Ford Econoline

Ford Econoline

In the realm of high powered vans, the Ford Econoline delivers what many in the US market want in a recreational or cargo vehicle. Whether you are interested in buying a quality full-size van for personal use, or employing the van for daily commercial tasks, this vehicle in the Ford E-Series has ample room and space to transport many people or large cargo. If you are looking to save money by purchasing a used Ford Econoline van, is a great place to start in your research process.

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Ford produces a number of vehicles across all spectrums and the current Ford Econoline E-Series is reflective of the name's consistent high quality. The 2013 Ford E-Series Cargo E-150 certainly continues this tradition of quality as the E-150 was a winner of the Vincentric Best Value Truck Brand of 2013. Now, there is more than one trim to select from in the 2013 Ford Econoline. Specifically, there are six trims to choose from. Quite a number of similarities exist among the trims and no radical changes exist between the various models.

The 4.6-liter V8 engine remains the standard motor for an E Series van, although it is possible to procure and install even more powerful engines. This is not to suggest in any way the V8 engine lacks power, as even a cursory examination of the engine reveals an incredible level of performance.  The E-Series Van E-150, E-Series Van E-150 Extended, E-Series Van E-250, and the E-Series Van E-250 Extended all feature this particular engine. 225 horsepower with 4800 RPM is found across the board with all of these models.

For those interested in the more powerful version, the E-Series Van E-350 Super Duty houses the larger 5.4L V8 engine. 255 horsepower with 4500 RPM reflects a marked increase over the other trims. Those wishing to invest the extra funds in a higher performing vehicle will find this particular model preferable.

The power of the E-150 and E-250 trims are worth taking a closer look at. A comparison between the recreational and the commercial trims is suggested in order to select the right one for your desired tasks. The torque generated to the wheels on all the trims is 286 lb-ft at 3,500 RPM. The payload will range from 3,530 lbs to 3,410 lbs based on the trim. The commercial cargo van can deliver a maximum towing power of 6,000 lbs and the extended commercial cargo van offers 5,900 lbs of towing power. The recreational cargo van delivers 6,400lbs and the recreational extended cargo van yield 6,500lbs of towing capacity respectively.

Each model of the Econoline runs with 4-Speed Automatic Overdrive transmission. It is worth noting that all of the various trims are designed as two-seater models. One area where they are different is visible in the Ford Econoline mpg. The fuel economy on the E-Series Van E-350 Super Duty reflects 12 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway. With the other four models in the Ford Econoline, the actual miles per gallon are about 13 in the city and roughly 17 on the highway. In some instances, the vehicle might actually get slightly lower fuel economy at a maximum of 10 in the city. Excessive idling on city streets could contribute to burning more fuel. Those living in more congested metropolitan areas should be mindful of this fact.

While this particular line of vans is commonly geared more towards the commercial van market, those in need of a solid van for personal use might find this to be a good buy. Entrepreneurs, however, might be inclined to look closer at purchasing a previously owned 2013. Doing so opens the door to acquiring a reliable van at a lower price. The variation in trims allow for different levels of customization for those in need of a commercial or recreational van.


Unfortunately, no crash test data or results exist on the 2013 Ford Econoline from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Limited information does exist from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which gave the Rollover Rating three stars.

The safety features of the Ford Econoline's include anti-lock brakes, seatbelt pretensioners, and front impact airbags. Stability control is another exceptional safety feature that ensures the van handles both responsively and safely on the road.