Civilized driving experience; highly customizable; capable engines with fuel-efficient turbodiesel option; modern look and feel
Price can escalate quickly
Versions with the medium-height and high roofs have a new high-mounted rearview camera as standard. Cargo models also have a new LED lamp switch for the load area and a new rear-door exit handle; versions with sliding doors have laminated glass for the windows, while screen mesh is added to the windows placed in the 60/40-split side doors. All Transits receive a locking glove compartment. New options include extended-length running boards, short-arm power-folding/heated side mirrors, scuff plates, D-pillar grab handles, heavy-duty cargo flooring, a push-down manual parking brake, charcoal leather seat coverings and a forged alloy wheel package for dual rear-wheel setups. See the 2018 Ford Transit models for sale near you
Every business has its own needs, so investigate all the relevant options. There are even ambulance, school bus and shuttle bus packages. Think about the diesel engine if heavy loads and long distances are involved.
The 2018 Ford Transit is available as a regular panel van, or in wagon forms with seating for 8 to 15 occupants.
It comes with a 129.9- or 147.6-in wheelbase. The latter can also offer an extended body length. Then there's the choice of a low roof (83.6 inches) or medium-height roof (100.8 inches); the two longer versions offer medium or high (110.1 inches) roofs. With the high roof, a 6-foot person can easily stand up inside. In the largest version, total cargo volume is 487.3 cu ft. Maximum payload is 4,650 pounds, and maximum towing capacity is 7,500 pounds.
Those numbers on the back doors -- 150, 250, 350 and 350 HD -- signify gross vehicle weights of 8,600, 9,000, 9,500 and 9,950 pounds, respectively. For the heaviest loads (350 HD), a dual-rear-wheel setup is used.
The Transit 150 ($33,775) starts with 16-in steel wheels, keyless entry, variable intermittent wipers, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, power-adjustable mirrors, power windows/locks, front air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, a rearview camera, lashing hooks and LED lighting in the cargo area, a lockable glove box and a 4-speaker AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth and an auxiliary input. The passenger version has tinted glass, plus 3-point safety belts for all seats and extra airbags.
Sliding passenger-side doors are standard on medium- and high-roof versions; dual sliding doors are optional. The Transit can be ordered as a cutaway or chassis cab.
There are also numerous options, such as extended side mirrors, power-retractable running boards, 16-in alloy wheels, cruise control, power/heated front seats, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, a keyless entry pad, lane-departure warning, remote start, rear air conditioning, a trailer package, Crew Chief commercial telematics and the options mentioned in the What's New section above.
The cargo area can come with a spray-in liner or heavy-duty flooring. A choice of rear axle ratios is also on the options list, along with SYNC voice controls and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with navigation, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 6.5-in touchscreen and steering-wheel-mounted controls.
Equipping the van for specific tasks (known as upfitting) often requires upgrading the electrical system. With this in mind, Ford offers a single absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery and auxiliary fuse panels as options.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo -- Smaller and older than the Transit.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- Despite that 3-pointed star, the Sprinter is not crazy expensive. The Automotive Lease Guild (ALG) also says the Sprinter has the highest resale value in its class.
2018 Nissan NV -- Nissan's full-sizer is both contemporary and affordable, with a muscular V8 available. No diesel option, though.
2018 Ram ProMaster -- The Fiat-derived ProMaster is another Euro-style van. See if the oddly angled steering wheel is to your liking.