The least powerful of Ford's cargo vans, the 2005 Ford Econoline Cargo E-150 still packs a 4.6-liter, 225-hp V8 with 286 lb-ft of torque, and can be equipped with an optional 5.6-liter V8 that gets 255-hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. A 4-speed automatic is the only transmission. Available only in the smaller 138-inch wheelbase version, the rear-wheel drive cargo van seats two in a vinyl bench seat, though a second row bench can be added. 16-inch wheels, 4-wheel ABS brakes, the sturdy F-Series truck platform, and dual front airbags take care of performance and safety issues, and a limited slip rear differential is on the options list.
Meant to haul cargo, the 2005 Econoline Cargo E-150 is bare-bones inside, with a radio, tilt steering wheel, power steering, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, and air conditioning. It can tow up to 6600 pounds with an optional trailer hitch. Power features, a CD player, cruise control, remote entry, rear climate control, and front captain's chairs are optional. A hinged side door can be replaced by a manual sliding door. Running boards can also be added. Good hauling power is all most owners want, and they are generally satisfied with the 2005 Econoline E-150 Cargo Van, though the 15/19 fuel economy is nothing to applaud.
The 2005 Ford Econoline E-250 Cargo Van is the three-quarter ton commercial hauler with the smaller 138-inch wheelbase. Cargo capacity is 257 cubic feet, and the bay features rubber mats, tie-downs, and racks. A trailer hitch is available to help tow up to 7300 pounds with an optional 5.6-liter, 255-hp V8. A 4.8-liter, 225-hp V8 is standard, and both engines come with a 4-speed automatic. Four-star crash ratings are due to dual front airbags, 4-wheel ABS brakes, 16-inch wheels, and a front double I-beam/rear live axle suspension. A limited slip rear differential is optional, and alloy wheels can substitute for steel wheels.
Inside, the 2005 Econoline E-250 Cargo Van is like the E-150, with air conditioning, tilt steering, a radio, intermittent wipers, and a tachometer. Seating for two can be enhanced by an optional second row bench seat, and cloth captain's chairs can replace the front vinyl bench. A hinged side door can be turned into a sliding one. Other options include a CD player, cruise control, full power setup, a security system, remote entry, and rear climate control.
Adding 20 inches to the length gives you the Extended Van version of the 2005 Ford Econoline E-250 Cargo Van. This means 309 cubic feet of cargo space, an increase of nearly 50 cubic feet over the regular van. The rear-wheel drive 2005 Econoline E-250 Cargo Van Extended comes with a 4.8-liter, 225-hp V8 or optional 5.6 V8 that hits 255 and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both come with a 4-speed automatic. 16-inch wheels, a front twin I-beam suspension and rear live axle suspension, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and dual front airbags are some of the performance and safety features. A limited slip rear differential, daytime running lights, and running boards can be added.
The basic necessities are provided -- air conditioning, intermittent wipers, power steering, and a radio, but you'll pay extra for rear climate control (a second row bench can also be added to supplement the front bench), a CD player, cruise control, power features, remote entry, daytime running lights, and a security system. Captain's chairs are available for the front row, and a manual sliding side door is also optional. A trailer hitch helps with towing up to 7300 pounds. Tough, sturdy, and powerful are highlights of the 2005 Econoline E-250 Cargo Van Extended, though some wish it had more features and better fuel economy.
No major changes this year to the 2005 Ford Econoline Cargo E-350 Van, the one-ton super-duty offering of the commercial hauler. At 211 inches in length, it can carry up to 257 cubic feet of goods and tow another 10,000 pound with the optional trailer hitch. A 5.6-liter, 255-hp V8 delivers 350 lb-ft of torque, but it can also be equipped with a 6.0-liter turbodiesel V8 that gets 250-hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. An optional 6.8-liter V10 is also available, delivering 305-hp. A 4-speed or 5-speed automatic are offered. The 2005 Econoline Cargo E-350 Van can be equipped with a limited slip rear differential.
The two-seater, rear-wheel drive van rides on 16-inch wheels, with 4-wheel ABS, a front independent and rear live axle suspension, and dual front airbags. A second row bench is available. Intermittent wipers, air conditioning, a tachometer, a radio, and power steering are standard, along with a hinged side door, which can be replaced with a manual sliding door. Other options include power features, cruise control, a CD player, keyless entry, and dual-zone climate control.
With the most power in its class, and 309 cubic feet of cargo room, this rear-wheel drive commercial van is capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds when equipped with the optional 6.8-liter, 305-hp V10 engine. The standard engine is a 5.4-liter, 255-hp, 350 lb-ft of torque V8, and there is an optional 6.0 turbodiesel V8 that gets 250-hp, but 440 lb-ft of torque. The V10 and turbo come with a 5-speed auto tran, while the standard 5.6 V8 is mated to a 4-speed. Four-star crash ratings come from the solid F-series truck platform, the 16-inch wheels, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and dual front airbags. A limited slip rear differential is optional.
A front bench seat can be replaced with captain's chairs, and a second row bench is also available if you want to carry passengers as well as cargo. Air conditioning, intermittent wipers, tilt steering wheel, a tachometer, and a radio are all included, but if you want power features, cruise control, a security system, CD player, or remote entry, you'll have to pay more. A manual sliding side door is available, as are running boards, a trailer hitch, and daytime running lights. The 2005 Ford Econoline Cargo E-350 Extended Van gets around 15/19 mpg, which isn't thrilling for owners, but its power more than makes up for any disappointment.