2011 Ford Transit Connect Van
Benefits of Driving a 2011 Ford Transit Connect Van
Tremendous cargo space in a compact, economical vehicle is the main selling point for the Transit Connect. Ford says that it has more than double the cargo-carrying space of the Chevy HHR Panel van, and its short 180-inch length should make it nearly as easy to park as a small car. Low operating costs are a strong reason to consider the Transit Connect, as it has fuel economy ratings of up to 26 mpg and has long--for a commercial vehicle--maintenance intervals of 7,500 miles.
What's new for 2011?
The Ford Transit Connect is a compact commercial van model. Its smaller size and car-like driving feel are aimed squarely at small-business users. Although the Transit Connect has been sold in Europe for years, it's a relatively new model to the U.S. market, and it's quite unlike anything else sold in the U.S. Late in the 2010 calendar year will see the addition of an all-electric version, which uses a Siemens-built 300V 3-phase electric motor and a 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack, giving a range of 80 miles with a top speed of 75 mph. Parking assist is now an option, and gasoline versions have been given updated fuel economy figures: 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, as compared to 2010's 22 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
- Interior space
- cargo-carrying ability
- manageable size
- frugal price and good fuel economy
The front-wheel-drive Transit Connect is powered by a 136-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, hooked up to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The model gets a low 4.20:1 final-drive ratio to aid hauling ability, yet it still carries respectable 21 mpg city, 26 highway fuel economy ratings.