Demand hasn't been strong for small vans in the U.S., and few automakers have ventured into the market.
But that's slated to change.
Early next year, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City should provide another interesting alternative to the Transit Connect -- although the Ram won't be offered with three rows of seating.
Otherwise, for passenger-car shoppers, the best alternative may be the Mazda 5, a compact minivan with seating for up to six and a fold-away third-row seat.
With the 5 you'll find good road manners, and it's quick enough given its intended duty.
On the commercial side, there's the Nissan NV200, a configurable box on wheels with a four-cylinder engine teamed to a CVT and front-wheel drive.
It's just as basic as the base Transit Connect, with even less intent to carrying passengers.
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|2015 Ford Transit ConnectBrowse Used Listings||2015 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings||2015 Nissan NV200Browse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|SWB XL||4-Door Wagon Automatic Sport||I4 S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Cargo Van||Wagon||Compact Cargo Van|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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|2015 Ford Transit Connect vs. 2015 Mazda MAZDA5||2015 Ford Transit Connect vs. 2015 Nissan NV200|