2013 Ford Transit Connect Wagon vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford Transit Connect
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

At its size, and with its four-cylinder powertrain, the Transit Connect really doesn't have much competition for utility buyers.

In the purely commercial market, the Chevy Express and GMC Savana are still around, but neither are what you'd call contemporary--they're full-size vans that come in truly industrial-grade versions, and roll on a dated truck-based chassis, with dynamics and safety features reflecting their age.

The Mazda5 is a small, sporty minivan but it's one that's designed for carrying people, not a complete business on wheels.

Finally, a basic Dodge Grand Caravan will cost under $25,000 and can do most of the same tasks--with V-6 power--but with its recently new interior, it's even too nice for the kinds of work tasks the Transit Connect specializes in.

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6.8
Plumbers and pet-sitters will be well-suited to the Ford Transit Connect, but a traditional minivan's a better choice for family hauling.
8.2
Function reigns supreme in the Dodge Grand Caravan: it has the best seating system and infotainment features of any minivan, and gas mileage and safety scores are excellent.
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If you don't mind being seen in a minivan--but don't want to feel like you're driving one--the 2013 Mazda 5 fits the bill, though it's short on some features.
MSRP From  
$24,050$19,995$19,940
Gas Mileage  
22 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4
EPA Class  
2WD Special Purpose Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Minivan
Style Name  
4-Door Wagon XLT4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg4-Door Wagon Manual Sport
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
576
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
Passenger VanPassenger VanMinivan
Transmission  
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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