Differences Between the E-150 and the E-350
By Rob Wagner
, last updated March 13, 2012
The Ford E-150 and E-350 vans are full-size vehicles generally used for commercial purposes or as multi-passenger transportation. The E-series vans use the F-series pickup truck frame and most components. The primary difference between the two models is size. The E-150 is a half-ton model while the E-350 is the one-ton version. Each model is equipped with a different engine and has different towing capacities.
Buyers can order 2012 Ford E-150 in the XL, XLT and XLT Premium trims, and the E-350 in XL, XLT, XLT Extended and XLT Premium trim levels. The extended version adds 20 inches to the vans overall body length. Prices for the 2012 E-150s range from about $26,500 to $31,200 while E-350s ranges from about $30,500 to $35,600.
The base engine for the E-150 version is a 4.6-liter V-8 with the 5.4-liter V-8 available as an option. The base engine on the E-350 is the 5.4-liter V-8, but buyers may order the optional 6.8-liter V-10. The 4.6-liter engine generates 225 horsepower and 286 foot-pounds of torque. It earns 9 mpg in city driving and 12 mpg on highway driving. The 5.4-liter V-8 delivers the same horsepower as the 4.6-liter, but it provides 350 foot-pounds of torque. It matches the 4.6-liter in gas mileage. The E-350 is available with two 6.8-liter Triton V-10 options: one with three valves per cylinder and one with two valves per cylinder. The three-valve version generates 310 horsepower and 475 foot-pounds of torque. The two-valve version with no power-improved heads provides 275 horsepower and 425 foot-pounds of torque, and the two-valve engine with power-improved heads wields 310 horsepower and 425 foot-pounds of torque. The V-10 earns about 11 mpg in an urban environment and 15 mpg on the open road.
Chassis and Capacities
All-wheel ventilated disc brakes, electronic traction control and Ford’s AdvanceTrac with RSC stability control are standard on all E-series models. Also standard on all models are independent front suspension with coil springs and a rigid rear beam system with leave springs in the rear. The E-150 and E-350 come with a 3.730-to-1 or 4-to-1 rear axle ratio. The E-150 with a 3.73-to-1 axle ratio and 4.6-liter V-8 has an 11,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating and a 12,000-pound GVWR with the 4-to-1 axle ratio. Its towing capacity is 5,600 pounds and 6,100 pounds respectively. E-eries vans equipped with the 5.4-liter V-8 have a 12,000-pound GVWR with a 7,000-pound towing capacity. The V-10 gives the E-350 a GVWR of 15,000 pounds with the 3.73-to-1 axle ratio and 18,500-pound GVWR with the 4-to-1 version. Towing capacities are 8,500 pounds and 10,000 pounds respectively.
All 2012 E-150 vans sit on a 138-inch wheelbase and measure 216.7 inches long. They are 79.4 inches wide and 82.4 inches tall. Curbside weight ratings range from about 5,200 pounds to 5,680 pounds depending on options and equipment. The fuel tank holds 33 gallons. The E-350 has the same dimensions, although it stands 1 inch taller than the E-150. The extended version measures 236.7 inches long.