Ford Vans

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While it’s a well-known household brand throughout America today, Ford initially established a significant standing for itself within the commercial and fleet sectors with its scope of E-Series Ford vans. From 1960 to 2014, the automaker proffered the E150 Econoline range of best-selling full-size utility vans in the USA. In 2015, the E-Series was replaced by the Transit and Connect nameplates, the very same workhorses we see hauling people and cargo about on the streets at present.

Unfortunately, the Blue Oval doesn't produce any form of the family minivan, so those looking for a family transport may be better off looking at an SUV such as the Explorer. Small business owners and fleet managers alike, however, would otherwise do well to buy one of these work carts, new or used. And considering the wide variety that there are for sale, like the boundless shades of the color white, there has to be something for everyone.

Ford Van Models

  1. Transit
    • Cargo - One of America’s best selling full-size commercial vehicles today comes bearing a burly 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 with an even more powerful 3.5L twin-turbo V6 optional, joined later in 2020 by a 2.0L bi-turbo diesel. With an array of configurations provided, vehicle dimensions and capabilities vary vastly between trims. Maximum payloads span from 3,060-4,550 pounds, towing capacities between 4,900-6,800 lbs, and cargo bay room between 246.7 and 487.3 cubic feet.
    • Passenger - The people-moving version comes with the same selection of engines as the stuff-hauling variant, however, it can be configured as a 15 seater passenger van with eight, ten, and 12-passenger layouts optional, too. At the back, there’s 39.1 to 100.5 cubes of space depending on the layout. It takes up to 3,420 lbs of onboard goods and up to 4,400 lbs in heave.
    • Crew - A relatively new addition to the automaker’s catalog, the flexible carrier gets the same powertrain selection as its counterparts but straddles them in terms of seating. As standard, it accommodates a total of five crewmen and offers an utmost pulling potential of 4,400 to 6,300 lbs.
  2. Transit Connect
    • Cargo - With 104.8 cubes in the hold of the short-wheelbase and 127.4 in the extended-wheelbase’, there’s a lot this carrier can schlep, up to 1,570 pounds in LWB form. It’s propelled by a 2.0-liter inline-four motor with which it pulls up to 2,000 lbs. A 2.5L four-cylinder is exclusively available for fleet buyers, too. With its euro styling, it’s also one of the better-looking service motors, on the streets, in photos, and in videos and company commercials.
    • Passenger Wagon - A subcompact take on the traditional minivan, this somewhat family-centered coach supplies places for up to seven occupants. Under the hood are the same mills as in the stuff-hauling version, which here, avails the coach with a 1,350-pound carrying limit and 2,000 lbs draw capability. Behind the rear seats is 16.3 cu.-ft. of storage space.

Comprehensive reviews and images of the manufacture’s automobile roster can be found on the CarBuzz website. Unfortunately, the few turbo-diesel powertrains the manufacturer once offered within its utility range, have all been discontinued.

Ford Van Models, Specifications, and Prices

Model Power Engine Base Price
Ford Econoline Cargo Van 225 hp 4.6L V8 Gas $28,600
Ford Transit Passenger Van 275 hp 3.5L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV) $46,645
Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van 162 hp 2.0L Inline-4 Gas $29,365
Ford Econoline Passenger Van 225 hp 4.6L V8 Gas $30,230
Ford Transit Crew Van 275 hp 3.5L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV) $42,335
Ford Transit Cargo Van 275 hp 3.5L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV) $39,970
Ford E-Transit Cargo Van 266 hp Electric $46,295
Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon 162 hp 2.0L Inline-4 Gas $31,860

Advantages and Disadvantages

There’s an obvious array of upsides to owning a full-size utility auto but with most of these workhorses being rudimentary builds, there will be some downsides too.


  • Extensive powertrain and body conversions allow for versatile applications
  • Decent maximum payload and towing capacities proffer high practicality
  • Their rudimentary standard features keep their costs low and prices relatively affordable


  • Interiors are not as luxurious or featureful as those of premium-level competitors
  • Large autos are difficult to drive and maneuver because of their weight and size
  • Unclear safety and reliability ratings are typical for the class due to low sales

FAQs about Ford Vans

What are the more common configurations supplied for vans?

These vehicles can usually be had with varying body lengths, wheelbase lengths, and roof heights. Width is, however, usually fixed to abide by road regulations.

What Ford van provides the highest max payload capacity?

The Transit Cargo, when properly configured, will carry up to 4,550 pounds of goods.

Can any Ford van be bought with a diesel engine?

Only the large Transit, which will also be optional with a 4x4 system, will be equipable with a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine late in 2020 as well.

Detailed information on all Ford products can be found under the reviews section of our website.

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