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Built Ford Tough: Selecting the Right Commercial Vehicle

Are you in the market for a commercial vehicle but aren’t sure where to look? How do you ensure the vehicle meets all your needs? Fortunately, Ford makes the process incredibly easy with its lineup of commercial vehicles. From the Transit Cargo Van to the E-Series Cutaway, the models can be upfitted as shuttles, school buses, ambulances, RVs, motorhomes, and more. While you can certainly learn more about these options at your Ford commercial vehicle dealer, here’s a brief overview of Ford’s lineup of commercial vehicles.

2020 Transit Cargo Van

Ford’s Transit Cargo Van has been one of the best-selling commercial vehicles in America for the last 35 years. The Transit comes in four trim packages—Cargo Van ($34,510), Crew Van ($36,720), Passenger Van XL ($40,180), and the Passenger Van XLT ($42,060). The Transit is designed for a variety of uses with an available long wheelbase as well as an extended length model with low, medium, and high roof configurations. The van also offers the Co-Pilot360 Technology suite, which includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, and Trailer Coverage.

2020 Transit Connect

The Transit Connect Cargo Van is a smaller version of the Transit and is ideal for vocational workers such as electricians and plumbers who need to haul tools and supplies. The van provides seating for two with a configurable interior cab that can house a variety of storage options or additional seating. What’s even better is that business owners can advertise their services by transforming the van into a mobile business card using exterior graphics that feature their business name, logo, and contact information.

These features are available on the Connect’s four trim packages starting with the XL Cargo Van that’s priced at $24,275. From there, the trims include the XLT Cargo Van ($26,700), the XL Passenger Wagon ($27,020), the XLT Passenger Wagon ($29,135), and the Titanium Passenger Wagon ($32,250). The Passenger Wagon is the most popular of the Connect models and offers seating for seven with flat-folding second and third rows and dual sliding doors. Like the Transit, the Connect also features Ford’s Co-Pilot360 Technology in addition to offering an available Forward and Reverse Sensing System that alerts drivers of obstacles when in drive or reverse.

2020 Transit CC-CA

Ford enhanced their commercial lineup with the 2020 Transit Cutaway and Chassis Cab that gives drivers more options for customization. The Transit Chassis comes in two models—the 2020 Transit Cutaway ($30,635) and the 2020 Transit Chassis Cab ($31,205). The models come standard with an all-new 3.5-liter PFDI V6 engine that enhances performance by offering two injectors per cylinder to deliver 275 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. For drivers looking for more power, Ford offers a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

One of the key selling points of the CC-CA is that the models can be configured in multiple ways. For example, the Transit Cutaway can be configured as an ambulance, shuttle bus, or motorhome, depending on the prep package. The ambulance package includes everything needed to convert the cutaway into an ambulance, including the appropriate axles, wiring system, batteries, alternator, and fuses. The motorhome package includes cruise control, an audio pack with SYNC 3 technology, a modified wiring system and fuses, and a tow-haul mode for trailering.

A black 2021 Ford E-Series cutaway van is parked in a brick garage.

2021 E-Series Cutaway

The E-Series Cutaway is also one of Ford’s most popular commercial vehicles, with over 2.7 million still on the road today. The 2021 E-Series comes in three options—the E-350 Single-Rear-Wheel ($33,265), the E-350 Dual-Rear-Wheel ($33,515), or the E-450 Dual-Rear-Wheel ($35,740). Ford made vast improvements to the 2021 models with the introduction of the 7.3-liter V8 premium engine that boosts the cutaway’s performance by delivering a torque rating of 468 lb-ft. The other powertrain option is the 7.3-liter V8 Economy-Tune engine that generates 425 lb-ft of torque. Like the Transit CC-CA, the E-Series features similar prep packages that upfit the vehicle as an ambulance, motorhome, shuttle bus, passenger van, or school bus.

2020 Super Duty Pickup

You’ve likely heard of the Super Duty lineup of trucks, but did you know that the Super Duty also comes in commercial models? The commercial line offers three powertrain options—the 7.3-liter OHV PFI Gas V8 engine, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel engine, or the 6.2-liter Flex Fuel Gas V8 engine. These powertrain options give the Super Duty the power to haul heavy loads across every trim that spans the F-250, 350, and 450 models: the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited.

2020 Super Duty Chassis Cab

The 2020 Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab offers the best of both worlds, from the sturdy chassis to the power, performance, and comfort of the Super Duty cab. Designed for upfitting to meet a variety of needs, the 2020 model features the all-new 7.3-liter V8 engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission under the hood. Also new for 2020 models are advanced technology and safety features like SYNC 3, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, and Audible Lane Departure Warning. What’s even more impressive is the Super Duty F-600’s capability with a best-in-class payload of 15,090 lbs. and a maximum towing capacity of 22,000 lbs.

Three white Ford Commercial vehicles are lined up in an empty lot, two of which are 2021 Ford F-650s and a F-750.

2021 F-650 and F-750

Named Work Truck Magazine’s Medium-Duty Truck of the Year in 2020, the F-650 is a rugged workhorse that Ford says is “hard working from the inside out.” The F-650 is available in the SD Gas Pro Loader ($59,810), the SD Diesel Pro Loader ($69,055), SD Gas Straight Frame ($59,125), SD Diesel Straight Frame ($68,370), and the SD Diesel Tractor ($72,440). The F-750 is available in the SD Gas Straight Frame ($61,700), SD Diesel Straight Frame ($70,945), and the SD Diesel Tractor ($74,330).

Both the F-650 and F-750 come with two powertrain options—the 7.3-liter V8 that produces 468 lb-ft of torque and 350 horsepower or the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel that offers three power ratings. The diesel’s ratings provide anywhere between 270 and 330 horsepower and 700 to 750 lb-ft of torque. The engines are paired with Ford’s new TorqShift HD 6-speed automatic transmission that features Live-Drive Power Takeoff (PTO) that allows the truck’s accessories to move whether or not the vehicle is in motion. For example, an F-750 dump truck will utilize the PTO to dump a load of dirt while the truck moves in reverse.

2020-2021 Stripped Chassis

Ford’s final commercial option is the 2020-2021 Stripped Chassis that offers the utmost in customization with five wheelbase options (158, 168, 178, 190, and 208-in) and weights ranging from 16,000 to 22,000 lbs. The models also include a 7.3-liter PFI V8 gasoline engine and the 6-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. Choose between the 2020 F-59 Commercial Stripped Chassis, 2020 F-53 Motorhome Stripped Chassis, 2021 E-350 Stripped Chassis, or the 2021 E-450 Stripped Chassis.

Ford’s Commercial Vehicle Center

If you’re in the market for a commercial vehicle, Ford has you covered. There are over 650 dealers nationwide who are part of Ford’s commercial vehicle dealer program. The teams are specially trained to sell, finance, and service Ford’s entire lineup of commercial vehicles. Give your business the best tools possible with a Ford commercial vehicle.

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