The lightweight of its lineup, Ford’s 2010 E-Series E-150 half-ton medium-duty van nevertheless continues a tradition of draught-animal utility that’s been around for nearly forty years. This two-passenger, 236-cubic-foot-capacity van is minimally equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl bucket seats, tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning, and an AM/FM stereo with two speakers. Customization features and options, however, are among this venerable van’s strong suits, with such gizmos, doodads, and add-ons as Ford's Work Solutions Package, with tool-tagging and vehicle telematics, an in-dash computer, and various interior comfort and convenience options, power accessories, and seating upgrades all making this workhorse livable, if not palatial. Safety-wise, only standard four-wheel disc ABS and basic front airbag protection are included on delivery, but stability control, passenger airbag deactivation, and a remote anti-theft alarm are available.
A standard 4.6-liter ethanol-capable Flex Fuel (FFV) V8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission provide the 2010 E-series Van with 225 hp and 286 lb-ft of torque, good enough to haul 6,500 pounds of trailer when properly equipped. Perhaps a better choice of powerplant, however, may be the available 255-hp, 350-lb-ft/torque 5.4-liter FFV V8 that, when managed by the standard four-speed automatic, can tow up to 7,400 pounds when properly equipped. Mileage estimates are unavailable for any E-Series engines.