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2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon: First Drive Page 3

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Although otherwise, cargo space is very, very impressive, whether by the numbers (104.2 cubic feet behind the first row, with the second row folded) or by real stuff space.

The other gripe is that, as much as we love how the Transit Connect Wagon feels like what it is—the front clip of a Focus or Escape, and its nimble running gear, pulling a squared-off van body—that's too much what it feels like in some quality and trim areas. Outside of the dash, there's an underlying feeling of cheapness in some of the storage areas, for instance, and lots of hard injection-molded edges wherever you might place things.

Admittedly, the starting price of around $25,000 is well below the $40k bottom-line price that's now quite typical for those bloated minivans. And Ford (mostly) makes up for those inadequacies with some really top-notch noise insulation—keeping engine, wind, and road noise out.

Will DIY types make the minivan cool again?

While we’re not sure how many rock-collecting professors or Maker Faire attendees (these were actual examples from Ford) would be able to afford a Transit Connect—and choose it over a 20-year-old Volvo wagon—this sort of double-speak goes a long way toward doing what we think Ford is really trying to do with this unminivan. That is, to convince some American families—just a few here and there, really—that vans are cool again.

Of course, to those hipster-types, boldly calling it a minivan might have made the Transit Connect Wagon cooler yet.

And well, that's just ironic.

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