Vastly improved drivability; highly customizable; capable engines with fuel-efficient turbodiesel option; modern look and feel
Price can escalate quickly
The 2015 Transit is an all-new model.
Our eye's on the diesel-powered Transit, though we wouldn't mind the EcoBoost model, either. This Ford is one to watch. Find a Ford Transit for sale
The Transit is offered in three main trim levels: cargo van, XL wagon and XLT wagon. Note that the wagons are available in 8-passenger, 12-passenger and 15-passenger configurations.
The cargo van ($30,560), offered with either single or dual rear wheels, starts with 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, power mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, power windows and locks, front air conditioning and a 2-speaker AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary input jack.
The XL wagon ($33,095) adds standard 8-passenger seating, tinted windows all around, front foot-well illumination, a full-length cloth headliner and six audio speakers. The 12- and 15-passenger versions also get rear air conditioning.
The XLT wagon ($34,595) steps up to a chrome grille surround, silver wheel covers, automatic chrome-trimmed headlights, rain-sensing wipers, adjustable driver lumbar support, full-floor carpeting, a rear dome lamp with theater dimming, reclining rear seats and an upgraded 8-speaker CD audio system.
As usual for a full-size van, these trim levels are just the beginning. In addition to the two available wheelbase lengths, you can choose from three different roof heights depending on what your parking parameters allow. You can even order the Transit as a cutaway or chassis cab if you so desire -- these models are generally equipped like the cargo van.
There are also numerous options to consider, highlighted by long-arm exterior mirrors, 16-in alloy wheels, Crew Chief commercial telematics, cruise control, power front seats, leather upholstery, a rearview camera with trailer hitch assist, rear parking sensors, a keyless entry pad, satellite radio, the SYNC voice-command system and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with a 6-in color touchscreen, a navigation system and steering-wheel-mounted controls.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- If you're thinking the legendary Sprinter must be prohibitively expensive, check the pricing. You may be pleasantly surprised. In terms of brute force, however, no Sprinter can match the Transit EcoBoost.
RAM Promaster -- Cargo-only to start, with a passenger wagon waiting in the wings for 2015, the FIAT-derived Promaster is similar in concept to the Transit. See if the oddly angled steering wheel is to your liking.