For 2009, the Ford E-Series receives a new dash and door panels, more comfortable driver and passenger seats and wider opening rear doors. Both engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and can run on E85 as well as gasoline. As usual, the Econoline Cargo boasts scads of space for whatever you need to haul. Additionally, a new line of options called Ford Work Solutions includes an in-dash computer with Internet access, which can be paired with a mouse and printer. The E-Series offers a strong line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering good power and torque for the standard-wheelbase models.
The ride is better than it used to be, though, and most shoppers in this segment will gladly accept the Econoline Cargo's forgettable handling characteristics in return for its impressive utility. Accordingly, Ford has taken numerous steps over the last couple years to spruce up its venerable box on wheels. The panel vans make wonderful conversion projects and come with a long list of optional fittings to make the job easier for the contractor. The new line of options called Ford Work Solutions gives commercial buyers even more reasons to stick with the E-Series, enabling everything from radio-frequency tracking of your power tools to the efficient management of your fleet via a telematics and diagnostics system. So the green sticker must be the cash flying out of my walllet! Last year saw the introduction of an aggressive new front fascia and an updated suspension, and the 2009 Ford Econoline Cargo ups the ante with a redesigned instrument panel and an impressive array of new options. As such, it earns our recommendation, though we'd advise sampling the competition as well to determine which van best meets your needs. New options include a factory-installed navigation system and a first-in-class in-dash computer that can access the internet via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
Thanks to its redesigned dash layout, the 2009 Econoline Cargo no longer time-warps you straight back to 1992. But the Econoline Cargo otherwise offers extensive customizability -- and as for the handling, we doubt commercial van shoppers really care how quickly these behemoths can go around corners. Options include a 255-horsepower 5. Factory installed options such as the Masterack tool storage system, Cable Lock tool security system and the QuietFlex rack and bin system allow owners to custom-tailor their vans to better suit specific work-related requirements. Standard-length vans have a maximum cargo capacity of 230 cubic feet, while extended-length vans check in with a voluminous 271 cubic feet of space. They had quite a vast selection to choose from. Improved seating provides greater support in the passenger van, which includes 11- and 14-passenger configurations with an open center aisle.
The 2009 Ford Econoline Cargo may be a child of the 20th century, but numerous updates through the years have kept it competitive in this utilitarian segment. If you require a van with all-wheel drive, only the Chevrolet Express Van can fulfill your needs. In a nod to better visibility, the lower edge of the side glass extends far down the van's side, giving the passengers a good view in all directions and allowing the driver to see objects that might not appear in the sideview mirrors. Engine upgrades on E-350 Super Dutys include a 6. However, it last received a complete redesign in 1992. I was looking for a Truck for my business and stumbled on a few that they had online.
In the powertrain department, the 4. Stability control is newly optional on gas-powered models. Behind the wheel, Ford's van drives adequately, though the Sprinter still offers superior handling and refinement. Any of the uplevel engines should suit most buyers just fine, particularly the torquey and relatively fuel-efficient diesel V8. Another appealing option is the Masterack work bin storage system, which includes steel shelving, drawers and cabinets.
What's New for 2009 The 2009 Ford Econoline Cargo receives a redesigned instrument panel as well as new options such as user-defined Upfitter switches, a navigation system, satellite radio and a rearview camera. Indeed, there's plenty of grunt on tap in all Econoline Cargos save for those saddled with the base 4. A look at the Fair Purchase Price will show you what the E-Series is going for in your area, so be sure to take a look at it before you begin negotiations. It's still a reach to access the audio, navigation and climate controls, but some redundant controls on the steering wheel greatly reduce the number of times you'll need to stretch your arm. . The steering is moderately dampened to give the driver some sense of the road, and the ride is fairly smooth when the vehicle is fully loaded.
The big E-Series offers a number of configurations, including passenger, cargo and cutaway, and is available in half, three-quarter and one-ton models. Shoppers with lighter-capacity needs can start with the E-150 model, while those with more demanding requirements should focus on the E-250 and E-350 Super Duty models. It has been great so far for the last 6 months. Time moves relatively slowly in the passenger-van segment, but the Econoline Cargo's age nonetheless leaves the door open for younger upstarts -- notably the Dodge Sprinter, a rebadged Mercedes that was redesigned for 2007 -- to steal some of the spotlight. Ford has done a good job making sure that certain aspects of the E-Series are not as gargantuan as the rest of the vehicle, such as placing the door handles down low so you don't have to reach up to operate them.
If you're looking for a family hauling vehicle, the E-Series is not as refined or as quiet inside as a full-size Expedition or Excursion. The Econoline Cargo originated back when stonewashed jeans were still kind of cool, but Ford has done an admirable job of keeping the van's technological side up-to-date. Armed with a number of improvements aimed at improving passenger comfort, fuel economy and carrying capacity, Ford's 2009 E-Series full-size van continues to serve as the backbone of the service and passenger shuttle industry. Maximum tow ratings range from 6,000 pounds for a base E-150 to 10,000 pounds for a properly equipped E-350 Super Duty. Functional extras include halogen headlights, a second-row bench seat, upgraded towing packages, a limited-slip differential and performance axle ratios for increased towing capacity.
Overall very happy with the van I bought. Additionally, a new line of options called Ford Work Solutions includes an in-dash computer with Internet access, which can be paired with a mouse and printer. I have my answer now that i completed 1 full tank. So does the Sprinter, of course, yet its fuel-efficient but comparatively puny engines can't come close to matching the Econoline Cargo's towing capacities, which range from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds. In-Dash Computer Developed by Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto, the in-dash computer allows businesses to do business on the road. The E-Series vans are expected to hold an average resale value on par with the Chevrolet Express vans.