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.
Minivans excel at hauling a family's worth of people and cargo, and when it comes time to move a child into a dorm room, they're a decent stand-in for something more dedicated, like a cargo van. But what if you want something that swaps the roles and emphasizes the van in minivan? That's where the Ford Transit Connect comes in.
Refreshed for the 2019 model year, the Ford Transit Connect offers a compelling package on paper, but the execution falls short. Having recently driven both the cargo and passenger variants, I found it's easy to tell where this vehicle's priorities lie.
Before sliding into the more family-friendly variant of Transit Connect, I find myself schlepping the cargo van variant from Michigan to Wisconsin and back, taking part in the great American pastime of interstate furniture hauling.
The Good The 2019 Ford Transit Connect is capacious and efficient, and packs some decent tech.
The Bad The transmission is bad, it’s loud inside and the ergonomics can get a little wonky.
The Bottom Line If you need a full-time van with a part-time focus on people-moving, the Transit Connect is a decent choice.
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