Ford Transit Cargo Van

Editors' Review

You don't need to pastor a megachurch or run a plumbing-supply company to own a 2020 Ford Transit van. Those are admittedly the sort of customers this vehicle is aimed at, but it's comfortable and pleasant enough to drive that you might consider one for your small business or your family, especially if you've got a large brood or just want a versatile camping rig. 

Ford offers a dizzying array of variants in this Kansas City, Missouri-built vehicle, from cargo- and passenger-specific models, to chassis cab and cutaway variants. Giving customers even more choice, it's also available with three different roof heights and in a trio of lengths. The Transit pretty much covers the market, meeting the needs of everyone from HVAC service technicians to adventure seekers who want to upfit their Transit to be the ultimate overlanding machine.

My tester is Ford's new-for-2020 crew-van model, which has both a large cargo area and seating for five people. This van also features a regular-length body and medium-height roof, but trust me, even though it's the "midsize" offering of the family, it's plenty big. I can stand up in it without clocking my head on the ceiling, and an air mattress should fit without issue if you dream of owning a 1970s-style custom van. Sure, it's a bit of a step up to get into this vehicle, but it's not that bad.

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The Good ~ Surprisingly agile handling ~ Excellent forward visibility ~ Potent V6 engine

The Bad ~ Awkward pedal placement ~ Cramped footwells ~ Booming interior

The Bottom Line When you need to haul loads of folks or freight, the Ford Transit van is tough to top.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 9
  • Design 8
  • Media 9

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