Civilized driving experience; highly customizable; capable engines with fuel-efficient turbodiesel option; modern look and feel
Price can escalate quickly
A rearview camera joins the list of standard equipment, along with a trailer hitch assist feature. The options list now includes dual sliding side doors and the new, more user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system replacing MyFord Touch (which was never that popular).
Equipping the van for specific tasks (known as upfitting) often requires upgrading the electrical system. With this in mind, Ford offers a single absorbent glass mat battery and auxiliary fuse panels as options. See the 2016 Ford Transit models for sale near you
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The 2016 Ford Transit is available as a regular panel van or in wagon forms with seating for eight to 15 occupants.
It comes with a 129.9-inch or 147.6-in wheelbase. The latter can also offer an extended body length. Then there's the choice of a low roof (83.6 inches) or medium-height roof (100.8 inches); the two longer versions offer medium or high (110.1 inches) roofs. With the high roof, a 6-footer can easily stand up inside. In the largest version, total cargo volume is 487.3 cu ft. Maximum payload is 4,650 pounds, and maximum towing capacity is 7,500 pounds.
Those numbers on the back doors -- 150, 250, 350 and 350HD -- signify gross vehicle weights of 8,600, 9,000, 9,500 and 9,950 pounds, respectively. For the heaviest loads (350HD), a dual rear-wheel setup is used.
The Transit van ($32,155) starts with 16-in steel wheels, power mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, power windows and locks, front air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, lashing hooks in the cargo area and a 2-speaker AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary input.
Sliding passenger-side doors are standard on medium- and high-roofed versions; dual sliding doors are optional. The Transit can be ordered as a cutaway or chassis cab.
There are also numerous options such as extended side mirrors, 16-in alloy wheels, cruise control, power front seats, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, a keyless entry pad, lane-departure warning, remote starting, Bluetooth, rear air conditioning and Crew Chief commercial telematics.
The cargo area can come with a spray-in liner and LED illumination. A choice of rear-axle ratios is also on the options list, along with SYNC voice controls and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with navigation, a USB port, HD Radio and satellite radio, plus a 6.5-in touchscreen 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|
2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- Despite that 3-pointed star, the Sprinter is not crazy-expensive. The Automotive Lease Guide also says the Sprinter has the highest resale value in its class.