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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
high-tech accoutrements are icing on the cake
mixes capability and quality in a wholly unprecedented level for the price
unfamiliar European switchgear and key
The base price of $21,475 for the simplest model of 2010 Ford Transit Connect comes with little more than air conditioning and a simple radio. The XLT model that starts at $22,300, says Popular Mechanics, "adds amenities like power windows and door locks," along with "keyless entry and cruise control," notes ConsumerGuide. The Transit Connect includes an auxiliary stereo input jack, ConsumerGuide continues, but the USB port "can't be used for a digital music player" but only drives containing data.
As Jalopnik notes, the 2010 Ford Transit Connect "comes with a host of optional electro-wizardry." ToolLink uses RFID tags to keep track of tools inside the vehicle, which Popular Mechanics notes is "helpful for ensuring no tools are forgotten" at job sites.
Motor Trend deems the $1,395 in-dash computer "the most versatile option," noting it includes remote desktop-access software, a hands-free phone, and a Garmin GPS unit, which ConsumerGuide says "strays from the Ford norm" for navigation systems. An optional wireless keyboard and printer can be stored in the full-width shelf above the windshield.
The Crew Chief vehicle tracking integrates what Popular Mechanics calls a "boss-is-watching GPS device" to report on throttle position, vehicle speed and location, seatbelt usage, and even excessive idling.
ConsumerGuide notes that neither satellite radio nor the Ford Sync voice-activated control interface is available. At the end of the day, while driving the $21,475 Transit isn't terribly exciting, says Road & Track, if you own a business, "the benefits to your bottom line will be."
The 2010 Ford Transit Connect is a basic, low-cost van with a remarkable array of options that can make it part of a carefully monitored, efficient commercial fleet.