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Ford Transit Connect

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Ford Transit Connect 2018 wagon
Trim Shown: XLT w/RLG
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 supply 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, turbocharged four-cylinder engine would be more frugal. A freshened 2019 will have standard automatic emergency braking, two new engines, and an eight-speed automatic.

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 H...


  • Most room per square foot
  • Most seats per dollar


  • 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 offe...


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


Comfort / Convenience
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