Compare 2012 Ford Transit Connect Wagon vs 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

2012 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
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4-Door Wagon XLT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon XLT 22 27 $22,041 $23,660
4-Door Wagon XLT Premium 22 27 $22,177 $23,810
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4-Door Wagon SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg 17 25 $20,810 $20,995
4-Door Wagon SE 17 25 $20,810 $20,995
4-Door Wagon SXT 17 25 $25,450 $26,495
4-Door Wagon Crew 17 25 $27,290 $28,495
4-Door Wagon R/T 17 25 $28,670 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,041
$20,810
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,660
$20,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$394 / month
$350 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you're supporting a small business and need a scaled-down van to fit its needs, the 2012 Ford Transit Connect Wagon fits the bill. With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Special Purpose Vehicle 2WD Minivan
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
50.5 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.6 64.1
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 40.7
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Front Hip Room (in)
50.8 58.4
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 36.5
Front Head Room (in)
51.1 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
59.8 65.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 63.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.1 163.5
Third Leg Room (in)
- 32.7
Third Hip Room (in)
- 48.7
Third Head Room (in)
- 37.9
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 62.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.2 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
180.6 202.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
50.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
79.3 67.9
Liftover Height (in)
23.1 24.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 64.8
Wheelbase (in)
114.6 121.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
52.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 78.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.3 65.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
118.7 143.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 33.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
48.1 49.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.6 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
78.4 83.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
53.7 46.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
72.6 - TBD -
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 12.0 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.9 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.4 20.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 39.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/65R15 P235/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TX4
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBK
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R15 P235/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TX4
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3503 4510
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
500 700
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 160
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
136 @ 6300 283 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas/Ethanol V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4750 260 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
99N ERB
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 2.28
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.65 3.21
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 2.84
Trans Order Code
442 DG2
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.96 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 1.45/1.57
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.82 4.12
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Transit Connect Wagon Dodge Grand Caravan
Body Style
Passenger Van Passenger Van
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf Spring Twist-beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 9.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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