The Ford E-Series dates back to the 1961 model year, when Ford released the Econoline van lineup. Just eight years later, the "E" designation took hold, as the E-100, E-200 and E-300 series of Econolines made their debut. Coming into the 2013 model year, the E-150 is available in either a commercial van or a passenger van, which is known as the Wagon.
The 2013 E-150 van comes in four trim levels: Commercial Cargo Van, Commercial Cargo Van Extended, XL Wagon and XLT Wagon. The two commercial cargo van trims are utilitarian vans that are designed to haul a pair of workers up front and a plenty of cargo in the rear. The XL Wagon adds in a set of seats in the rear, but not much more than that over top of the Cargo Vans. The XLT trim level, on the other hand, adds in cloth-trimmed seats, premium audio system and other trimmings that make it more family friendly. On top of the XLT’s already comfortable inside, it is also available with the XLT Premium package, which adds in running boards, keyless entry, tinted windows, 16-by-7-inch aluminum wheels, SiriusXM radio, Ford Sync, quad captain’s and a power driver’s seat.
The E-150 Commercial Cargo Van Extended basically just takes the base Cargo Van and adds in some extra space. On the outside, the Cargo Van Extended trim level carries all of the same features as the Cargo Van, but it is 19.7 inches longer. Just like the outside, the Cargo Van Extended has the same features as the Cargo Van on the inside, but it has 278.3 cubic-feet of cargo room compared to the Cargo Van’s 237.8 cubic-feet, which allows you to load up even more tools to take to a job site.
The XL trim level is the base model for the E-150 lineup of full-size passenger vans and it offers the basics that any large family would need from a van while maintaining an affordable price. On the outside, it remains very simple with its black grille and bumpers, aero mirrors, four-wheel ABS, halogen sealed-beam headlights and 16-by-7-inch steel wheels with hubcaps. On the inside, the E-150 XL retains its simplicity with only basic amenities, like front A/C, coat hooks, vinyl flooring, center console, tilt steering, AM/FM radio with aux-in jack, and eight-passenger vinyl seating.
The XLT trim level spices up the E-150 a little bit, making it less utilitarian and more family friendly. On the outside it adds in chrome bumpers and grille for extra style, powered aero mirrors to help make adjusting the mirrors a cinch. On the inside the XLT continues adding in small touches, like the ability to keep the rear passengers comfortable with its rear A/C system. It also adds in full-length carpeting and floor mats, and cloth seats to eliminate the cheap vinyl look and feel. Convenience also becomes a part of the XLT trim level with the addition of power windows and door locks, as well as the introduction of cruise control. Lastly, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with aux-in jack comes standard on the XLT.
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