2021 Ford E-Series Cutaway — Despite what fortune cookies and free-spirited hipsters might lead you on to believe, work, at its core, is still work. Effort and energy are going to be required to do what needs to be done, and at the end of a work-laden day, you’re going to be tired, but hopefully feeling accomplished. But no matter what your avocation is in life, whether that is an ambulance driver, electrician, school bus driver, or plumber, the work itself might be exhausting, but that doesn’t mean every aspect of your day has to be that way too. The Ford E-Series Cutaway has been specifically designed to help make your work day as painless as it can be, at least going to and from the job site.
The Ford E-Series Cutaway is available in three variations: The first is the E-350 single-rear-wheel cutaway which Ford says can be used for a, “wide range of commercial and recreational applications”. The single-rear-wheel has a max Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,050 pounds. Next up is the E-350 dual-rear-wheel cutaway, which as you might imagine, bumps up that GVWR from anywhere between 11,500-12,500 pounds depending on specific options chosen. The dual-rear-wheel gets a max payload rating of a 7,210 pounds, which is a number that can vary depending on what else the truck is outfitted with, but either way, it’s probably going to be enough. However, if by chance that payload capacity isn’t enough, the third choice for the E-Series Cutaway is the E-450 dual-rear-wheel cutaway, which takes the E-Series’ already impressive hauling abilities and ratchets them u[p another few notches. The E-450 pumps up the payload rating to a whopping 8,980 pounds, along with a GVWR of 14,500 pounds and has a Gross Combined Weight Rating of 22,000 pounds.
Whatever version of the Ford E-Series Cutaway you choose, you get the choice of two versions of the same engine. The 7.3-liter V8 is a monster in either trim, but if you opt for the premium version, you get an engine that produces an incredible 350-horsepower at 3,900 rpm and a monstrous 468 pound-feet of torque also at that same 3,900 rpm. Check off the economy-tune version and you get a more fuel efficient engine that produces a slightly less impressive 300-horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. Whichever engine you want, you will be getting the exact same TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission that is actually built by Ford itself. Ford highlights when in Tow/Haul mode, the transmission delays upshifts in response to the grade and condition of the road to help maintain power and control.
The Ford E-Series Cutaway doesn’t just rely on a smart transmission to help protect its driver and passengers. There is a laundry-list of safety features to help keep everyone safe. Adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, post-collision braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, distance alert, automatic emergency braking, hill start assist, and of course traction control and electronic stability control all are available options to give you a little more peace of mind during your hectic work day.
Inside the 2021 version of the Ford E-Series gives us a redesigned dashboard with a large tach and speedometer as well as a ton of useful info like average fuel economy, miles traveled, miles-till-empty, oil life engine hours and idle engine hours all easily accessible with the touch of a button. The steering wheel provides controls to just about everything within thumb’s reach, and the tilt/telescoping steering column helps make things comfortable. Bluetooth radio as well as dual USB ports allow you to stay connected and entertained with everything your smart phone has to offer. The computerized features aren’t just used for music either, thanks to the new programmable upfitter interface module (UIM) that allows you to connect to a laptop and then connect all sorts of equipment to CAN buses or set up switches to operate any number of potential aftermarket equipment parts.
The Ford E-Series cutaway starts at just $33,265 for the single-rear-wheel E-350, $33,515 for the E-350 dual-rear wheel, and $35,740 for the E-450 dual-rear wheel setup. So no matter what you chosen source of work, Ford has an E-Series that can help make you better at it. Although work will always be work, thanks to the E-Series, getting to and from that work doesn’t also need to be work too.