Put a 236-inch-long one-ton van on a 138-inch wheelbase and behold the 2011 Ford E-350 Super Duty Ext (extended) work van. Some 20 inches longer than the standard-length (216 inches) E-350, this stretched-out pack mule sports three doors, two-passenger seating, 16-inch steel wheels, and over 275 cubic feet of cargo area. Other standard features include vinyl upholstery, captain’s chair front seats, tilt-wheel steering, and air conditioning, with entertainment, such as it is, provided by an AM/FM stereo setup with two speakers.
Options are where this full-size cargo van shines, however. SYNC-interfaced DVD navigation with integrated rear-view camera and upgraded audio components that include a single-CD player and satellite radio are available with the E-350 Super Duty Ext van, as are cruise control, high-capacity air conditioning, cloth upholstery, and second-row bench seating. Further available amenities include power accessories, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, remote power door locks, and a sliding rear passenger-side cargo door. A number of interior and exterior upgrade packages are also available, with each incorporating a variety of the above features. Additionally, such job-oriented applications as Ford’s Work Solutions tracking and security technology and an in-dash PC with available wireless mouse and printer can also be delivered with the 2011 E-350 Super Duty Ext. Finally, for the dedicated hauler, Class II, III, or IV trailering packages are available, with the accompanying integrated trailer brake controller and extendable tow mirrors, while a number of cargo-area bin and shelving options are additionally available.
Safety-wise, this big van uses sheer size to protect occupants. However, four-wheel antilock braking (ABS), as well as traction and stability control, complements mandated front airbags and a post-collision safety system to further assist in occupant protection. Optional safety equipment with this popular commercial van includes daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, a remote antitheft alarm, and a cargo protection system.
As with its standard-length sibling, the 2011 E-350 Super Duty Ext gets the standard 5.4-liter V8 Flex Fuel engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. This combo churns out 255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 12/15 mpg. Max towing capacity, meanwhile, is a decent 7,500 pounds with the proper equipment.
But if that’s not quite enough oomph, there’s an optional 6.8-liter V10 powerplant that mates with a 5-speed TorqShift transmission for 305 hp and a humongous 420 lb-ft of torque. Towing with this beast tops out at 10,000 pounds, with the proper equipment, while mileage figures are unavailable, but likely pretty short.