Formerly known as the Econoline, the 2012 Ford E-Series Wagon has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and still remains a preferred choice for those who tend to transport high volumes of cargo and passengers. For 2012, the E-series remains unchanged, and received its last makeover in 2008 and 2009, and although this van is not going to win any beauty contests, it still possesses its youthful vigor. The exterior of the E-Series was last updated in 2008 with a front end similar to Ford's F-Series super duty, while the interior was graced with a new dash in 2009. The 2012 E-Series wagon is still miles away from being class leading, but still manages to remain in the game with its fierce rivals - Dodge, GMC and Chevrolet. Ford had definitely improvised on its workhorse over the years, and if you are seeking a truck exclusive for its towing capabilities, then this is your best bet.
With the ability to haul over 10,000 lbs, the 2012 E-Series offers 300 lbs more than its competitors, the GMC Savana and the Chevrolet Express. Ford's innovative "Work Solutions" computer system appoints the vehicle with an in dash computer complete with internet access, fleet and tool tracking, making it easier for businesses to dispatch and manage multiple vehicles. If you desperately need the cargo space and towing capacity at the cost of a guzzler, then the E-Series Wagon is a great choice, but if you can live without, a full size minivan or SUV will offer a better driving experience. Apart from being the best selling full size van for a few decades, the E-Series isn't perfect and has rivals that still manage to keep the once stagnant full size van market rolling.
Unlike the 2012 Ford E-series wagon, the GMC Savana and the Express by Chevrolet offer side airbags and all-wheel drive, which is lacking even as an optional feature. The Dodge Sprinter now the Mercedes Sprinter offers more cargo room with its "high roof" option and comes equipped with a standard diesel powered engine, but falls short in terms of towing capabilities with a maximum of 5000 lbs, and not to mention the base price is $10, 000 more than the entry level 2012 Ford E-Series wagon. If you're simply a Ford loyalist, then the much smaller 2012 Transit Connect is an astute alternative, which can facilitate 5 passengers and is great on gas.