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
Following its debut last year, the Transit Connect is basically unchanged for the 2015 model year. See the 2015 Ford Transit Connect models for sale near you
Have it your way. With the Transit Connect's numerous trim levels and body styles, there's a model for everyone except those in need of heavy-duty haulers. Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale
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 liftgate. 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 ($23,325) 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 ($24,850) 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 ($26,180) comes only with the long wheelbase, 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 ($25,705) or long wheelbase ($27,705) and is equipped similarly to the Van XLT.
Finally, the Wagon Titanium ($30,180) cranks up the content with 16-in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver's 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|
2015 Nissan NV200 -- The NV200 was designed expressly to compete with the Transit Connect, though it doesn't offer a long-wheelbase option.
2015 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.
Used Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- Cut from the same cloth as the Transit Connect but larger, the Sprinter features a narrow, maneuverable body and strong fuel economy.