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2011 Ford Transit Connect: Dressed-Up For Family Duty

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So far, Ford has focused on commercial customers—electricians, plumbers, flower shops, and the like—for its Transit Connect. But there's a lot of potential in the Transit Connect's package for family use as well.

For that, at the Los Angeles Auto Show this past week, Ford revealed a new 2011 Transit Connect XLT Premium that's designed for personal-use. Whether for families or those who might just want that van-like space for weekend antiquing or trips out to Home Depot, the new Premium model has seating for five and is a little less stark and cargo-oriented.

The XLT Premium Wagon offers a little more interior comfort and improved visibility versus the commercial versions, as well as the five-passenger Transit Connect Wagon models that have already been available. Flip-open rear quarter windows, wheelhouse covers, and different cargo-space surface trim and "enhanced second-row passenger comfort" are all part of the Premium Wagon offerings—as are blind-spot side-view mirrors, a rear-view camera, and rear cargo door windows.

In The Car Connection's full review of the 2010 Transit Connect, John Voelcker noted its very space-efficient layout and good fuel economy as pros, but pointed to the leisurely acceleration from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission as a drawback. Altogether, the Transit Connect provides the same 135 cubic feet of cargo space, 1,600-pound payload, and 21 mpg city, 26 highway EPA rating as the other versions.


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