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2022 Ford Transit Connect: Choosing the Right Trim


The 2022 Ford Transit Connect offers buyers an alternative to larger family vans and mid-size crossovers, providing a roomy and comfortable interior in a fuel-efficient front-drive vehicle.

The Cargo Van is easily adaptable to serve small businesses’ needs or as a mini conversion van for campers. The Passenger Wagon can carry a combination of people and cargo and has many of the same modern conveniences found in passenger cars and SUVs.

Similar in size to the Dodge Ram ProMaster City and Nissan NV200, the Transit Connect offers more features, configurations, and wheelbase choices. Regrettably, there is no all-wheel-drive version, something that would likely hold strong appeal to those living in snowy climates or with off-road camping enthusiasts. Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale

2022 Ford Transit Connect XL Cargo Van (Starting at $24,925)

The most basic of the Transit Connect line is the XL Cargo Van. It comes standard with dual sliding side doors, a choice between swing-out rear cargo doors or a rear liftgate, and a short or long wheelbase.

A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on the XL. With its 15.8-gallon fuel tank and 25 mpg combined fuel rating, the Transit Connect can travel nearly 400 miles before needing to refill.

Unique to the XL trim is an optional 2.5-liter engine that offers 7 more horsepower and 27 more lb-ft of torque. Opting for the 2.5-liter engine also requires a CNG/LPG fuel prep package (this allows the vehicle to run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas) and changes the transmission to a 6-speed automatic.

The Cargo Van’s standard sliding side doors and rear swing-out doors are solid metal with an option to put glass into the rear doors, sliding side passenger door, or both driver and passenger side sliding doors. The XL rolls on 16-inch steel wheels with full covers.

On the safety front, the XL trim comes with forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic emergency braking. Other safety equipment includes a rearview camera, front and front side-impact airbags, and curve and torque vectoring control that helps stabilize the vehicle when turning, avoiding understeer and oversteer situations. Rain-sensing wipers that activate with the headlights and a tire pressure monitoring system round out the list.

Convenience items are surprisingly generous, especially considering the XL van’s low price point. The front windows are power-operated, and the manually adjustable side mirrors include a spotter mirror to help see vehicles hiding in the Transit Connect’s blind spot. The steering wheel both tilts and telescopes, and there is a single 12-volt power point in the front console.

The XL’s seats are vinyl covered, so luckily, air conditioning is standard. The audio system is 4-speaker AM/FM stereo connected to a 4.2-inch display. The system includes Bluetooth and FordPass Connect with an available Wi-Fi hotspot.

Some notable options for the XL include the QuickClear electric windshield defroster, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, cruise control, a wireless charging pad, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

For a more comfortable cabin experience, buyers can upgrade to the SYNC 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, or the upgraded SYNC 3 with built-in navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio.

A tow package allows trailering up to 2,000 pounds, and fleet vehicles can have their top speed electronically governed at 65 or 75 mph.

With the $1,395 destination fee, a base 2022 Ford Transit Connect XL Cargo Van costs $26,320. On a 60-month loan at a 3% APR, the monthly payment comes to $473. Find a Ford Transit Connect XL for sale

2022 Ford Transit XL Cargo Van includes:

  • Automatic emergency braking — tied in with forward-collision warning, this system can prepare the brakes for an emergency stop or, in certain low-speed situations, bring the vehicle to a halt.
  • Dual-sliding side doors — permit easy access from the street or sidewalk when loading large or heavy items.
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column — allows drivers of all sizes to find a comfortable spot to place the steering wheel.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot — through the subscription-based FordPass Connect service, you can have an in-vehicle mobile Wi-Fi hotspot perfect for on-the-job connectivity.

2022 Ford Transit Connect XLT Cargo Van ($27,350)

On the surface, the XL and XLT Cargo Vans look pretty similar. The XLT has all the same equipment as the XL but adds a few more upgrades such as body-color front and rear bumpers, fog lights, heated power-folding side mirrors, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

Also standard are two front USB charge ports, a wireless charging pad, cloth-covered seats with driver’s seat manual lumbar support, cruise control, and front carpeting.

The Ford Co-Pilot 360 bundle is also standard. It includes a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and auto high-beam headlights.

Options for the XLT not offered on the XL include front park sensors, remote start, HID headlights, adaptive cornering fog lights, and adaptive cruise control.

With destination, the XLT is just a few thousand more than the XL, with an out-the-door price tag of $28,745. On a 60-month loan at 3%, the monthly payment comes to $517, about $45 more each month than the XL. Find a Ford Transit Connect XLT for sale

2022 Ford Transit Connect XL Passenger Wagon ($27,670)

The Transit Connect passenger versions are all long-wheelbase models, but most have similar side and rear door configurations to the Cargo Van. The one notable difference is that the Wagon’s sliding side door glass isn’t fixed.

As the Transit Connect Wagon is intended primarily for people, its interior accommodations are slightly more inviting. The front and second-row seats are bucket style, with a 2-passenger third-row seat that can be folded flat. A no-charge second-row 3-person vinyl bench seat is available.

Side curtain airbags protect the front passenger and driver but fail to run the entire length covering the second- and third-row occupants.

Like the XL Van, the XL Passenger Wagon has black bumpers and mirror caps, auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and manually controlled side mirrors. Unlike the Van, the Wagon gets cloth seats (vinyl is optional), and dual-zone automatic front cabin climate control with manual air conditioning controls for the rear passengers. Also standard is a 12-volt power point in the rear, driver’s seat manual lumbar support, and power second-row windows.

Carpeting is underfoot for the first and second rows when ordering cloth seats. Vinyl seats beget vinyl flooring. A rear defroster is standard, as are auto start/stop, cruise control, and rear parking sensors.

Options for the XL include upgraded alloy wheels, dark-tinted privacy glass, the QuickClear electric windshield, the 2.5-liter engine, a wireless charging pad, front parking sensors, the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, SiriusXM plus built-in navigation, MyKey programmable key fob, and an aircraft-style mid-vehicle overhead storage console.

The 2022 Ford Transit Connect XL Passenger Wagon with destination costs $29,065. On a 60-month loan with no money down and a 3% finance rate, the XL Wagon will cost $522 a month. Find a Ford Transit Connect XL for sale

2022 Ford Transit Connect XL Passenger Wagon includes:

  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning — allows individual control of the front passenger compartment. The system also includes manual heating and A/C controls for the rear seat passengers.
  • Second-row 3-person bench seat — permits three-passenger seating in place of the optional bucket seats.
  • Reverse Sensing System — built-in sensors in the rear bumper alert the driver when getting too close to a fixed object. As the vehicle gets closer to the object, a series of beeps quicken, signaling the driver to hit the brakes.
  • Driver’s seat lumbar support — may seem like a little thing until you’ve been on the road for three hours and your back is killing you.

2022 Ford Transit Connect XLT Passenger Wagon ($29,785)

A step above the XL, the XLT brings a few more standard features, many of which are optional on the XL.

On the outside, color-key bumpers and door handles bring a more upscale appearance, as does a 5-bar grille with chrome surround. Power adjustable and power-folding heated side mirrors are also part of the XLT package.

The SYNC 3 infotainment system is standard and includes two USB charge ports plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Little touches, like a child observation mirror, sunglass holder, and wireless charge pad, are appreciated, as is a 6-way power driver’s seat and one-touch up/down power windows.

The Ford Co-Pilot 360 system is also standard, adding auto high beam headlights, lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Options beyond the XLT include a fixed panoramic glass Vista Roof, adaptive cruise control, HID headlights (part of the Premium package), heated front seats, leather seating, and passive entry with push-button start.

Using our same 60-month loan at 3%, a 2022 Ford Transit Connect XLT Wagon with destination lists for $31,180. The monthly payment will be $560, or just $38 more a month than the XL. Find a Ford Transit Connect XLT for sale

2022 Ford Transit Connect XLT Passenger Wagon includes:

  • SYNC 3 — with its 6.5-in touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, this system is all you need when a smartphone is along for the ride.
  • Power-folding side mirrors — convenient when pulling into tight spaces, these mirrors and can be electrically folded to avoid hitting other cars or solid objects.
  • Auto high-beam headlights — can sense oncoming traffic and automatically dim. Once the coast is clear, the high beam function returns to the “on” setting.
  • Available Vista Roof — this massive fixed glass panel runs the roof’s length, allowing in sunlight when desired. When there’s too much light, a power sunshade can cover the panel.

2022 Ford Transit Connect Titanium Passenger Wagon ($31,870)

At the top of the Transit Connect pecking order is the Titanium trim. As its name suggests, this is the most expensive trim because it has the most standard features. There’s nothing unique to the Titanium that can’t be found on other trims, save for the Premium aluminum 16-in wheels and 9-speaker premium audio system.

The rest of the standard roster comes from the familiar optional XLT list. It includes SYNC 3 with navigation, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a 6-way power driver’s seat, HID headlights, Co-Pilot360, and intelligent access with push-button start.

The Titanium doesn’t offer a choice of swing-out rear cargo doors, only the standard liftback with a fixed window.

The remaining option packages are identical to the XLT’s offerings.

At $33,265 including destination, the 2022 Ford Transit Connect Titanium Passenger Wagon will cost $600 a month, based on a 60-month loan at 3%. That’s just $40 more a month than the XLT, before options. Find a Ford Transit Connect Titanium for sale

2022 Ford Transit Connect Titanium Passenger Wagon includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control — with the cruise control is engaged, this system allows the vehicle to remain at a safe distance from the traffic ahead, automatically slowing or accelerating to maintain a pre-set distance.
  • 9-speaker premium audio — while not quite the B&O system found in other Ford products, this sound system promises to make lots of noise with little distortion.
  • Leather seating — comfortable and relaxed, the Titanium’s leather seats add a touch of class to an otherwise mainstream transportation mode.
  • 6-way power driver’s seat — allows for more seating position choices, which is good if you’ve got more than one driver in the family.

FAQ

What is the best 2022 Ford Transit Connect trim?

The XLT trim adds some nice creature comforts over the base trim like an upgraded infotainment system, the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite, and more.

How many mpg does the 2022 Ford Transit Connect get?

The Ford Transit Connect gets up to 24 city/28 highway mpg with the 2.0-liter engine and up to 20 city/26 highway mpg with the 2.5-liter engine.

Which 2022 Ford Transit Connect trim level offers the most safety?

The Ford Transit Connect is safer when equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite, which is standard on the XLT and Titanium trims. This van gets a 4-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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