The base model for Ford's commercial hauling van is the 2006 Ford Econoline Cargo E-150, a three-door van that's available only in the regular 211-inch length. The rear-wheel drive van comes with a 4.6-liter, 225-hp V8 that gets 286 lb-ft of torque and is matched to a 4-speed auto tran. A 5.4-liter, 255-hp V8 is optional. Based on the F-series platforms, the 2006 Econoline Cargo E-150 can tow up to 6600 pounds and features a front independent and rear live axle suspension, a front stabilizer bar, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, dual front-side airbags, and 16-inch wheels with all-season tires. A limited slip rear differential is extra. The van seats two, but an optional rear bench seat can be added.
Minimally equipped, the 2006 Econoline Cargo E-150 comes with air conditioning, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, radio and intermittent wipers. Cupholders, a front power outlet, tachometer, and storage console are also included. The double rear doors open out, and there is also a hinged side door, which can be replaced by an optional manual sliding door. Options include alloy wheels, a CD player, power features, cruise control, rear air conditioning, daytime running lights, captain's chairs, tie-downs, a roof rack, and a trailer hitch. The best power in its class makes the 2006 Econoline Cargo E-150 popular, though the 15/19 gas mileage, while expected, is not satisfying.