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2014 Ford E-Series

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/9/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

For 2014 Ford has discontinued the E-Series cargo and passenger vans with the incoming Transit van but will continue producing the cutaway and stripped chassis until the end of the decade. In addition, Ford will offer an eight-passenger variant of certain E-350 models.

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Vehicle Overview

The Ford E-Series is a range of work vans that encompasses several different models, from the utilitarian cargo van to the 15-passenger wagon. The E-Series is being phased out, and the Transit is being introduced. It fits above the Transit Connect in the full-size commercial van segment.

Summary

For 2014 the Ford E-150 is available with a 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 225 hp and 286 lb-ft of torque coupled to a four-speed automatic, which is good for an EPA-estimated 13/17 mpg city/highway. Buyers who step up to an E-350 get the option of either a 5.4-liter V-8 (255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque) with an optional five-speed automatic or a 6.8-liter V-10 (305-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque), which comes only with the five-speed automatic. Mileage on the heavy-duty E-350 vans is 12 and 10 mpg in the city, respectively. Extended wheelbase versions of the E-350 can seat up to 15 passengers, and properly equipped models can tow up to 10,000 pounds.

The NHTSA gave the E-150 and 12-passenger E-350 variants a three-star rollover safety rating, but the 15-passenger E-350 received just a two-star rating (out of a possible five stars).

You’ll Like

  • Long-running model, no surprises
  • Up to 15 passengers
  • Versatile and can be arranged for just about any business endeavor

You Won’t Like

  • Aging model hasn’t been updated in years
  • The upcoming Ford Transit has newer technology
  • Dated styling

Key Competitors

  • Ford Transit
  • Chevrolet Express
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Ram ProMaster
  • Nissan NV

Rating

1 star

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