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2023 Ford Transit: Choosing the Right Trim


The Ford Transit is a full-size van available in seemingly infinite configurations. The five basic variants of the Transit are Cargo Van, Crew Van, Passenger Van, Cutaway, and Chassis Cab. Which one is right for your business or your family depends on what you need in a big van.

The Transit is also available in three lengths with three roof heights and three engine options. The base engine is a trusty 3.5-liter V6. There’s also an EcoBoost turbocharged V6 with more power and torque. Lastly, there’s an all-electric Ford E-Transit available capable of up to 126 miles of range, but you can’t get a Crew Van or a Passenger Van with the electric powertrain. The competition is slim, with just the Ram ProMaster, GMC Savana, Chevrolet Express, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in the full-size van field.

Let’s take a closer look at the diverse Ford Transit model range and find the right van for you.

2023 Ford Transit Cargo Van: $43,455

  • 150 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($43,455)
  • 150 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($48,150)
  • 150 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($44,730)
  • 150 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($49,425)
  • 150 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($44,280)
  • 150 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($48,975)
  • 150 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($45,555)
  • 150 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($50,245)
  • 250 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($44,405)
  • 250 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($49,100)
  • 250 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($45,675)
  • 250 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($50,375)
  • 250 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($45,230)
  • 250 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($49,925)
  • 250 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($46,505)
  • 250 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($51,200)
  • 250 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($48,655)
  • 250 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($53,345)
  • 250 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length RWD ($49,875)
  • 250 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length AWD ($54,570)
  • 350 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($45,655)
  • 350 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($50,350)
  • E-Transit 350 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($53,790)
  • 350 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($46,930)
  • 350 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($51,625)
  • E-Transit 350 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($55,000)
  • 350 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($46,475)
  • 350 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($51,175)
  • E-Transit 350 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($54,555)
  • 350 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($47,755)
  • 350 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($52,445)
  • E-Transit 350 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($55,770)
  • 350 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($49,902)
  • 350 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($54,600)
  • E-Transit 350 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($57,810)
  • 350 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length RWD ($51,125)
  • 350 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length AWD ($55,820)
  • E-Transit 350 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length RWD ($58,970)
  • 350 HD DRW (Dual Rear Wheels) High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length RWD ($51,720)
  • 350 HD DRW High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length AWD ($56,805)

See what we mean? The 2023 Ford Transit Cargo Van is available in more than 40 unique configurations.

There are a few things that all configurations of the Transit have in common. For starters, a naturally aspirated V6 is standard, and a turbocharged V6 is optional in all of them. The configurations with “E-Transit” in the name are the ones with the electric powertrain.

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) comes standard, but all-wheel drive (AWD) is one of our favorite options on the Transit. The only other van in this class with this available feature is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, where AWD has a higher cost of entry.

Standard features on the Transit Cargo Van include 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl seats (cloth and leather are optional), a vinyl floor, air conditioning, power windows and locks, Bluetooth, two USB ports, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, rain-sensing wipers, and Ford Pro Telematics.

In addition to the long list of configurations above, you can add many additional options to the Transit. Highlights include alloy wheels, running boards, power sliding doors, 253-degree swing-out rear cargo doors, 60/40 hinged passenger-side cargo doors, cloth or leather seats, a SYNC 4 12-inch infotainment system with navigation, a front overhead shelf, and all kinds of safety features like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and a camera mirror.

A notable new entry in the Transit lineup this year is the Transit Trail. This rugged van is intended to be upfitted as a camper or overlanding rig. It includes a special appearance package, AWD, a 3.5-inch lift, a roof vent, all-terrain tires, and swivel front seats. The Transit Trail is available only as a Cargo Van.

When you factor in the $1,795 destination fee, the starting price of the Transit cargo van comes to $45,250. If you get one with a 60-month loan at 3% interest with no trade-in or money down, it will have a monthly payment starting at around $813. See 2023 Ford Transit Cargo Vans for sale near you

2023 Ford Transit Cargo Van includes:

Three powertrain options — The Transit is available with a trustworthy V6, a more powerful turbocharged EcoBoost V6, and an electric motor capable of up to 126 miles of range.

Transit Trail — The all-new Transit Trail is for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a camping rig. It has standard AWD, all-terrain tires, a 3.5-inch lift, a roof vent, and a rugged appearance package.

Available all-wheel drive — The Transit is one of the few full-size vans available with AWD, making it suitable for snowy roads and light off-roading.

2023 Ford Transit Crew Van: $45,820

  • 150 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($45,820)
  • 150 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($50,515)
  • 150 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($47,090)
  • 150 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($51,785)
  • 150 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($46,640)
  • 150 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($51,340)
  • 150 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($47,920)
  • 150 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($52,615)
  • 250 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($46,765)
  • 250 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($51,465)
  • 250 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($48,045)
  • 250 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($52,740)
  • 250 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($47,590)
  • 250 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($52,285)
  • 250 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($48,870)
  • 250 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($53,565)
  • 250 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($51,015)
  • 250 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($55,710)
  • 350 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($48,020)
  • 350 Low Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($52,715)
  • 350 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($49,290)
  • 350 Low Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($53,985)
  • 350 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase RWD ($48,840)
  • 350 Medium Roof with 130-inch wheelbase AWD ($53,540)
  • 350 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($50,120)
  • 350 Medium Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($54,815)
  • 350 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase RWD ($52,270)
  • 350 High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase AWD ($56,965)
  • 350 HD High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length RWD ($54,075)
  • 350 HD High Roof with 148-inch wheelbase Extended Length AWD ($58,775)

The Transit Crew Van has two rows of seats and more windows. If you require more than two seats but don’t need 12 seats, the Crew Van is a happy medium between the Cargo Van and the Passenger Van.

The electric powertrain and Transit Trail configuration are unavailable with the Crew Van. Other than that, the configuration options for the Crew Van are similar to the Cargo Van. Vinyl seats are still standard, and cloth is optional, but curiously, you can’t get leather seats in the Crew Van.

In addition to a row of rear seats, the Crew Van also adds rear side-curtain airbags to keep your passengers safe.

The Crew Van starts at about $856 per month if you get one with a 60-month loan at 3% interest and no money down. See 2023 Ford Transit Crew Vans for sale near you

2023 Ford Transit Crew Van includes:

2-row seating — Seating for up to five adds some versatility to the Crew Van compared to the 2-seater Cargo Van.

Rear side-curtain airbags — The Crew Van keeps your rear-seat passengers safe with standard side-curtain airbags for both rows.

Rear side windows— Your crew on the 3-seat rear bench can look out the tinted rear side glass.

2023 Ford Transit Passenger Van XL: $50,130

  • 350 Low Roof RWD ($50,130)
  • 350 Low Roof AWD ($54,825)
  • 350 Medium Roof RWD ($51,260)
  • 350 Medium Roof AWD ($55,955)
  • 350 High Roof RWD ($52,705)
  • 350 High Roof AWD ($57,400)
  • 350 High Roof Extended Length RWD ($53,770)
  • 350 High Roof Extended Length AWD ($60,400)

The Transit Passenger Van is a big van with long windows and many seats. The standard body length comes with 12 seats, but if you opt for the extended length, you get 15 seats. The Passenger Van is suitable for a business that needs to move a lot of people to a worksite or a family that needs to move a lot of kids to church.

The Passenger Van expands on the side-curtain airbags that come with the Crew Van. Ford’s Safety Canopy System spans the length of the vehicle to protect your many passengers.

In base XL trim, the Passenger Van is pretty spartan, with standard and optional features similar to the Cargo Van. It has standard cloth seats rather than vinyl, and heating and air conditioning ducts are in the back for your passengers’ comfort.

The Transit Passenger Van XL starts at $933 a month with a 60-month loan at 3% interest and no money down. See 2023 Ford Transit Passenger Van XL models for sale near you

2023 Ford Transit Passenger Van XL includes:

Up to 15 seats — The Transit Passenger Van can carry 12 to 15 people, allowing you to haul a big crew.

Safety Canopy System — Side curtain airbags span the length of the Transit Passenger Van to protect your passengers.

Standard cloth seats — Your passengers will appreciate the standard cloth seating in the passenger van. Vinyl seats are optional if you need greater durability.

2023 Ford Transit Passenger Van XLT: $52,640

  • 350 Low Roof RWD ($52,640)
  • 350 Low Roof AWD ($57,335)
  • 350 Medium Roof RWD ($53,765)
  • 350 Medium Roof AWD ($58,455)
  • 350 High Roof RWD ($55,215)
  • 350 High Roof AWD ($59,905)
  • 350 High Roof Extended Length RWD ($56,265)
  • 350 High Roof Extended Length AWD ($62,905)

The XLT trim adds some nice creature comforts to the Transit Passenger Van. It feels a little less like a work van and more like a modern family vehicle.

Standard features include a painted front bumper, HID headlights, fog lights, chrome trim, power mirrors, a large center console, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and reverse automatic emergency braking. You also get Dark Palazzo Gray cloth seating, carpeted flooring, cruise control, and a SYNC 4 12-inch infotainment system with navigation.

If you get a Transit Passenger Van XLT with a 60-month loan at 3% interest and no money down, it will start at about $978 a month. See 2023 Ford Transit Passenger Van XLT models for sale near you

2023 Ford Transit Passenger Van XLT includes:

SYNC 4 — This modern infotainment system has a 12-inch screen, navigation, wireless smartphone connectivity features, and more.

Blind Spot Assist — This safety feature is especially welcome in such a big van.

Stylish appearance — The XLT trim upgrades the look of the Transit Passenger Van with a painted front bumper, chrome accents, and HID headlights.

2023 Ford Transit Cutaway: $39,255

  • 250 with 138-inch wheelbase RWD ($39,255)
  • 250 with 138-inch wheelbase AWD ($43,945)
  • 250 with 156-inch wheelbase RWD ($39,745)
  • 250 with 156-inch wheelbase AWD ($44,445)
  • 350 with 138-inch wheelbase RWD ($40,025)
  • 350 with 138-inch wheelbase AWD ($44,720)
  • 350 with 156-inch wheelbase RWD ($40,525)
  • 350 with 156-inch wheelbase AWD ($45,220)
  • 350 with 178-inch wheelbase RWD ($41,235)
  • 350 with 178-inch wheelbase AWD ($45,930)
  • E-Transit 350 with 178-inch wheelbase RWD ($49,575)
  • 350 HD DRW with 138-inch wheelbase RWD ($40,885)
  • 350 HD DRW with 138-inch wheelbase AWD ($45,580)
  • 350 HD DRW with 156-inch wheelbase RWD ($41,640)
  • 350 HD DRW with 156-inch wheelbase AWD ($46,330)
  • 350 HD DRW with 178-inch wheelbase RWD ($42,390)
  • 350 HD DRW with 178-inch wheelbase AWD ($47,085)

The Ford Transit Cutaway has a ladder frame behind the cab with a large opening. This gives the driver access to whatever upfit you choose. The Transit Cutaway is available in three wheelbases and retains the same three powertrain options as the Cargo Van, plus available AWD.

The Transit Cutaway begins at about $738 a month if you get one with a 60-month loan at 3% interest and zero down. See 2023 Ford Transit Cutaway models for sale near you

2023 Ford Transit Chassis Cab: $39,805

  • 250 with 138-inch wheelbase RWD ($39,805)
  • 250 with 138-inch wheelbase AWD ($44,505)
  • 250 with 156-inch wheelbase RWD ($40,310)
  • 250 with 156-inch wheelbase AWD ($45,005)
  • 350 with 138-inch wheelbase RWD ($40,585)
  • 350 with 138-inch wheelbase AWD ($45,275)
  • 350 with 156-inch wheelbase RWD ($41,085)
  • 350 with 156-inch wheelbase AWD ($45,780)
  • 350 with 178-inch wheelbase RWD ($41,795)
  • 350 with 178-inch wheelbase AWD ($46,490)
  • E-Transit 350 with 178-inch wheelbase RWD ($50,105)
  • 350 HD DRW with 138-inch wheelbase RWD ($41,445)
  • 350 HD DRW with 138-inch wheelbase AWD ($46,135)
  • 350 HD DRW with 156-inch wheelbase RWD ($42,190)
  • 350 HD DRW with 156-inch wheelbase AWD ($46,890)
  • 350 HD DRW with 178-inch wheelbase RWD ($42,945)
  • 350 HD DRW with 178-inch wheelbase AWD ($47,640)

The Transit chassis cab is similar to the cutaway but has an enclosed cab. The configuration options are identical to the cutaway; the only difference is a wall in the back of the cab.

Expect the Transit chassis cab to have a monthly payment starting at about $748 with a 60-month loan at 3% interest and zero down. See 2023 Ford Transit Chassis Cab models for sale near you

FAQ

What is the best 2023 Ford Transit trim level?

It depends on what you’re looking for in a van. If you’re shopping for a passenger van, the XLT trim has many desirable upgrades over the base XL. Most notably: modern technology, nicer seats, and improved aesthetics.

Does the 2023 Ford Transit offer all-wheel drive?

Yes, all-wheel drive is optional on many 2023 Ford Transit models.

How many seats does the 2023 Ford Transit have?

It depends on the configuration. The 2023 Ford Transit Cargo Van has two seats, the Crew Van seats five, and the Passenger Van has seats for 12 or 15.

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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