2015 Ford Transit 150 XLT wagon

Recently, I described Ford's Flex crossover as "a big box on wheels." I take it back: this is a big box on wheels.

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Ford's Transit 150 is a full-size van for commercial, fleet and livery uses.

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In the XLT wagon trim level, the van begins to resemble something that an individual buyer would conceivably purchase.

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Capacious is the word that immediately springs to mind when describing the Transit 150...and this isn't even its largest form.

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Here we see the medium wheelbase model with the low roof, but long and extended wheelbase configurations are available with two taller roof options.

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Our example comes equipped with an optional rear camera, which makes living with the 220-inch long "wagon" easier.

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83.6 inches tall by 81.3 inches wide, the Transit appears squared-off when viewed head on.

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The van's short nose features hood intakes. One of the two is functional; the other merely adds symmetry.

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Crammed into the engine bay is a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, good for 275 horsepower.

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Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed transmission. Two final drive choices are available when optioning the Transit.

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The workhorse Transit uses a hydraulic-assist steering rack, rather than a more modern and efficient electric system.

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Around town and on the highway, the Transit is easy to drive -- once you get used to the too-tall seating position.

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I averaged about 17.7 mpg during my highway-heavy testing cycle. That lines up favorably with the EPA's estimated 16 combined mpg.

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The Transit is highly configurable. For example, it can be had as an empty shell or with seats, with sliding doors or a pair of hinged swingers.

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When equipped with seats, the Transit is referred to as a wagon. In the standard wheelbase, there's room for 8 souls (11 with the optional fourth row).

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With all three rows in place, there's still space enough for up to 23 large suitcases stacked high.

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The rear doors have a locking feature that allow them to be held open when loading or hauling longer items.

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They can also be unlocked, freeing the range of motion.

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Unfettered, the doors can swing a full 180 degrees.

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The cabin aesthetic has more in common with Ford's compact hatchbacks than its full-size trucks. This dashboard is a dead ringer for the Ford Focus'.

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The six-speed automatic transmission is controlled via a dash-mounted shifter.

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There's no shortage of storage bins and cupholders ahead of the driver. This bin looks like it could easily swallow a 1-liter beverage.

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Front and center is the optional MyFord Touch infotainment system, a 6.5-inch touchscreen suite with navigation, digital media and communication functions.

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Techie van fans will want to wait for 2016 MY examples to arrive with the much improved Sync 3 infotainment stack.

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Audio quality wasn't at the top of the hierarchy of amenities. The six-speaker system sounds fine, but not great.

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Instrumentation is simple. The upgrade to lane-keeping assist and cruise control adds a full-color, but compact, LCD.

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The steering wheel features controls for Sync voice commands, truly the highlight of this vehicle's tech offerings.

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With the optional lane departure alert, the van can notify the driver when drifting out of its lane without signaling.

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Low on the dash is the bank of inputs, including RCA video inputs, an SD card for map data, and two USB ports for charging and playback.

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With the optional 110V inverter, small appliances and electronics can be powered on-the-go.

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The 3.7-liter engine can run on E85 Flex Fuel. It can also be configured to accept cleaner burning compressed natural gas or liquid petroleum gas (CNG/LPG) with a factory upgrade.

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The long Transit's blind-spot monitoring system works the old fashioned way: with a convex mirror and the driver's eyes.

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The 2015 Ford Transit 150 wagon starts at $32,270, but XLT upgrades and accoutrements push the price up to $33,770.

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Close to fully loaded, our example stickers for $38,750.

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