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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 251 Ratings for the 1992 - 2014 models.

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  • 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 24 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."

16 people out of 25 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!"

19 people out of 30 found this review helpful

I have many more pics of exterior and interior

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