For over fifty years, the Ford E-Series cargo van has been the answer for both commercial and personal drivers who need a reliable vehicle to get lots of cargo – and occasionally lots of passengers – from one place to the next. Ford has always known how to build a sturdy driving machine, and this expertise is clearly evident in the E-Series. In fact, it is so well designed that the Ford E-350 Super Duty cargo van and its brethren have hardly changed over the years, and frankly, that’s just the way cargo van fans have liked it.
The 2013 Ford E-350 is the biggest of the E-Series, and is more capable than the starter E-150 or the next-level E-250. Though both of those models can do the job for most people’s needs, the E-350 can do it all – there’s a reason they call it the Super Duty. Depending on your needs, your 2013 Ford E-350 can be designed with commercial needs in mind, or with a more personal design, featuring windows in the rear sides of the van. You can also convert your E-350 to a passenger van which seats up to 15 passengers. You’ll also need to choose whether you want to go with the standard, 212-inch van or the extended, 232-inch version. That extra twenty inches gives you more storage space at the cost of a bit of hauling power. If you’re managing a fleet of vans, consider the optional Crew Chief System, a monitoring system that helps you keep tabs on usage, maintenance, and other costs for your vans.
New For 2013
So few changes have been implemented in the E-350 from year to year, that it almost seems like part of the Ford Cargo Van philosophy. The 2013 Ford E-350 is no exception. That being said, if you’re waiting for Ford to change with the times, you only have to wait one more year. However, you won’t be getting an E-Series van – The E-Series is on the path to retirement, to make room for the new, updated Ford Transit van.
Unless you do your own designer paint job, the Ford E-350 won’t turn any heads, but this was not the intention. It’s meant to be a big, sturdy machine that can haul cargo dependably, and that’s exactly what it looks like, with 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires with an underbody mounted spare tire, and a rear barn door. Your exterior will vary slightly depending on whether you opt for the standard or extended body, and whether you include rear windows or side panels. You can liven up the exterior a bit with several available options, including running boards, a black or chrome rear step bumper, privacy glass, forged aluminum or painted white steel wheels, a sliding side cargo door, and telescopic power trailer tow mirrors.
Interior & Cargo
This section is where the Ford E-350 earns its keep. This vehicle is designed to carry, and carry it does. The standard E-350 has a towing capacity of a whopping 10,000 lbs. with an equally impressive maximum payload of 4,050 lbs. You can fit 278 cubic feet of cargo in the E-350. If you need even more room, the extended body model bumps you up to 319.1 cubic feet with no loss of towing capacity, though the maximum payload drops to 3,920 lbs. The 2013 Ford E-350 is designed to seat only two passengers in the cargo version, but those two sit comfortably in vinyl Captain’s chairs. The interior does feature power steering, a tilt steering wheel, and air-conditioning. Standard entertainment features are a two-speaker AM/FM stereo with MP3 audio input. Interior upgrade options include cruise control, satellite radio, cloth upholstery, and power driver’s seat.
Safety might not be your primary concern in a cargo van, but it is important nonetheless. This is why the Ford E-350 features the SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft system, along with the E-Guard Cargo Protection system. Of course, your passengers are important too, which is why the E-350 has front and rear ventilated disc brakes, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and tire pressure monitoring.
The 2013 Ford E-350 Super Duty van is not designed to give you a smooth, quiet ride in luxury in comfort. That being said, for what it is, it offers a decent ride, and you’ll definitely appreciate the AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control. If you’re looking for power, look no further: the E-350 has a powerful, 5.4-liter V-8 linked to a four-speed, automatic transmission that delivers 255 horsepower (hp) and 350 lb-ft of torque. Of course, this is a Super Duty van designed for heavy-duty action, so if that’s not enough for you, you can upgrade to the 6.8-liter, V-10, which provides 305 hp and 420 lb-ft. of torque. That’s not the only option to consider when driving a Ford E-350. Other options include an electronic five-speed auto trans with Tow-Haul Mode, 4.10 limited slip axle ratio, and dual heavy-duty 78-amp batteries. Fuel economy is not a forte of the Ford E-350, coming in at an unimpressive 12/16 mpg city/highway for a Flex-Fuel engine that takes regular unleaded and E85.
This van is not designed for running casual everyday errands. If you make regular grocery store runs or have a bunch of kids that need to get to school, a minivan or an SUV will do the job and provide a lot more comfort. However, if you’ve got serious hauling to do every week, you can’t ask for much more than what the Ford E-350 has to offer.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Ford E350
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Nissan NV
- GMC Savana