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2013 Ford E150 Passenger

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2013 Ford E150 Passenger Review

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When it comes to hauling substantial amounts of people and cargo, it's difficult to think of a more capable choice than the 2013 Ford E-Series van. With a resume that stretches back over 50 years, the E-Series continues to build upon its reputation as the workhorse of the American commercial industry. On the technology front, the optional Crew Chief telematics system provides operators with the real-time data they need to manage their fleets and reduce fuel costs. In wagon form, the 15-passenger E-350 extended version delivers an impressive measure of people moving power for fleet shuttle services or the Partridge family of the 21st century. While rivals like the GMC Savana, Chevrolet Express, and new Ford Transit Connect each offer high-levels of utilitarian might, the evergreen E-Series remains the benchmark of the full-size van segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need to move a great deal of people or cargo, the 2013 Ford E-Series deserves a spot on your short list. Available in 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and 1-ton configurations along with three engines to choose from, the Ford E-Series can be custom tailored to accommodate a variety of transportation needs.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Car shoppers with lighter-capacity needs should take a look at the more modern and fuel-efficient 2013 Ford Transit Connect. If you prefer the traditional shape of the E-Series, but desire the multi-season versatility of all-wheel drive (AWD), the GMC Savana AWD might be a better fit.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 model year marks the end of the line for the iconic Ford E-Series. Instead of updating the age-old E-Series platform, the Blue Oval has opted to replace its best-selling van with the all-new Ford Transit (arriving early 2014).

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 2013 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 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 toward 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.

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.

REAR BACKUP CAMERA
Reversing a near 20-foot-long van into a tight space on your lonesome can be about as nerve-racking as taking the SATs. To help eliminate the need for a spotter, the 2013 Ford E-Series offers a wide-angle rear backup camera with guidelines for a comprehensive view of the area behind the vehicle.

2013 Ford E150 Passenger Details
Interior

It's hard to make a dashboard as vast as that of the 2013 E-Series van simple and easy to operate, but Ford has done a commendable job. Most of the vital switch gear is clustered as close to the driver as possible, but the radio and auxiliary input jack remain a bit of a reach. Wisely, Ford has made its SYNC communications system available for its entire 2013 E-Series lineup, which allows some functions to be controlled via voice commands. 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.

Exterior

Outside of redesigning the front end and taillights, 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 2013 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, and can be ordered with a power-telescoping feature to aid parking. 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 2013 E-Series offers perhaps the shortest list of standard equipment among modern automobiles. Base versions of both the E-Series van and wagon include air conditioning, front-row vinyl flooring, a tilt steering wheel, intermittent windshield wipers, and a 2-speaker audio system with a basic auxiliary jack for portable music players. XLT wagon models add a high-capacity front and rear air conditioning system, cruise control, and an electronic message center. Standard safety features include driver and front passenger airbags and stability control with rollover mitigation. For comparison, the GMC Savana includes two additional airbags (side curtain) and standard OnStar emergency services, making it the more appealing choice for safety-minded buyers.

Optional Equipment

Basic creature comforts available for the 2013 E-Series include a power driver's seat, remote keyless entry, privacy glass, and a 6-speaker audio prep package. Also on the list are a number of seating configurations for wagon models, fabric-trimmed seating surfaces, chrome-finished bumpers, and alloy wheels. In-vehicle electronics come in the form of Ford's voice-activated SYNC software, a navigation system, a rear backup camera, and Crew Chief telematics. In a nod to greener energy, the E-Series can be ordered as a CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicle.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Ford E-Series offers a well-rounded line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering adequate power and torque in E-150 trim. Extended-length E-250 and E-350 models offer a choice of two powerplants, including the Triton V10 and CNG-compatible 5.4 V8 and 6.8-liter V10 engines. The 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V8 engines are also E85-compatible. Both V8 mills send power to the rear wheels through an antiquated 4-speed automatic transmission, while the top-of-the-line Triton V10 is mated to a 5-speed automatic.

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

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2013 Ford E150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 239 Ratings for the 1992 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Great work van

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014

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
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great for plumber or hvac"

Cons: "Doesn't have any cons"

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

"My 2008 e150 work van is for sale. Van has 60000 miles . Custom cabinets shelves and roof racks. Van is very clean inside and out . 10000 lb trailer hitch was installed by Franklin trailer. Auto remote start what comes in handy when it's cold or hot.New windshield just installed last week."

I love this van

By on Friday, November 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great for families with more than 3 kids"

Cons: "no headrests on bench seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"We had 6 kids at one time, so a minivan was out of the question. This van provided us all the room we needed on trips. My wife could sit in one of the bench seats and attend to little infants in carseats. She even nursed babies when absolutely necessary. No that our kids are teenagers, and the two older ones are out of the nest, the van allows the other 4 to spread out. The only thing I don't like is the lack of headrests on the bench seats. Not as safe as it could be. But the van has been very reliable, not needing much in the way of repairs."

Owned it 13 years. Very satisfied.

By on Thursday, October 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Smooth ride, sitting high. pretty utilitarian."

Cons: "A little side door rattling but not many "cons""

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

"I bought this van in 2001. It had 13,000 miles on it. I've had it 13 years and it only has 70,000 and I would imagine has a lot of use left but I just don't need it anymore. My wife and I would vacation with it. It has 4 bench seats and we'd put in just the second one back. We had a nice bed behind it and our luggage, golf clubs and a cooler up front. It's easy to take the seats in and out and drives very smooth and cruise control is great. I also enjoy the sitting up pretty high compared to a car. Since we didn't have a lot of weight in it we got 17-19 MPG and with a 35 gal. tank had really good range. At night I'd crack the side windows and always slept great in it. We'd get a tent site at an RV park so we had use of bathrooms and showers so only $15-$20 per night."

15 people out of 32 found this review helpful

best riding van ever

By on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,000

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: "love the power of the 5.4 one ton, drives great"

Cons: "non"

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

"I have had this van for 12 years and owned a fleet of them and they were always the best riding, comfortable vans. never had any problems with them. always did routine maintenance and they were running fabulously."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've ever had

By on Monday, September 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 285,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Dependable and just keeps on going. Original engine, the only work we had done was on the front end early on. Other than that she has run like a top. 285K miles and still runs strong."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I have driven 2 E250's over 300,000 miles each.

By on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 318,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good value, strong van"

Cons: "Stopping production of this workhorse of a van"

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

"The 2000 E 250 was the most reliable. The 2007 model needs a new transmission every 125,000-150,000 miles. This is the only drawback I could find for these vans. We also carry the maximum weight with no problems overall. To stop production of this van will be a mistake."

33 people out of 61 found this review helpful

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