What Changed for 2009:
- Minor changes for the 2009 model year
- E85-compatible engines
- Wider-opening rear doors
- Customizable auxiliary switches
- Additional storage in the door panels
- Upgraded front seats
- Available navigation system
's E-Series full-size van has been the best-selling full-size van in the U.S. since 1980, according to the automaker. The 2008 model year marked the first major alteration to the E-Series since 1992, and only the fifth major revision since Ford introduced its first flat-nose van nearly 50 years ago. After a significant refreshening for the 2008 model year
, Ford has only made minor changes for 2009.
The 2009 Ford E-Series van features a Super Duty-like nose that offers bold styling while increasing airflow to the engine, according to the company. Thoroughly updated for 2008, the automaker kept most of the standard sheetmetal, including doors and seat mounting points, unchanged. This was a move designed to save third-party companies that use the E-Series cutaway as a base for everything from ambulances to Class C RVs the cost of major re-tooling, the company claims. Suspension, steering and braking changes last year also improved the E-Series' ride, Ford says, while increasing the carrying capacities of its heavy-duty version.Model Lineup
Ford offers the 2009 E-Series van in several configurations. Passenger versions are available in E-150 and E-350 Super Duty (SD) form, with higher numbers denoting higher carrying capacities, as well as the extended-length (15-passenger) E-350 SE. Cargo vans come in E-150, E-250 SD, and E-350 SD forms as well as extended-length E-250 SE and E-350 SE. Ford also makes cutaway chassis versions of the E-350 and E-450 with varying wheelbases and single- or dual-rear-wheel configurations.
Passenger vans come in XL and XLT trim levels. The XL includes front air conditioning, AM/FM radio, and vinyl seats and floor covering. An interior upgrade package adds cloth seats and carpeting, power windows and locks, better sound insulation, and improved interior trim. The XLT includes cloth seats and carpeting, CD player, power mirrors/windows/locks, and cruise control. The XLT Premium package includes front and rear leather captain's chairs, power driver's seat, remote keyless entry, alloy wheels, and running boards. The 2009 E-Series is also offered with an optional navigation system and trip computer.Powertrain
The base engine for the 2009 Ford E-150 and E-250 is a 4.6-liter V-8 that puts out 225 hp at 4800 rpm and 286 lb.-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm. It comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission. A 5.4-liter V-8 engine (255 hp at 4500 rpm, 350 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500 rpm) with either a 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission is optional on E-150 and E-250 and standard on E-350 and E-450. New for 2009, both the 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V-8 engines are now able to run on unleaded gasoline or E85 ethanol. The E-350 and E-450 offer Ford's 6.8-liter Triton V-10 engine, which puts out 305 hp at 4250 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 3250 rpm, and comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission.Safety
All 2009-model Ford E-Series vans come with driver and passenger front air bags and anti-lock brakes, while E-350 passenger models with the 5.4-liter V-8 engine get Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system with Roll Stability Control (RSC). E-Series vans without AdvanceTrac get an engine-only traction control system, or EOTC.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
) has not subjected the 2009 Ford E-Series to either frontal- or side-impact crash tests. However, both E-150 and 15-passenger E-350 models were subjected to the government's rollover test. The E-150 received 3 stars (out of 5), while the E-350 received a 2-star rating. The Ford E-Series has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
The engine-only traction control (EOTC) system in the 2009 Ford E-Series models that are not equipped with AdvanceTrac with RSC uses the anti-lock brake sensors to detect wheel spin. While typical traction control systems use a combination of braking individual wheels and reducing engine torque to quell wheel spin, the EOTC system uses reduced engine torque exclusively. This simplifies the system, Ford says, and reduces brake wear while making for a more seamless driving experience.
Available Trims for the 2009 Ford E-250 Van
||4 speed automatic
|| 225-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl
||4 speed automatic
|| 225-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl