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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
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rearward visibility is limited to the side mirrors
As an urban commercial vehicle, the 2010 Ford Transit Connect will likely spend much of its time traveling at 40 miles per hour or less with only a single occupant. It scores well on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) front and side barrier impact tests, but has not yet been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Front and side airbags are standard for front-seat passengers. The Transit Connect also comes with four-wheel anti-lock braking, tire pressure monitors, and automatic door locks. Electronic stability control is optional on Cargo models, but standard on the Wagon version. Daytime running lights are also optional.
The main criticism in reviews of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect concerns visibility. USA Today sums it up: "Rear visibility was terrible, and that's with optional side and back windows." The "high driving position and tall windows" give "superb" forward visibility, says Popular Mechanics, noting that optional backup sensors "help with parallel parking," although Autoblog points out that the Transit Connect "isn't available with a rear-view camera." Motor Trend suggests most workers will "appreciate the ‘normal' seating position" that keeps drivers at eye level more with "tall cars and crossovers."
The 2010 Ford Transit Connect does well on NHTSA crash tests, but the limited visibility inherent in a panel van body can pose major challenges for inexperienced drivers.