2012 Ford Transit Connect Wagon vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

To give you an idea of how unique the Transit Connect is, consider the only other vehicles that bear some of the same traits.

On the passenger-car side, try the Honda Element--discontinued for the 2012 model year, but lined with plastic for easy clean-up, and outfitted with flip-and-fold seats to carry children as easily as it does pets and cargo.

On the commercial-vehicle side, the next step from a TC is something like the GMC Savana, a full-size van that comes in truly industrial-grade versions, and rolls on a dated truck-based chassis, with dynamics and safety features reflecting its age.

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2012 Toyota Sienna2012 Toyota Sienna
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2012 Honda Odyssey 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Odyssey
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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
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2012 Mazda MAZDA5 4-door Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mazda MAZDA5
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2012 Nissan Quest2012 Nissan Quest
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Quick Specs
If you're supporting a small business and need a scaled-down van to fit its needs, the 2012 Ford Transit Connect Wagon fits the bill.
It's not as flexible as some minivans, but the 2012 Toyota Sienna is large, safe, and still has options for four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive.
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is the priciest of the minivans, but innovative seating and excellent handling set it apart from all the rest.
With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels.
The nimble and fuel-efficient 2012 Mazda5 appeals to parents who don’t mind being seen in a minivan but don’t want to feel like they’re driving one.
It's less spacious and less flexible than before, but the 2012 Nissan Quest drives better than other minivans.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Special Purpose Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon XLT5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)5-Door LX4-Door Wagon SE4-Door Wagon Manual Sport4-Door S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Passenger Van5 Door Reg WB4 DoorPassenger Van5 Door Wagon4 Door Minivan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualContinuously variable ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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