2010 Ford Transit Connect
The computer keyboard stores atop the dash in a netted area; this XLT Transit Connect also includes a Garmin in-dash navigation system with Ford Sync capabilities. While the map included wasn’t terribly detailed, it did manage to get me from one place to another without any problems. The screen is very, very slow to load up and the AM/FM radio does not engage until the navigation system has been acknowledged. Wireless access for the computer and tool link is on the left wall of the van, making this entire package an excellent way to take one’s office on the road.
Access to the Ford Transit Connect is through a key fob that uses one click (each) to open front doors and rear. The key also gives access to the engine compartment by turning the Ford emblem and turning the key. Ingenuous. Seats are comfortable and supportive with fabric that looks durable, particularly for the driver who has height adjustment, an armrest and lumbar support. There are full gauges: tachometer, speedometer, fuel and temperature gauges.
There is a single cupholder in the central tunnel and an ashtray (!) that can be turned into a second cupholder. A 12-volt plug lies at the base of the center stack while USB/SD card ports surround the navigation/audio system. The cigarette lighter can be used as a second 12-volt and another outlet lies at the right rear of the cargo hold.
The plastic steering wheel on the Ford Transit Connect XLT has cruise control embedded. It works very well but one cancels only with the foot to the brake. The cruise does have a separate button on the steering wheel to lower speeds; one accelerates using the “set” button. This system works well on “resume” with very little lag.
In a week filled with trips to home improvement stores, the 2010 Ford Transit Connect was the perfect tool. I didn’t miss the lack of a rearview mirror one bit and, while I wasn’t terribly excited by the navigation system, I found it amusing, showing elevation changes on a minute-by-minute basis. While the navigation system is often difficult to see as it is bathed in a black backlight, the odometer LEDs at the base of the gauge cluster are readily visible.
I was grateful for the reverse sensing system every time I used the Ford Transit Connect XLT on my chores. It surely made parking a lot easier than one would expect for a van with only two windows--none at the rear. Ford warrants this van for three years or 36,000 miles and offers powertrain warranty of 5/60,000.
Were I in the market for a small van, I don’t think there’s anything else in the marketplace that has the potential of this machine with the low carbon footprint. In a cleaner and more sensitive world, anyone who doesn’t need the power of a V-8 but wants the space of, say, a Chevy Suburban, needs to look at this Ford. © 2010 Anne Proffit