Ford New Car Reviews

2012 Ford Econoline Wagon

Model Strengths:

Towing and hauling ability; sturdy truck underpinnings; wide range of interior configurations; advanced fleet and tool management technology

Model Overview

E-Series vans are available in the several regular and "heavy-duty" configurations: E-150 and E-350. The E-350 trim is available in an extended-wheelbase variation. On the E-150 trims a 4.6L V8 engine that makes 225 horsepower and 286 pound-feet of torque is standard. A 225-horse 5.4L V8 engine is optional. That same 5.4L is standard on the E-350, while a 6.8L Triton V10 engine capable of 305 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque is optional. The E-150 has an overall length of 216.7 inches, and extended versions are about 20 inches longer. When properly equipped, the passenger wagon E-350 can hold up to 15 passengers. Standard safety features include driver and front passenger air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock brake system, tire pressure monitoring system, side-intrusion door beams and AdvanceTrac and Roll Stability. Available safety options include Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, which allows for direct operation of the trailer's electronic brakes, a dash-mounted front-passenger air bag cutoff switch and a rear-view camera system. Storage space abounds in all E-Series trims, including door panels with integrated second-bin compartments, a contents-retention strap driver's door, a storage tray above the passenger airbag, three large cup holders, an integrated clipboard holder, space for a laptop and a large glove box with a second power point. Available options on the E-Series include remote keyless entry, exterior upgrade packages, the usual power accessories, carpeted floor covering and insulation and comfort items. Four after-market-configurable dashboard switches are available for accessory integration. Ford also offers some innovative fleet and job-site technology for 2011. Ford's "Crew Chief" is a fleet telematics and diagnostics system that allows small fleet owners to manage their vehicles, track dispatches and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records. Rear air conditioning and a back-up camera system are also available.

Model Changes

Ford's work-horse passenger van carries into 2012 largely unchanged. The standard stereo gains an audio input jack. Last year's Magneti Marelli in-dash computer is not available for 2012.

Model Value

Ford's full-size E-Series vehicles have long been the top-selling vans in the U.S.. Introduced in 1961, Ford has used the last 50 years to refine their full-size van to perfect it for the contractors and airport shuttles, with whom it is popular. All E-Series are capable of E85 flex fuel. MSRP starts at $28,550. When properly configured, the van can hold up to fifteen adults.
* EPA mileage estimates and EPA fuel economy methods based on models beginning with the indicated model year. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before the indicated model year. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.