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.

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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.

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Refreshed for the 2019 model year, the Ford Transit Connect offers a compelling package on paper, but the execution falls short. 

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Having recently driven both the cargo and passenger variants, I found it's easy to tell where this vehicle's priorities lie.

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While the lesser-equipped Transit Connect Wagon starts at $26,845 before the $1,195 destination charge, the Titanium rings in higher at $31,595.

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With my tester's wide swath of options, the price moves even higher to a surprising $37,010.

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That puts the Wagon at about the same price as midtier trims of minivans like the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey, while offering a bit more standard equipment and superior city fuel economy.

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Unless you really need a cargo van on occasion, though, I'd recommend skipping over the Transit Connect Wagon.

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Sure, it's mighty capable when hauling enters the equation, but the tradeoffs in ergonomics, driving dynamics and second-and-third-row tech make it hard to recommend for anyone who will use it almost exclusively as the family truckster.

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