Great for shopping for large items, just not lumber or plywood. The only major drawback is that it's slightly under powered. Mechanically everything is working well so far. For a full list of safety features, check out the page. Show full review It's not every day we review a commercial van, but Ford's new Transit Connect is too intriguing to pass up. While this may not be the best time to launch a new van, its success or failure could become a leading economic indicator. I bought a 16' board, they cut it in half, and I rested it on the front armrests to get it home.
Repairs, faults, I'll call if something comes up. Blend a Ford Fusion and an E-Series van and you get something like the Transit Connect. There's also no center console storage area to keep personal belongings. I have contacted a Lemon Law Attorney. The in dash computer has never worked correctly and the microphone is so bad no one can hear what I am saying over bluetooth so I don't even bother with it anymore. Uniquely Fun — I like all of this car, my wife is totally indifferent to it! While the Transit Connect is also available with a second-row bench seat for passengers, this van seems destined to appeal to contractors and florists much more than families. The underpowered gas four, four-speed automatic with overdrive, and firm, positive brakes work together well, being plenty adequate for stop-and-go deliveries around town.
When you first see it, you almost expect a few clowns and a circus monkey to jump out one of the sliding side doors and throw a pie in your face. For additional storage space, there is an overhead compartment above the front passenger area. Getting in and out is the easiest with the wide doors, front or back, the chair loads with only a ramp, no lift needed. An electronic stability system with Ford's Roll Stability Control technology is optional. I get alot of looks and thumbs up driving along the busy highway to and from work. On a brief freeway run, the 128 pound-feet strains against the 3500-pound van's light load.
My wagon is now limo quiet. This vehicle is better than every other van I have ever used. Every time I see someon. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest. The van has responsive steering, decent power, comfortable bucket seats and great forward visibility. We're not getting an all-new model, but a lightly updated version of a small truck built in Turkey. Unfortunately, rear visibility in our panel van is as bad as the forward visibility is good.
Much easier and more enjoyable to drive than the E150. Ford believes the Transit Connect will resonate with catering services, flower delivery, home maid services, fishmongers, and even kayak, bike, and surf shops. It helps keep everyday trunk items in place and prevents them from rolling around in the back. A backup camera would be a godsend in panel versions, but one isn't offered. To meet the needs of small businesses and practical-minded consumers, Ford is bringing the Transit Connect, formerly available in Europe and other spots around the globe, to the United States. Originating from Ford's European operations, it's designed to fill a niche in the U. Though we are working through a radio issue corrupted navigation maps they were very professional and no pressure.
Mine vibrates at idle, and back seat rattles if folded down. Even though I have no business renovating a kitchen or arranging a bouquet of roses, I think people with equipment, materials or merchandise to transport will like what the Transit Connect has to offer. Ford has front facing fog lights on the European Transit Connects, but the North American version just has some stupid plastic inserts where the fog lights should go. After years of great success in Europe and elsewhere, the Ford Transit Connect has been brought to the United States for those buyers looking for something big enough to carry moderately large cargo, small enough to easily navigate narrow roads and equipped with the necessary in-cabin technology capable of keeping their cargo, jobs and daily lives organized. Primary Use: Commuting to work Love The Room For The Driver, Lots Of New Gadgets, Great New Ways To Help You Drive.
To get the best price on your Transit Connect, be sure to check our Fair Purchase Prices to see what others in your area are paying for theirs. While North America gets a Duratec gas engine and four-speed automatic only, the rest of the world gets a diesel and five-speed manual only. In-Dash Computer System This Microsoft Windows-based computer system can do just about everything a regular desktop computer can; it even comes with a keyboard and mouse. Came with the cage behind the seats, so I can't recline as much as I'd like to, but this is a minor inconvenience. This helped out with the exterior nose levels as well as improving speaker performance.
I dumped both those vehicles and got a Transit which gives me the best of both worlds. I have installed a pair of Hela fog lamps under the front bumper. The system uses radio frequency identification to make sure tagged tools are secured in the van and not left behind at a job site. Love My Transit — Build Quality and excellent to work out of. Even though the American automaker Ford the 2010 Transit Connect every once in a while since it officially unveiled it, this didn't stop the company from applauding some particular features it boasts. Vehicle Details On the inside, the 2010 Ford Transit Connect isn't much to look at. If rear seats aren't needed, there is over 135 cubic feet of space, and it can carry items up to six feet long and just under five feet wide and tall.
However, the center rear headrest and rear door divider don't allow you to see directly behind the vehicle. Large side windows in front and very upright A-pillars also help visibility. The standard cloth-upholstered bucket seats are supportive, comfortable and have manual adjustments, including a height adjustment for the driver. For instance, Ford says today the 2010 Transit Connect provides a fuel economy of 22 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg in highway cycle, which are basically some of the best fuel consumption ratings in the class. It's kind of annoying, so I usually drive with the center headrest removed. If you're accustomed to driving a panel van, the lack of rear visibility probably isn't a big deal for you. Sitting in it gives a great overall and mostly unobstructed view.