If you're a business owner and need a dedicated hauler or an entire fleet of them, Ford has you covered. But do you need something big and brawny or nimble and quick? In this comparison guide, we'll look at the Ford E-Series Cutaway and the Ford Transit Cutaway. Why Cutaways? We like them for how infinitely customizable they are. Depending on your line of work, you can make yours as an ambulance, buses, recreational vehicle, cargo van, dump truck, moving truck, utility wagon, delivery van, and so much more. This guide isn't about which is better necessarily between the E-Series and the Transit. This guide is about which is better for you and your business.
Power and Acceleration: 2018 Ford E-Series Cutaway
The Ford E-series boasts a standard 6.8-liter Triton V-10 engine that delivers 305 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. That's best in its class. If you prefer, there's also the available 6.2-liter flex-fuel V-8 engine, generating 331 horsepower and 356 lb.-ft. of torque. This alternative optimizes power for more even distribution. Both engines are teamed with the proven, durable Ford-built TorqShift® 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford Transit Connect offers a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers responsive performance with 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Obviously, the Ford E-Series delivers more power, but also more to move. We find both engines matched to the size and function of the vehicles that house them. Your choice depends on how much you need to haul, which brings us to our next comparison.
Payload, Towing, and GVWR: 2018 Ford E-Series
Payload refers to how much weight a vehicle can carry in terms of passengers and cargo while GVWR stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and refers to the combined weight of the vehicle and any expected passengers or cargo. GVWR designates the class of vehicle. Anything over 8,500 pounds is considered a commercial vehicle and subject to certain road laws and restrictions.
The 2018 Ford E-Series Cutaway boasts a payload capacity of up to 9,900 pounds and a GVWR of 22,000 pounds. That means when fully loaded, the E-series qualifies as a commercial vehicle. This Ford also is rated to tow up to 10,000 pounds. Clearly, the E-Series is built for big jobs and large loads, whether that's a busload of people or a utility truck full of gear.
Meanwhile, the 2018 Ford Transit Cutaway offers a payload capacity of up to 5,990 pounds. And the Transit ranges from a 9,000-pound GVWR for the single rear wheel option to 10,360 with the dual rear wheel. Finally, the Transit boasts a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. As it turns out, the Ford E-Series is the more powerful of the two options, but the Ford Transit Connect is no lightweight. Unless fully loaded, the Transit probably won't be considered a commercial vehicle or laws regarding such.
In your final consideration, what kind of load to you need to haul or two? How much power do you need to summon on a regular basis? Weighing your needs will help you figure out whether the 2018 Ford E-Series or the Ford Transit Connect will best suit your needs.