KBB Editors' Overview
By Matt Degen
- Updated Date: 4/7/2014
For over 50 years, the Ford E-Series van has made a name for itself as transport for cargo and passengers. In that time, Ford's venerable van has become a workhorse depended on daily by businesses, fleet services, and families large enough to form their own hockey team. But time has caught up with the Ford E-Series, and 2014 marks the final year for the aging carryall as it makes way for the technologically superior and more efficient 2015 Ford Transit. Though the 2014 E-Series is competing with fresher rivals such as the Ram Promaster and Nissan NV, it's impossible to ignore this full-size van's history of commercial service and the familiar bond it has formed with tradesmen and fleet drivers alike.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want a tried-and-true full-size van, they don't get more iconic than the E-Series. Available as a half-ton, three-quarter-ton or one-ton cargo van or as a passenger wagon, the 2014 Ford E-Series can move a great deal of cargo or people or be customized to serve a variety of professions.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Fresher rivals such as the Ram Promaster, Nissan NV, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and forthcoming Ford Transit boast more efficient powertrains, better technology and contemporary looks. If you need all-wheel-drive, the also-aging GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express twins offer it.
What's New for 2014
No changes are in store for the 2014 Ford E-Series, which will cease production after this year. (E-Series Cutaways and Stripped Chassis models, however, will continue to be built for commercial applications.)
You probably wouldn't associate a full-size van with speedy acceleration or a suspension system that grips corners or coddles bodies – and you'd be correct. This is especially so with the 2014 Ford E-Series van, which makes do with aging engines and a rudimentary suspension system until its turbocharged, MacPherson strut-wearing Transit replacement arrives. That said, the E-Series is easy enough to live with for the purposes it serves, and features traction and stability control systems to prevent a bad situation from turning worse. The van's big steering wheel delivers a modicum of feedback, but changing lanes suddenly or rounding corners quickly is ill-advised. The E-Series' ride remains relatively controlled even when the vehicle is fully loaded, although it can get rather bouncy.
CREW CHIEF TELEMATICS
This optional embedded communication system allows fleet owners to manage their vehicles, dispatch drivers, keep tabs on usage patterns, and track scheduled maintenance.
ALTERNATIVE FUEL OPTIONS
The E-Series' 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V8 engines are flex-fuel capable, meaning they can run on the E85 blend of ethanol and gasoline. Even better, the 5.4-liter V8 and 6.8-liter V10 can be converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane gas (LPG).
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