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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.}
225 horsepower @ 4800 rpm
286 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 (gasoline), 10/12 (E85)
255 horsepower @ 4500 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/16 (gasoline), 9/12 (E85)
305 horsepower @ 4250 rpm
420 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
By Jerry on Saturday, March 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This van is White with blue pin stripes. There is a TV a radio and cassett in the back and also in the front, dual air, the inside and outside is in mint condition"
12 people out of 26 found this review helpful
By tides61 on Thursday, March 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great for family, camping, or hauling"
Cons: "Samll stain on rug next to rear door."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This vehicle was used mainly for camping and carrying items. Windows placed to qualify as a passenger vehicle, 2 Caption's Chairs. 1 3/4 bench seat that folds down and can be used as a bed. 1 Full bench seat that folds down and can be used as a bed. Multiple outlets for accessories that run from the battery. Multiple outlets that use 120v accessories. Outside 120 outlet for plug into power source Custom window curtains and curtains between passenger seats and back seats for privacy. Carpeted. Rear heat and air-conditioning."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Tommy on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Large capacity work horse for the price"
Cons: "bad gas mileage and horrible in snow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I purchased this vehicle for my large family as well as delivering for my company. It was a smart purchase because it takes care of both nicely.I just wish it was a little bit better on gas mileage. But overall I would purchase another because Ford vans are dependable and reliable."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Marty on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"2005 E250 Ford Extended Cargo SILVER Van in Excellent Condition, V8, 4.6 Liter, Automatic,RWD, Power Steering, AM/FM, AC, Mileage 22500. Private Party selling due to sole owner in nursing home for past 3 years and sickly soon after original purchase."
8 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By matt on Friday, February 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfort and roomy"
Cons: "pricey repairs but it is a van"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"dependable ride with alot of room even with steel shelving. Ive moved alot with this van and almost always had an easy time with"
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By JAKEY on Thursday, February 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great van for the price"
Cons: "height restrictions"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"High durability, great cargo space, easily customized for any business. Why buy a pickup when you can haul all and more with this van."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful