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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 261 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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

unique vehicle

By on Wednesday, February 03, 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"

used this van for my svc. business, very dependabl

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Service van with shelving and ladder racks.New front end work. Needs tires soon.Maintained by local mechanic."

Great Handicapped Accessible Van

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great value, hydraulic lift, real workhorse"

Cons: "cosmetic wear and tear inside and out."

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

"This is a reliable handicapped accessible van with a Braun hydraulic wheelchair lift. It had a new transmission installed by Ford 4/15. It has been used mostly for short trips over the past 12 years which is why the mileage is a little over 60,000. Though its purpose was for a wheelchair, it is perfect for anyone that needs a van with a lift. The inside is in good condition with wear and tear mostly from the lift rubbing against the back of the passenger seat. The rear driver side door has taken a beating where the spare tire is mounted and the driver's side running board is damaged. There is also a small crack in the windshield on the passenger side that has been there for years"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This has been a very reliable working vehicle

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Clean reliable good running vehicle. Automatic"

Cons: "small scrape on front panel and side"

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

"This vehicle was used for light duty delivery of window blinds and such. Maintenance included oil change every three months except once. All scheduled maintenance and repairs have been completed. It includes some storage shelves, cabin safety divider and a roof mount ladder rack."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Very reliable - from NYC to Seattle to LA in 2 yrs

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very reliable & strong. Good exterior & interior."

Cons: "A few scratches, but it's a working van!"

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

"Many parts were replaced and is reliable. It towed a U-Haul trailer with the van full across the country, and then then next year, did the same thing from Seattle to LA. I would keep this van, as I used it for many delivery jobs. However, I am changing my career that is less stressful on my body. I had many vans in my company in NYC over 10+ years, and I kept them up regularly and know my several cargo vans gave me peace of mind everyday. And the same thing for this van is like my previous vans; as I take care of them."

23 people out of 41 found this review helpful

good for nearly anything

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Strong durable"

Cons: "uncomfortable"

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

"This van has towed three round hay bales at once a trailer and has been put through alot it has plenty of torque and does very well it just isnt comfortable and has alot of road noise."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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