When you need loads of capability, but also a vehicle that's easy to handle, the 2017 Ford Transit Connect is ideal. This van can be outfitted for carrying an impressive amount of cargo, or up to seven people. The latest safety innovations and driver-assistance technologies, plus plenty of onboard amenities only further increase the desirability of this van.
Thanks to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the Ford Transit Connect is a highly capable vehicle. This engine uses intake variable cam timing that's controlled by computer, maximizing fuel economy and performance simultaneously. Peak output is rated at 169 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. You can also get a CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package, allowing you to fill up using alternative fuels.
Mated to the engine is a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. It features wide-range gearing, which contributes to excellent response at low RPMs, plus great efficiency at higher RPMs. With progressive range select, drivers can limit the range of gears the transmission uses, which is ideal when driving through hilly areas. Using the full manual mode, drivers can switch gears themselves, without having to deal with a clutch pedal.
You can tow with the Transit Connect, adding to its overall utility. It's rated at a maximum 2,000 pounds for towing capacity, when outfitted with the optional Trailer Tow Prep Package. Trailer sway control is standard, working with AdvanceTrac with roll stability control.
There are plenty of standard safety features, protecting everyone riding in the van. The airbag system includes side curtains, which deploy from the roof to cover each row of seating. Curve control, torque vectoring control and tire pressure monitoring are also included on all models.
As a cargo van, there's plenty of love about the Transit Connect. With the long wheelbase, there's an 87.3-inch long flat floor. The floor height is low, coming at under two feet, making it easy to load heavier items. Inside, the walls are nearly vertical, boosting utility, while tie-down hooks help you secure items in place. There's also a durable vinyl floor, which can take a real beating day after day without getting damaged. You get quick access to items through the sliding side doors and rear hatch. Alternatively, you can get 50/50 swing-out rear doors, which fold back 180 degrees. Drivers can fold the front passenger seat flat, making it the perfect mobile desk for laptops or filling out forms.
Also compelling are the many available professional upfits for the van. You can get solutions that are ideal for your profession, keeping supplies and tools organized.
As the passenger wagon, the Transit Connect fits five or seven people, depending on the length. With the two-row model, you can completely remove the rear seats, making it easier to transport larger amounts of cargo.
No matter which version you pick, the van has a decidedly modern interior. The instruments and controls are designed for ease of use, so drivers can concentrate on the road. Among the standard systems is cruise control, and overhead storage shelf, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel and a front center console with cupholders.