If you’re looking for information on a newer Ford Transit Connect, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Ford Transit Connect Review
The 2017 Ford Transit Connect van is a small commercial vehicle that’s big on versatility. For a start, there are two wheelbase lengths. The shorter measures 104.8 in; the long wheelbase is 120.6 in. Then there’s the choice of aircraft-like overhead storage or a fixed sunroof, twin rear doors or a top-hinged tailgate.
This van comes with windowless side panels and dual sliding side doors. For someone whose business involves light duty in the city and the suburbs, the Transit Connect is almost a no-brainer.
What’s New for 2017?
The SYNC 3 infotainment system takes over from MyFord Touch. Cruise control and rear parking sensors become standard throughout the range. The previously optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is no longer offered. See the 2017 Ford Transit Connect models for sale near you
What We Like
Small and nimble package; reasonably priced; two wheelbase lengths
What We Don’t
Modest towing capacity; lowest trim level is sparsely equipped
Propulsion comes from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 169 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. This is linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to the front wheels only.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel consumption at 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined.
Standard Features & Options
The 2017 Ford Transit Connect van has two seats as standard and comes in XL or XLT trim.
XL ($24,005) starts with 16-in steel wheels, remote keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, air conditioning, vinyl upholstery and floor covering, tilt/telescope steering wheel, folding front passenger seat, rear parking sensors, and an AM/FM stereo with two speakers and an auxiliary audio input.
XLT ($25,530) adds power-folding heated mirrors, fog lights, 4.2-in driver information display with steering wheel controls, cloth upholstery, CD player and an upgraded driver’s seat with manual lumbar adjustment.
The long wheelbase is an extra $1,000. Other options include the Sync 3 infotainment system (XLT only — adds a 6.5-in touchscreen with navigation), 17-in alloy wheels, fixed panoramic sunroof, roof rails, roof rack, satellite/HD radio, front parking sensors, MyKey with programmable usage restrictions (maximum speed and audio volume levels), plus a telematics system with tracking functions for location, speed and idle time.
Long-wheelbase versions can accommodate 128.6 cu ft. of cargo.
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags for each seating row.
In government crash tests, the Transit Connect received an impressive five stars out of five overall, including four stars for front impacts and five stars for side impacts.
Behind the Wheel
The dashboard consists of no-nonsense materials and its tidy control layout is like the Focus. We like the standard LED lights in the cargo section. And there’s a nimbleness to the way the van drives. If someone has to drive this all the time for work, it won’t be a drudge. The only real letdown is the modest 2,000-pound towing capacity.
Other Cars to Consider
2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris — Bigger and more expensive, but still a useful, well-judged size and perfectly capable.
2017 Nissan NV200 — The NV200 was designed to compete with the Transit Connect, although it doesn’t offer a long-wheelbase option.
2017 Ram ProMaster City — Also based on a European van, with decent power and carrying abilities.
Used Ford Transit — Bigger than the Connect, but still useful for city work.
There are so many ways to configure the Transit Connect and the van’s basic "bones" are good. So this has to be worth checking out. Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale