Big versatility in a small, nimble package; strong fuel economy; reasonably priced; two wheelbase lengths; cargo-van and passenger-wagon body styles
Modest towing capacity; lower trim levels are sparsely equipped
The Transit Connect is all-new this year, beginning its second generation on American soil
Have it your way. With the Transit Connect's numerous trim levels and body styles, there's a model for everyone except heavy-duty haulers.
The Transit Connect comes in numerous forms. The Van has two standard seats, windowless side panels and dual rear cargo doors, while the Wagon is a passenger vehicle with full windows all around and a choice of rear cargo doors or a lift gate. Both have dual sliding side doors and are offered in short-wheelbase (104.8 inches) or long-wheelbase (120.6 in) configuration. The short-wheelbase Wagon has five seats, while the long-wheelbase Wagon adds a third seating row for 7-passenger capacity. Both the second- and third-row seats fold flat and can be removed.
The Van comes in XL or XLT trim, while the Wagon gets those trims plus the top-of-the-line Titanium.
The Van XL ($22,995) starts with just the basics, including 16-in steel wheels, remote keyless entry, power windows, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary input jack.
The Van XLT ($24,520) adds features such as power heated mirrors, fog lights, a 4.2-in driver information display with steering wheel controls, a CD audio system and an upgraded driver seat with manual lumbar adjustment.
The Wagon XL ($25,995) comes only with the long wheelbase for now, and it's equipped similarly to the Van XL except for upgrades such as its three seating rows and power second-row windows.
The Wagon XLT is offered with either the short wheelbase ($25,520) or long wheelbase ($27,520) and is equipped similarly to the Van XLT.
Finally, the Wagon Titanium ($29,995) cranks up the content with 16-in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic front climate control, separate manual rear climate controls, SYNC voice-command functionality and a rearview camera.
Some of the higher-end standard features are available as options on lesser models. Other options, depending on trim and configuration, include MyFord Touch (which adds a 6.5-in touchscreen with navigation), 17-in alloy wheels, MyKey with programmable usage restrictions (maximum speed and volume levels) and Ford Work Solutions Crew Chief telematics with tracking functions for location, speed and idle time.
Long-wheelbase Transit Connects can accommodate about 130 cu ft of stuff, which is nearly as much as a full-size minivan like the Toyota Sienna.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
Nissan NV200 -- The NV200 was designed expressly to compete with the Transit Connect, though it doesn't offer a long-wheelbase option.
RAM C/V Tradesman -- Essentially a Grand Caravan without the seats and windows, the C/V Tradesman is a cost-effective option if you need a larger work van.