2018 Ford Transit Connect Van

City mpg:
20
Highway mpg:
27

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Ford Transit Connect Van Overview

The standard features of the Ford Transit Connect XL include Duratec 2.5L I-4 169hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability, power windows.

2018 Ford
Transit Connect Van

Starting at: $23,120

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Front beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Ground clearance (min) - 152mm (6.0")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Speakers - 2
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 2
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 169hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 171 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.0mm x 100.0mm (3.50" x 3.94")
  • Compression ratio - 9.70 to 1
  • Payload - 667kg (1,470lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,590kg (3,505lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,277kg (5,020lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,417mm (173.9")
  • Exterior body width - 1,834mm (72.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,842mm (72.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,662mm (104.8")
  • Turning radius - 5.5m (18.1')
  • Front legroom - 1,054mm (41.5")
  • Front headroom - 1,189mm (46.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,377mm (54.2")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,466mm (57.7")
  • Passenger volume - 1,790L (63.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 2,999 L (106 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,999 L (106 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - split swing-out
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 169hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 171 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 23mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 15.8gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 20mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 27mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 215/55HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 215/55HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
XL 2018 Ford Transit Connect Van XL Search New $23,120   169-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
XL w/Rear Liftgate 2018 Ford Transit Connect Van XL w/Rear Liftgate Search New $23,120   169-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
XL 2018 Ford Transit Connect Van XL Search New $24,120   169-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
XL w/Rear Liftgate 2018 Ford Transit Connect Van XL w/Rear Liftgate Search New $24,120   169-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
XLT 2018 Ford Transit Connect Van XLT Search New $24,645   169-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
XLT w/Rear Liftgate 2018 Ford Transit Connect Van XLT w/Rear Liftgate Search New $24,645   169-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
XLT 2018 Ford Transit Connect Van XLT Search New $25,645   169-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
XLT w/Rear Liftgate 2018 Ford Transit Connect Van XLT w/Rear Liftgate Search New $25,645   169-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Carlike qualities aren’t limited to appearance. Despite its basic identity as a small commercial van, the Transit Connect drives easily and handles like a passenger car.

Though considerably taller than the compact Focus on which it’s based, the Transit Connect reflects the responsive handling and well-weighted steering found on that sedan and hatchback. The Wagon, in particular, might well qualify as the more nimble and sporty three-row vehicle on the U.S. market.

Performance isn’t as spirited. A Transit Connect can keep up with traffic easily enough, but acceleration falters when it’s filled with passengers or hauling heavy cargo.

Fuel economy beats that of full-size vans, but varies depending on wheelbase, configuration, and features. The commercial Cargo Van is EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined. The Wagon is EPA-rated at 19/27 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined. That latter rating applies to both standard and long-wheelbase Wagons.

Transit Connects can accept E85 ethanol/gasoline fuel. Commercial users can order versions modified to accept natural-gas and LPG fuel.

Walk Around

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In its second-generation form, the Transit Connect exhibits gracefulness and refinement that were absent from the original version. As a result, it stands above such competitors as the Chevrolet City Express, Nissan NV200, and Ram ProMaster City.

Ford designers managed to achieve a proper balance between functionality and visual flair. Body lines are significantly more stylish than those of rivals.

All vehicles in this category essentially amount to a large box, attached to a carlike front end. Compared to the slab-sided first-generation, which placed practicality above form, the current version exudes considerably greater appeal.

Interior Overview

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Excelling in versatility, the 2018 Transit Connect boasts a carlike cabin to complement its attractive exterior. Up front, at least, it feels almost like a compact sedan.

Tight and quiet, the interior is remarkably comfortable for what still amounts to a business-oriented model. The flexibility of the seven-passenger Wagon is especially impressive.

Plenty of buttons dot the dashboard, but overall it’s modern and admirably functional. At the same time, controls and displays are appropriate for tougher commercial conditions. Quality of materials is equivalent to a compact car, though some hard plastic components and tough-looking fittings betray its function-focused background. Standard cloth upholstery promises welcome comfort and is breathable,

Because seats are mounted at normal car height, a high step-up isn’t needed when entering. However, passengers sit higher than usual. Front seats are comfortable and supportive, while providing more than a foot of head clearance.

Passenger comfort also excels in the rear. Two adults fit easily on the second-row bench, but three will feel more crowded than in a minivan. The backrest of the 60/40-split bench can flip forward, allowing the entire seat to drop into the floor. Two seats in the third row slide and fold flat.

Loading is easier than in any other vehicle of this size, helped by a huge tailgate opening and wide sliding doors on each side. Liftover is comparatively low, too. Twin side-hinged rear doors are available as a substitute for the tailgate, but the doors’ central pillars obstruct rearward vision.

Summary

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Small businesses still account for most Transit Connect sales. Even so, families searching for a sensible, flexible people-carrier that’s smaller than a minivan might consider the Wagon. The lighter five-passenger version, in particular, presents a unique blend of practicality and rather enjoyable driving. Beware, though: the complete lack of active-safety options doesn’t bode well for families.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Transit Connect XL Cargo Van ($23,120) comes with vinyl two-passenger seating, vinyl front floor covering, power front windows, remote keyless entry, 16-inch wheels, cruise control, swing-out cargo doors, and sliding side doors. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

Transit Connect XLT Cargo Van ($24,645) adds heated power mirrors, MyKey personalized vehicle settings, cloth seat upholstery, front carpeting, CD player, driver’s lumbar support, and foglamps. A rearview camera and Sync 3 voice-activated infotainment with 6.5-inch touchscreen are optional.

Transit Connect XL seven-passenger Wagon ($25,805) has XL Van equipment, but with three-row seating, a rear liftgate, reverse sensing, and power second-row windows.

Transit Connect XLT seven-passenger Wagon ($25,810) gets XLT Van equipment plus automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, roof rails, a power driver’s seat, and rearview camera. A five-passenger, short-wheelbase XL Wagon is available.

Transit Connect Titanium six-passenger Wagon ($28,435) comes with second-row bucket seats and includes dual-zone automatic climate control, cornering foglamps, Sync 3, 16-inch alloy wheels, and leather seat upholstery. A five-passenger, short-wheelbase Wagon is available.

Disclaimer: All finance terms are subject to final lenders approval
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