2012 Ford E Series
2012 Ford E Series Interior
This interior review was written when the 2012 Ford E Series was new.
The interior of the Ford E-Series is as basic as any other work van, but it can be outfitted as a high-tech work station. While competitors from GM offer few features beyond a stereo, the E-Series has optional navigation, a DVD player and Ford's SYNC system. For work-oriented buyers, Ford's Work Solutions system, which includes an in-van computer with Internet access and a tool tracking system, gets high marks.
- "In an attempt to make the 2012 E-Series van as user-friendly as possible, Ford has paid special attention to the areas most frequented by passengers. For example, the van's door handles are placed down low for easy access, and the there is a two-step tier at the base of the sliding side door making entry and exit less of a hike.” -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Interior is workman-like. Most surfaces are made of budget-grade plastic.” -- Consumer Guide
If you need to haul a crowd, the Ford E-Series Wagon has you covered, though your passengers likely won’t feel like they’re riding in the lap of luxury. Regular-length E-Series Wagon models can carry up to 12 people and extended-length models can handle up to 15. The E-150 Wagon can only seat eight people. These numbers are on par for the class, but while the competition only offers bench seats behind the front row, the E-Series has optional bucket seats for the second row. That decreases its seating capacity, but the extra comfort may be worth it.
Cargo Van models come with standard seating for two, but again, the E-Series offers something that most competitors don’t: an optional second-row bench seat in cargo models. Opting for the additional (and removable) row doesn't hurt cargo volume too much, and it means that you can transport an entire work crew in one vehicle.
For the most part, reviewers say the E-Series’ seats are adequate, though a few complain that the rear rows are cramped.
- "The front row has indifferent seats yet ample space. … All riders sit high yet have good headroom, but not that much legroom. Entry and exit are easy to 2nd row, but tight and tricky to 3rd, 4th, and 5th rows.” -- Consumer Guide
- "The E-Series' front captain's-chair seating is firm and supportive, but the bench-style rear seats are a throwback to a time when comfort and head restraints were not a primary concern.” -- Kelley Blue Book
Like most work and passenger vans, the number of interior features the base Ford E-Series has is modest at best. Air conditioning is about the only standard feature, but that's common throughout the class. Plus, the E-series offers optional features like navigation, Ford's SYNC infotainment system and a DVD player. The navigation system even includes real-time traffic info and fuel prices.
For businesses, the options step up a notch with Ford Work Solutions. This system incorporates an Internet-connected computer that can track invoices. You can even hook a printer up to it. The system also includes a fleet management system, which allows crew chiefs to track other vehicles in their fleet. Having the exact location of a van can aid in dispatching, saving time and fuel. The system also includes vehicle diagnostics. Finally, the popular tool management system, which is a staple of Ford's trucks, is available on the E-Series. The system uses radio frequency tags attached to tools and materials so the E-Series let you know when a tool is missing.
These features are well ahead of what Chevrolet and GMC are offering in their work vans. However, they can be expensive add-ons, and the E-Series already sports a starting price that's almost $2,000 more than the Chevy Express and GMC Savana. If you don't care about the business technology, you can save some money by choosing these more basic vans from GM.
- "Old-school big-truck design, but clear and convenient.” -- Consumer Guide (on the dash)
- "Don't expect too much in the way of captivating design with the 2012 E-Series Cargo. Function definitely takes a priority over form inside, with blocky, industrial shapes dominating the dash and hard plastics far outnumbering padded surfaces.” -- Edmunds
- "It's hard to make a dashboard as vast as that of the 2012 Ford E-Series van simple and easy to operate, but Ford has done a pretty good job. Most of the vital switch gear is clustered as close to the driver as possible, but the radio and auxiliary input jack remains a bit of a reach.” -- Kelley Blue Book
The cargo space in the Ford E-Series is on par with most of the class. The E-Series can hold up to 237.8 cubic feet of cargo in regular-length and cargo Van models, and up to 278.3 cubic feet of cargo in extended wheelbase cargo models. See the full list of 2012 Ford E-Series specs.
The E-Series can hold about 100 more cubic feet of cargo than the Ford Transit Connect, and is comparable with the Chevy Express and GMC Savana. No van in the class, however, can match the massive 547 cubic feet of cargo space in the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, but the Sprinter is by far the most expensive van in the class.
The Ford E-Series can be outfitted with handy (and customized) cargo management systems to store and transport tools and supplies. Reviewers say these systems are helpful, but they aren’t unique to the class.
- "Cargo space is adequate to ample behind the rearmost seat in either body length and cavernous with the seats removed, though that requires tedious wrench work and none of the seats fold for cargo.” -- Consumer Guide