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2012 Ford E150 Passenger

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2012 Ford E150 Passenger Review

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Let's face it, when you need to move a massive amount of people or cargo nothing is as efficient as a full-size van. With 50-plus year of service under its belt, the 2012 Ford E-Series van has more than proven this point, tackling jobs both big and small. A long-time favorite of both the service industry and shuttle fleet managers everywhere, the venerable 2012 Ford E-Series full-size vans also serve countless vacationers who desire to take a big, comfortable conversion van on a long holiday across country. And, although the 2012 Ford E-Series vans are cut from the same mold as their wildly popular 1970s counterparts, today's E-Series is filled with modern safety and convenience features unheard of just a few years ago. Ford's AdvanceTrac traction and stability control system is a definite plus, as is the available navigation and SYNC communications systems. Offered in a number of configurations, the 2012 Ford E-Series van can serve as a passenger, cargo or cutaway van and is available in 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and 1-ton models.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you have a big job moving multiple passengers or hundreds of pounds of cargo, the 2012 Ford E-Series full-size van is the truck of choice. Beyond its numerous configurations, the E-Series van can also be ordered as a CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicle.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you have strong concerns about safety and fuel economy, you should take note that the 2012 Ford E-Series van does not have head-curtain side airbags or a diesel engine option. There is also no all-wheel-drive model. All of these features, however, can be found on the Chevrolet Express Van.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, the E-Series van receives an auxiliary audio input jack as standard, while new cast-aluminum wheels are made optional.

Driving the E150 Passenger
Driving Impressions

You don't hear much about the dynamic handling abilities of a full-size van but, if you're curious, the 2012 E-Series van is actually quite easy to live with. Although not...

... as well-heeled as a full-size SUV like the Ford Expedition, the 2012 Ford E-Series is a far cry from vans of yesteryear. It's true that the rudimentary suspension, long rear overhang and average-size tires don't inspire sporty maneuvering, but the standard AdvanceTrac traction and stability control system goes a long way to making sure bad situations don't get worse. From the driver's seat, the E-Series delivers a modicum of feedback through its oversized steering wheel, but sudden lane changes and corners rounded too quickly require a bit more attention be paid to the task at hand. The E-Series' ride remains relatively controlled even when the vehicle is fully loaded, although it can get rather bouncy. In an attempt to make the 2012 E-Series van as user-friendly as possible, Ford has paid special attention to the areas most frequented by passengers. For example, the van's door handles are placed down low for easy access, and the there is a two-step tier at the base of the sliding side door making entry and exit less of a hike.

Crew Chief telematics
The system allows owners to manage their vehicles, dispatch drivers, keep tabs on usage patterns and track scheduled maintenance.

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

2012 Ford E150 Passenger Details
Interior

It's hard to make a dashboard as vast as that of the 2012 Ford E-Series van simple and easy to operate, but Ford has done a pretty good job. Most of the vital switch gear is clustered as close to the driver as possible, but the radio and auxiliary input jack remains a bit of a reach. Wisely, Ford has made its SYNC communications system available in the 2012 E-Series van, allowing some functions to be controlled via voice-activated commands. There are also redundant controls for volume and station settings on the steering wheel. The E-Series' front captain's-chair seating is firm and supportive, but the bench-style rear seats are a throwback to a time when comfort and head restraints were not a primary concern. And, with no head-curtain airbags to protect rear passengers, we have some concerns about their well-being in a side-impact collision. With a number of possible interior configurations, the E-Series can accommodate up to 14 passengers, a grocery-shelf's worth of boxed goods, or a mix of passengers and cargo. Owners can further customize their vans with such factory options as the QuietFlex rack and bin system, Masterack tool storage package and the Cable Lock tool-security system.

Exterior

Outside of redesigning the front end and tail lights, there's not much Ford can do to change five decades of its rolling box design. Flush-mounted side glass helps reduce drag and, on the 2012 Ford E-Series van, that side glass is particularly wide, providing excellent all around visibility. Large side mirrors help the driver see what might be cruising alongside the E-Series, and can be ordered with a power telescoping feature. If you have a conversion project in mind, the E-Series is the perfect platform from which to start, with a number of factory-installed pre-wiring packages to assist your installer.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Ford E-150 XL includes a 225-horsepower 4.6-liter V8, 4-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), dual side mirrors, driver and passenger front airbags, 12-volt outlets, swing-out side doors, AM/FM stereo, 8-passenger seating, tilt steering wheel, intermittent wipers and power steering. The XLT trim adds chrome bumpers, 6-speaker stereo with CD, dual cloth captain's-chair seating, cruise control and power windows, mirrors and door locks.

Optional Equipment

E-Series options include a 255-horsepower 5.4-liter V8, a 305-horsepower 6.8-liter Triton V10 and CNG versions of the 5.4- and 6.8-liter engines. Also on the list are a number of seating configurations, rear air conditioning, SYNC voice-activated communications system, navigation, HD Radio, 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. Other appealing options include the Masterack work-bin storage system (which includes steel shelving, drawers and cabinets), Tool Link tool-tracking system and the Crew Chief telematics system.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Ford 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 CNG-capable 5.4 and 6.8-liter engines. The 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V8 engines are also E85-compatible.

4.6-liter V8
225 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
286 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 (gasoline), 9/12 (E85)

5.4-liter V8
255 horsepower @ 4,500 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/16 (gasoline), 9/12 (E85)

6.8-liter V10
305 horsepower @ 4,250 rpm
420 lb-ft of torque @ 3,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 10/13

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2012 Ford E150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 265 Ratings for the 2003 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Poor Ford Quality

By on Monday, June 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,700

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Space to fit lots of items"

Cons: "Ford does not stand behind product"

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

"We have a 2012 E-250 van that needs a new transmission. The van is 688 miles past the warranty. Ford does not want to stand behind their vehicles and cover the repair. The 60k warranty ran out just about a week prior to the transmission problem. This seems very disappointing that the vehicle breaks this soon and that Ford will not stand behind their products. Ford has diagnosed the problem and say that they would need to put in a new transmission. They have estimated the repair at $3500. Ford has offered to pay $1400 of the repair. That seems totally disgraceful to me. I can understand if the entire cost cannot be covered because it is technically outside the warranty line, but $1400 is not even 1/2 of the cost."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Built Ford Tough!

By on Monday, May 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "dependable!"

Cons: "not the best sounding stereo system"

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

"I bought my 2011 E-250 at Sam Galloway Ford with only 6k miles on it. It already had a lift kit on it. I no longer use it often, however, when I do it runs like new and is very dependable."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

7.3L Diesel - 450K mi and still running strong

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 450,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "excellent drivetrain"

Cons: "Uncomfortable and noisy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This diesel cargo truck has over 450K miles on the original 7.3L engine. Good power, reasonable mileage (17 mpg, mostly hwy). Handles well, but when empty shakes all life out of you even on perfect roads; when loaded, ride improves a lot. Seats are incredibly uncomfortable, instruments are clear and logical, A/C and ventilation good. Mine has a lot of body rust, but the chassis is solid. Maintenance is difficult due to poorly designed access. Power windows and power mirrors practically don't work and many annoying accessories that don't work right anymore (radio died, fan only runs at high speed...), but as a work truck it just doesn't want to die (and I occasionally pull a heavy trailer, without even noticing the load). Word of caution - the van sits very high, has a high center of gravity, so be careful on turns; it can spin out of control if the road is wet. The new 6.0L diesels are much worse than this one (I have the newer one as well - much worse)."

9 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Great Truck

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

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
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

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

"The only problem I have had with my van is the TIRE SENSORS. They have been on for 5 years. I had them fixed twice but they went on right away both times. The only recommendation I have is more side wall protection on the inside to prevent dents that show on the outside"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

well worth the 5k I paid 3 years ago

By on Friday, April 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 162,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "feels great until gas prices shoot up again"

Cons: "it can be $100 a fill up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The rear AC needed work, there was a recirculation exhaust problem, and had to replace the spark plug wires when #3 started to miss. The interior has held up nicely. Does well on the highway as long as you pay attention to the tires. It'll vibrate at 65-70 if the tire pressures are off or needing new tires. With 5 kids, it's super and more roomy than the minivan."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

unique vehicle

By on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Turtle top 11.5 feet, duel rear tires, levelers, four on the floor, backup camera, side walk in door,rear double door, 120 hook up, running lights, three storage cabinets"

17 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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