2015 Ford Transit 150 XLT commercial van has a nice tech layout
Okay so you're in the market for a commercial
Well, let's pretend like you are for a second because today we're taking a look at the Ford Transit 150.
Now most of the time you'll see this van.
And operating as sort of an airport shuttle, or as a large panel van for a construction crew, or a carpet shampooers or something like that, but this model is an XLT model which means that it is sort of set up to be a little bit nicer than your standard white commercial van.
For starters, we've got this pueblo gold paint, which really is a nice way of saying beige but, you gotta admit, it looks a lot better than the white that most of these vans are gonna roll off the assembly line in.
We've also, in the dashboard, got a pretty nice tech layout.
It's almost as though ford.
Just wholesale rip the dashboard out of a 2013 Ford Focus and dropped it in this van.
So here in the center of the dash, we've got the My Ford Touch infotainment system with navigation, hands-free calling.
I've sort of criticized this system for being a little bit slow.
In the past.
And it still is here.
And the screen is a bit smallish in this dashboard.
It just sort of looks pint-sized and really far away from me, which makes it even harder to interact with.
Here's a cool feature with the barn doors at th e back of the van.
They've got a locking feature so you can lock them in their out Position in case you're carrying something that's really long and you need it to hang out of the back of the van, you can also unlock them and have the doors swing all the way out 180 degrees for unfettered access to the storage area.
Now commercial vans are very reconfigurable, right now it's Set up to hold about ten people and their luggage, but those seats can be popped out to make more room for more stuff or the entire interior can be stripped and outfitted by Ford for whatever needs you have.
With just me and one passenger in it over the weekend, it got about 17, 18 miles per gallon, which isn't bad.
I imagine that it will get a little bit less than that when you fill this thing up with people and stuff.
I don't spend a whole lot of time in commercial vans so the ergonomics of this vehicle are a bit weird to me.
One of the things that is very odd to me is the sort of weird position of the steering wheel.
I understand that I'm sitting high and the steering rack is way down low so you have to have a very steep steering column But in order to sit close enough to this wheel to drive the car comfortably I end up sitting almost too close to it, which sets up the weird irony of there being all of this space in the van, but I can't get in and out of it without smacking my knee on the adjuster for the steering column.
It's just a little bit odd.
The engine is as configurable as the box itself.
So you can get the transit 150 with a 3.7 liter natural gas engine or you can have it run on propane.
And there's also a diesel option You can flip-flop the engine around when you're spec-ing this vehicle out and match whatever need for power or torque or efficiency you may have.
Under the hood, we've got four 3.7 liter v-6 engine.
That's going to put out about 275 horsepower and about 260 pound feet of torque.
That's not an immense amount of power in a vehicle that's this big.
So pricing a commercial vehicle like the Transit-150 can be tricky because, well, every part of it is configurable.
Do you want a gasoline engine or a propane engine?
Do you want sliding doors or barn doors?
Are you buying just one or are you getting a whole fleet It gets complicated so let's keep it simple and say this model is going to start around $33,000 and something well equipped like this XLT model is going to run you around $36000.
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