2012 Ford Transit Connect Wagon vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

To give you an idea of how unique the Transit Connect is, consider the only other vehicles that bear some of the same traits.

On the passenger-car side, try the Honda Element--discontinued for the 2012 model year, but lined with plastic for easy clean-up, and outfitted with flip-and-fold seats to carry children as easily as it does pets and cargo.

On the commercial-vehicle side, the next step from a TC is something like the GMC Savana, a full-size van that comes in truly industrial-grade versions, and rolls on a dated truck-based chassis, with dynamics and safety features reflecting its age.

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Quick Specs
7.0
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.
8.2
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is the priciest of the minivans, but innovative seating and excellent handling set it apart from all the rest.
8.0
It's not as flexible as some minivans, but the 2012 Toyota Sienna is large, safe, and still has options for four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive.
7.2
The nimble and fuel-efficient 2012 Mazda5 appeals to parents who don’t mind being seen in a minivan but don’t want to feel like they’re driving one.
7.8
With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels.
7.4
The aging Kia Sedona still offers the usual minivan virtues of people-carrying and cargo-toting, but there are newer, more flexible, safer choices.
MSRP From     
$23,660$28,375$25,060$19,625$20,995$24,900
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Special Purpose Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD MinivanMinivan - 2WD
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon XLT5-Door LX5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)4-Door Wagon Manual Sport4-Door Wagon SE4-Door Wagon LX
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
577677
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Passenger Van4 Door5 Door Reg WB5 Door WagonPassenger VanPassenger van
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticManualAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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