The Ford Transit Connect shares its platform with the Focus, The wagon is available in XL, XLT and Titanium trims, while the van comes only in XL and XLT. A 2.5L 4-cylinder is standard across the lineup, while a 1.6-liter turbocharged four is available in the XLT wagon and in both van trims. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with the 1.6-liter turbo, the Transit Connect is capable of up to 30 mpg on the highway -- excellent for such a utilitarian vehicle.
The Transit Connect wagon features large rear windows and rear seats for hauling passengers. It can be had in both short- and long-wheelbase versions, with long-wheelbase wagons available with third row seating, making them roomy enough for up to seven passengers. Other utility options include the choice between a rear liftgate or rear symmetrical opening doors.
Interior options are also plentiful and run anywhere from basic vinyl upholstery all the way up to panoramic sunroofs and complex in-car entertainment systems, complete with Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera.
The XL is the most basic variant, while the XLT includes a 4.2-inch screen, cruise control and a Smart Key entry system. While XL and XLT wagon trims echo their cargo van counterparts, the top-level Titanium trim adds a considerable dose of luxury to the Transit Connect lineup. The Titanium edition's interior is upholstered in leather, while the stereo makes use of Ford's Sync system. A set of fog lamps sharpen up the exterior.
All Transit Connect vans feature front and side airbags for the first row as well as side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system.
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