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2011 Ford E250 Cargo

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2011 Ford E250 Cargo Review

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The 2011 Ford E-Series van celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, marking five decades of tireless service and millions of miles logged. When it comes to shuttling large numbers of people or packages, there is no better vehicle than a full-size E-Series van. As valuable to the service industry and shuttle fleets as it is to retirees towing a mobile home around the country, the E-Series is no Plain Jane van. Equipped with AdvanceTrac traction and stability control, as well as an available navigation unit and the SYNC communications system, the E-Series is as modern as any vehicle in the Ford Fleet. Ford offers the E-Series in a number of configurations, including cutaway, cargo and passenger, and in half-ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton models.

You'll Like This Car If...

Moving lots of cargo and people is what the E-Series does best, so if this is a priority for you or your business, the 2011 Ford E-Series is the vehicle for you. In addition to its gasoline-powered models, Ford also produces vans that can run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or E85.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're thinking "van" because you need to haul around ten to 14 people, you might be concerned that the E-Series does not offer head-curtain airbags, a diesel-engine option or all-wheel drive. However, the above-mentioned features can be found in the Chevrolet Express Van.

What's Significant About This Car?

On its 50th anniversary, the 2011 Ford E-Series van offers the SYNC voice-activated communications system, a 6.5-inch navigation radio, rearview camera (van and wagon only) and HD Radio.

Driving the E250 Cargo

Driving Impressions While one might think driving a full-size van is similar to driving a full-size SUV, there is a world of difference between the two. The 2011 Ford E-Series...

van's basic suspension, long rear overhang and smaller tires require a bit more attention at the wheel, especially when quickly rounding curves or making sudden lane changes. The E-Series' steering feedback is moderately dampened, giving the driver some sense of the road, and the ride remains relatively controlled even when the vehicle is fully loaded. Ford has worked hard to minimize the E-Series' massiveness, especially in areas frequently used by its passengers. The door handles, for example, 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.

In-Dash Computer
Developed by Magnetti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto, the in-dash computer allows businesses to do business on the road. The 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.

2011 Ford E250 Cargo Details
Interior

Despite the vastness of the 2011 Ford E-Series dashboard, Ford has tried to cluster most of the vital switch gear as close to the driver as possible. Unfortunately, the radio and auxiliary input jack are still a bit of stretch, but updating to the SYNC system allows some functions to be activated via voice command; redundant audio controls in the steering wheel also help prevent unwanted muscle strain. Front captain's-chair seating is thick and supportive, but we do have some concern about the bench-style rear seats due to their lack of head restraints. We also question why Ford has does not offer side-curtain airbags. The E-Series can be configured to hold up to 14 passengers and offers a number of seating configurations. 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

While it has been tweaked around the edges numerous times, the same boxy silhouette found on most of the 2011 Ford E-Series ancestors remains firmly intact. The side glass, flush-mounted and dark-tinted, provides excellent 360-degree visibility, and large side mirrors help the driver see objects close to the van's sides. 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 2011 Ford E-150 XL includes a 225-horsepower 4.6-liter V8, four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), dual side mirrors, driver and passenger front airbags, 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, 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 Magnetti Marelli on-board computer system (part of the Work Solutions package.)

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 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 @ 4800 rpm
286 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 (gasoline), 10/12 (E85)

5.4-liter V8
255 horsepower @ 4500 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/16 (gasoline), 9/12 (E85)

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

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2011 Ford E250 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 249 Ratings for the 1992 - 2014 models.

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

It is handicapped accessible and I have loved it

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Great price for someone in need."

Cons: "Needs some repairs."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"It has air and the heat is good. It will not pass Pennsylvania inspection due to rusted rocker panels. It has am/fm cd player. It has leather seats and interior special lighting. The interior is tan in color. It does not have good gas mileage. It does need repairs; brake cylinder, exhaust system and underneath repair. I can no longer afford to repair it. It is great on the open road and has automatic overdrive. It has a side entry automatic lift and doors. I just want you to know that you will have to do some repairs on it and I don't want to mislead anyone."

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."

12 people out of 14 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!"

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

I have many more pics of exterior and interior

Pulling camper is a breeze!!

By on Saturday, March 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 268,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "STRONG!!!! parts are plentiful, roomy,"

Cons: "they quit making this model, that was dumb"

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

"I love this van mostly for pulling a camper. We sell at flea markets. We fill the van with junk and tables and pull the camper behind us. I go through hills of Tennessee to sell at fairgrounds in Nashville every 4th weekend. This van can handle a full load inside while pulling my 3,000# camper. Our van is e-350 with 5.4L. It is the 15 seat model, except seats are removed. If you are going to pull a camper this is much better than a truck, I had F-250. The wind of a truck goes over cab and smacks right into the travel trailer like dragging a parachute behind you. A van the wind cuts right over the van and over camper. My fuel MPG is still about 11-12 at 60mph overdrive off pulling total estimated 5,000# Its not uncommon for these vans to reach 500,000 miles, and rides like a dream. I have owned for more than a year."

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

My every day driver and it has never let me down

By on Sunday, March 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A fine all around vehicle for what ever you need."

Cons: "Could use a fw more creature comforts--"

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

"I keep an air mattress in the back for some over nighters I do. Pulls my DJ trailer and has that cool nostalgia look to it. I'd rather drive this than my 2014 F150--gets better mileage and the sound system I installed rocks. If yo go some where and over-partake, just crawl in the back and save you a DUI. But also, this is a head turner since you don't see many out and about. I've enjoyed it for two years and plan on many more. No mechanical issues other than an ABS sensor that trips the check engine light. If you are into the party life style, you need this."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

WHEEL CHAIRED VEHICLE FOR THE ELDERLY

By on Friday, March 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,272

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: "wheel chair strapping, power doors, great price"

Cons: "none"

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

great for the ones who have wheel chair

"It also comes with a wheel chaired seating strap for all the elders in wheelchairs. You wont see this anywhere else!"

5 people out of 14 found this review helpful

great for the ones who have wheel chair

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