Civilized driving experience; highly customizable; capable engines with fuel-efficient turbodiesel option; modern look and feel
Price can escalate quickly
The heavy-duty 350 version is now available with a short wheelbase. The previously optional LED cargo-area lighting system has become standard. Power-retractable running boards and heated front seats are now among the options. See the 2017 Ford Transit models for sale near you
There are so many permutations and opportunities to personalize that recommendations aren't necessary. But it's worth considering the diesel engine for long hauls carrying heavy goods. Find a Ford Transit for sale
The 2017 Ford Transit is available as a regular panel van, or in wagon forms with seating for 8 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 350 HD -- signify gross vehicle weights of 8,600; 9,000; 9,500 and 9,950 respectively. For the heaviest loads (350 HD), a dual rear-wheel setup is used.
The Transit 150 ($32,805) starts with 16-in steel wheels, power mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, tilt/telescope steering wheel, power windows and locks, front air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, rearview camera, lashing hooks and LED lighting 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, power-retractable running boards, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, power/heated front seats, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, keyless entry pad, lane departure warning, remote start, Bluetooth, rear air conditioning, and Crew Chief commercial telematics.
The cargo area can come with a spray-in liner. 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, USB port, HD and satellite radio, plus a 6.5-in touchscreen and steering wheel-mounted controls.
Equipping the van for specific tasks (known as upfitting) often requires upgrading the electrical system. With this in mind, Ford offers a single absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery and auxiliary fuse panels as options.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2017 Chevrolet Express Cargo -- Smaller and older than the Transit.
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- Despite that 3-pointed star, the Sprinter is not crazy expensive. The Automotive Lease Guild (ALG) also says the Sprinter has the highest resale value in its class.