The demand for small vans in the U.S.
hasn't been strong, and few automakers have dipped a toe into the market.
For passenger-car shoppers, the best alternative to the Ford Transit Connect may be the Mazda 5, a compact minivan with seating for up to six and a fold-away third-row seat.
The 5 has good road manners, and is quick enough given its intended duty.
On the commercial side, there's the Nissan NV2000, a configurable box on wheels with a four-cylinder engine teamed to a CVT and front-wheel drive.
It's just as basic as the base Transit Connect, with even less intent to carrying passengers, but has lots of tall-roof cargo space.
|2014 Ford Transit ConnectBrowse Used Listings||2014 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings||2014 Nissan NV200Browse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|SWB XL||4-Door Wagon Manual Sport||I4 S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Cargo Van||Wagon||Cargo Van|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD|