The Ford E-series is a stalwart of Ford's lineup, the country's best-selling full-size van for more than three decades. The aging E-series (Ford calls it "time tested") received some attention a few years back in the form of a face-lift and some mechanical upgrades, but since then updates have been few and far between. The E-series can be purchased for either personal use (as a wagon with rear side windows) or as a commercial vehicle (as a van with side panels) in either regular or extend-length configurations. There are three available gasoline engines (the V-8 diesel was dropped two years ago): a 225-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 is the weak sister of the trio and is joined by a 255-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 and a 305-hp, 6.8-liter V-10. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control is standard on all E-series vehicles. Other practical features include an available navigation system, a backup camera, plentiful storage space integrated throughout the vehicle, extra-wide-opening rear doors, and optional trailer brake control. An attractive option for commercial customers is the available Crew Chief telematics and diagnostics system, which allows fleet administrators to keep tabs on vehicle usage and maintenance and monitor operating costs. The passenger version of the E-series seats up to fifteen people, so if you need to transport the whole Cub Scout troop or moonlight as an airport-shuttle driver, this could be the vehicle for you. If not, a regular minivan or a full-size SUV would probably be sufficient.
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