2006 Ford Econoline Wagon Van E-150 Chateau 3dr Van (4.6L 8cyl 4A)
This is our all-purpose family vehicle. It is used to haul kids, grandparents, get groceries, and long distance trips. The Chateu is loaded with all the amenities. It fill the same size parking space as a SUV, but has much more room inside. You are actually able to get out of the drivers seat, and unbuckle and put coats on the kids, grab a stroller from the back all without getting outside in the rain. If you ever buy a piece of furniture or an appliance, you can put it inside without any crazy rentals or tiedowns. The seats have real armrests, and the visibility is better than any SUV. We will NEVER downsize to a minivan after this. Everyone says its to big, then asks to borrow it later!
This is a true ford truck underneath. A strong safe frame, easy to work on, and easy to find parts. The insurance is cheap, and pound for pound the most roomy vehicle you can get for the money. The side slider door is great for tight spaces.
Dealers should stock these, rather than tacky conversion models. It's almost a secret that these are available to order. Any next-gen hybrid or diesel truck line should include a econoline body on top. The transit is not a substitute.