Ch-Ch-Changes: 2009 Ford E-Series


Competes with: Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana

Looks like: Ford needed to get rid of some chrome

Drivetrain: 225-hp, 4.6-liter V-8; 235-hp, 6.0-liter diesel V-8; 255-hp, 5.4-liter V-8; or 305-hp, 6.8-liter V-10 with four- or five-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: August 2008

Ford has announced changes to its full-size E-Series van, and they're mostly centered on the interior. The dash and instrument panel have been revised, there's more storage space, and a navigation system with a 6.5-inch touch-screen is newly available. The automaker's new Work Solutions system is also available.

Ford Work Solutions gives owners more resources at their fingertips thanks to a built-in computer system that can have wireless internet, the ability to track equipment that's onboard the van at any given moment, and a special lock system to prevent tools from being stolen.

The E-Series also gains new safety features, like an available backup camera that projects an image of what's behind the van on the navigation screen. You can get the camera even if you don't opt for the navigation system. In that case, a smaller image is displayed in the rearview mirror. Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control is now standard on all E-Series wagons and recreational vans and optional on gas-powered commercial vans.



Senior Editor Mike Hanley is a father of three boys; he reviews new cars, admires classic cars and has embraced the minivan lifestyle.  Email Mike

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