Since 1980, the Ford E-Series Van, also known as the Econoline, has been the number-one-selling van. This venerable cargo carrier underwent a hefty redesign in 2008 that included a new grille, upgraded steering, brakes, and suspension, and a few added standard safety features and wiring configurations. For 2009, the E-Series has a redesigned instrument panel and additional option packages that include user-designed up-fitter switches for aftermarket add-ons, a backup camera system, an in-dash computer, an electronic stability program (ESP) with the gasoline engines, and the Work Solutions Package, which includes an in-dash computer with wireless printer.
Three available engines and two transmission choices, all of which have, over the years, distinguished the E-Series from its somewhat underpowered competition, are offered for all three trim levels, the half-ton E-150, three-quarter-ton E-250 Super Duty and one-ton E-350 Super Duty. Additionally, all trims are available in the 236-cubic-foot regular length and the 275-cubic-foot extended length configurations. Payload capacities for the ’09 E-Series range from 3,130 to 3,900 lbs. Towing capacity ranges from 6,000 lbs for the E-150 to 7,500 lbs for the E-350 Super Duty to 10,000 lbs for the E-350 equipped with the V8 turbodiesel.
A 225-hp, 4.6-liter, 16-valve V8 powerplant with 286 lb-ft of torque and a four-speed automatic is standard in the E-150 and E-250 Super Duty trims. A Flex Fuel 5.4-liter, SOHC V8 and a five-speed automatic overdrive transmission that put out 255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque come standard in the E-350 Super Duty. For 2009, buyers of the E-350 Super Duty Van can opt for a 6.8-liter, 305-hp, 20-valve V10 Flex Fuel engine or a 6.0-liter V8 turbodiesel that puts out 235 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. Ford estimates 15/19 mpg for the 4.6-liter V8 and 14/17 for the 5.4-liter V8. Mileage estimates are not available for either the 6.8-liter V10 or the turbodiesel V8.
Standard creature comfort, safety, and handling features for all 2009 E-Series trims include air-conditioning, side steps, an AM/FM stereo with two speakers, audio and towing pre-wiring, tilt-wheel steering, four-wheel disc ABS, front dual-stage airbags, side guard door beams, electronic brakeforce distribution, 16-inch steel wheels, and a front stabilizer bar. Options include the 5.4-liter V8 with five-speed automatic transmission in the E-150 and E-250 Super Duty trims and the 6.8-liter V10 or 6.0-liter V8 turbodiesel engine in the E-350 Super Duty. All ’09 E-Series trims will offer, among other items, the limited-slip differential, front captain’s chairs, navigation packages, second-row seating, a sliding rear door, the trailer tow package, power windows, doors, and mirrors, and the Work Solutions Package as options.