengers. It is a high top van, too. Power rear seat folds down into a bed and middle seats with come out or swivel around and face the back area. Special lighting in the unit, as well!"

20 people out of 31 found this review helpful

I have many more pics of exterior and interior

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