Along with the Fiesta and Focus, Ford brought the European-designed Transit Connect to the U.S. market. With a growing urban population and higher gas prices, the Transit Connect fits a U.S. demographic that more resembles Europe's each year.
The Transit Connect takes simplicity as its design cue. The grille sits tight and flush with the bodywork and the headlight casings are big and square. Lines in front and down the sides are straight and level.
The 2-liter four-cylinder engine only produces 136 horsepower, but it is enough to get the Transit Connect around adequately in an average city. Its fuel economy is in the mid-20s, much better than a full-size van.
The Transit Connect gets a simple AM/FM stereo with a CD slot. There is an auxiliary input as well. Ford's Sync system, which integrates a Bluetooth phone system and MP3 players, is an option.