Ford Motor Company, begun by Henry Ford in 1906 in Dearborn, Michigan is most known for its cars and trucks. It also has a long history of building commercial vehicles for businesses. The Transit Connect is a compact panel/minivan developed and produced by Ford Europe and based on the basic design of the Ford Focus. It has been imported to North America around 2010.
The Transit Connect has rear seats and side windows but can easily be converted into a panel van with open cargo space. It was first introduced in Europe in 2002 to replace an older model sedan delivery van. The Transit Connect was awarded Van of the Year 2004 by Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine, and after its arrival in North America, it was awarded North American Truck of the Year 2010 at the North American International Auto Show.
The newer generation model was redesigned in 2013; it comes with both rear double doors and a rear lift gate, making the van popular with people in wheel chairs. The Transit Connect has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, while the total cargo capacity is 122.6 cubic feet for the short-wheel base and 168.5 cubic feet for the long-wheel base.
A 2014 Ford Transit Connect has a manufacturer’s sticker price of $23,000.00, but that could go up depending on features and conversions. The cost decreases with used vehicles– depending on model year, mileage, and condition.
First generation vans come with either 1.8L Duratorq TDCi Diesel Inline-four engines or 2.0L Duratec Gasoline Inline-four engines. Second generation vans have either a 1.6L EcoBoost Inline-four or 2.5L Duratec 25 Inline-four engine.
Second generation vans come with a standard 6-speed PowerShift semi-automatic twin clutch engine. Older Transit Connect models come with a 4-speed 4F27E automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual.
Size and Space Options
The Transit Connect comes in two size options. The short wheel base can seat up to five people and has a total cargo capacity of 122.6 cubic feet. The long wheel base can seat up to seven passengers and has a total cargo capacity of 168.5 cubic feet.
Control Panel and Display
The dashboard display of the Transit Connect is standard and there is an available multi-function display for fuel economy, driver-assist settings, and towing information.
Both the five-passenger and seven-passenger models provide comfortable seating, with ample head and leg room.
Thanks to Ford’s reputation for reliability and quality, the van is readily available in all markets for a good price. It also has a sleek look and has been put into service in many cities for taxis.
The Transit Connect comes with a standard anti-theft alarm that is sounded if someone tries to break into or steal the van.
The van comes with forward and rear sensing systems, roll stability control, and front passenger airbags.
There is a choice of vinyl or cloth seats, and leather trim is available. The Titanium model comes with a standard heated six-way power seat for the driver and a dual zone front temperature control.
The MyFord Touch SYNC is available for hands-free calling and music.
The van comes with standard dual sliding doors and an option for either dual rear doors or a lift gate.
There is an available option called Crew Chief which enables you to monitor driving habits, fuel efficiency, and vehicle maintenance.
Ford’s reputation for quality automobiles precedes itself with the Transit Connect.
The van is sleek-looking and compact for both personal and business use and is popular among wheel chair users for its optional rear lift gate.
With an MSRP of just $23,000.00, the Transit Connect is a great value. Its additional features can help your business save money.
The Ford Transit Connect is easily a great value-for-money vehicle. With a low cost and features that can help you save on fuel and maintenance costs, the compact van is worth the price.