2015 Ford Transit Connect vs. Its Competition

2015 Ford Transit Connect
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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 Mazda MAZDA5 4-door Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View2015 Mazda MAZDA5
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2015 Nissan NV200 I4 S Angular Front Exterior View2015 Nissan NV200
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Quick Specs
The 2015 Ford Transit Connect eschews the ungainly mass and size of traditional commercial vans, while the nimble, appealing Wagon that will remind some of when minivans weren't so big and bloated.
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The 2015 Mazda 5 has good road manners and clean styling, but its flexibility is undercut by poor safety ratings.
MSRP From  
$22,330$21,240$20,720
Gas Mileage  
21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class  
N/A2WD MinivansN/A
Style Name  
SWB XL4-Door Wagon Automatic SportI4 S
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
262
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
Cargo VanWagonCompact Cargo Van
Transmission  
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2015 Ford Transit Connect vs. 2015 Mazda MAZDA52015 Ford Transit Connect vs. 2015 Nissan NV200