Ford believes the most likely Transit Connect buyers are owners of the discontinued 1985-2005 Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari vans, many of which are still in use today.
The Chevrolet HHR Panel Van is closest in size, but it's adapted from a small minivan, so its cargo space is compromised by the rear-seat platform.
The Transit Connect holds twice the HHR's cargo volume.
The Honda Element is the nearest compact boxy crossover.
Beyond that, the only other alternatives are full-size vans from Chevrolet and Ford, with V-8 engines and gas mileage around 15 mpg.
The Dodge equivalent, the Sprinter, is now becoming a Mercedes-Benz, so its future positioning remains unclear.
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|2010 Ford Transit Connect WagonBrowse Used Listings||2010 Chevrolet HHRBrowse Used Listings||2010 Honda ElementBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas I4|
|Special Purpose Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility|
|4-Door Wagon XL||FWD 4-Door LS||2WD 5-Door Automatic LX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Van||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Automatic w/OD|