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2013 Ford E250 Cargo

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2013 Ford E250 Cargo 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 E250 Cargo

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 E250 Cargo 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 E250 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 235 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

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."

32 people out of 59 found this review helpful

2006 Econoline Cargo Van id great!

By on Friday, September 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

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
8/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"the 2006 model E-250 was an exceptionally good model with little repair reports and maintenance. Great work van for the large loads and great towning compacity"

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Worth the money.

By on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,500

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: "Versatile"

Cons: "Nothing"

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

"Owned this truck since new. Added tow package for a 6,500 pound rv. Have towed this trailer all the US. The 4.6 liter engine will pull the continental divide with no problem, but I don't rush it. Added a second row seat so it will seat 5. All I've ever done is change the oil and put gas in it. 20 mpg and 11 mpg pulling the RV."

6 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Good vehicle needing some work.

By on Thursday, August 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 183,887

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

Left Rear View

"Used as a passenger vehicle for a large family. Break light is on possibly caused by corroded wire connected to break system under hood. ABS and Cruise stopped working once the Brake light came on. Spark plug in cylinder 6 needed Helix Coil put in. Error code currently shows Cylinder 6 misfire but believe this is because of a bad spark coil or boot. Vacuum reservoir came off and needs to reconnected. Engine runs rough and seems to be related to a vacuum leak. Under load in overdrive, engine runs rough between 45 and 58 MPH. Lower rear left and right side panels have rust under paint and some metal missing on left."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Left Rear View

Best van i've ever owned

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,000

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: "lots of room and power easy to drive"

Cons: "low gas mileage on short trips"

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

"Lots of room and pay load with the seats removed 15 passenger with the seats lots of power with the V-10 up to 16 Mpg on trips w/8 passengers, air on, cruise 75mph great handling, surprisingly easy to park only negative gets poor mileage around town in winter conditions 10-11mpg.body starting to rust I would diffidently buy another"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

good condition week old $1100 air compressor minor

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "I have a bad back and It is the only vehicle that"

Cons: "on the front panel I put my cup i do not know is f"

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

"I would sell it to a friend but they all can afford luxury cars. This was the last model with great seat height terrific driving visibility and comfort"

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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