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This derivative of the Focus is no minivan substitute, even though it can seat five or seven. With its boxy shape and very tall roof you'd be challenged to find more passenger space for the money. The steady, supple ride and frisky handling are where the positives end, though. It remains a commercial vehicle at heart, with a lackluster four-cylinder, a low-rent interior, cumbersome folding seats, and a skimpy level of standard features. Unlike a minivan, it doesn't have power doors or a rear-seat entertainment system, and even Bluetooth connectivity costs extra. The base four-cylinder managed only 21 mpg overall, and we see little indication that the uplevel 1.6-liter turbo-four would be more frugal.

Road Test

If you're looking for the most space for the least cash, the Transit Connect should be on your radar screen. Ford's relatively small commercial van has been gussied up just enough to transform it into a credible people mover. About the length of a Ho...

Highs

  • Most room per square foot
  • Most seats per dollar

Lows

  • Looks like a commercial van, inside and out
  • Slow acceleration from the 2.5-liter engine

Best Version to Get

Outfitting the highly customizable Transit Connect depends a lot on its mission. You can pick the wheelbase, roof height, and rear door type, as well as whether or not you want side windows. If you need a Van for cargo, they don't get much cheaper or more space-efficient than this. Ford even...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
wagon
van
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (173 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (169 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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