Passenger Van Review: 2010 Ford Transit Connect

August 10, 2010

It's difficult to put the Ford Transit Connect into one particular category. It has a small 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets a mere 136 horsepower, and is more based on a car than a van. The van also doesn't have the option of a 15 seater like most others in its class. The Connect is not built for heavy loads of cargo either, although the 135 feet of cubic space seems to be adequate for most reviewers.

The Connect is designed for small business owners who are going to be transporting a lot of small items. One complaint is that you can't fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood inside the vehicle. You won't find any outstanding technical features within the interior. There is no MP3 player, Bluetooth technology, or even electric powered door locks in this van. However, you will find that it is well equipped for the average worker, particularly with the tool link system that uses an RFID reader to let the driver know if all the tools required for a job are in the car. You can opt for a printer that can be used inside the vehicle to enable the owner to print receipts and invoices. 

There is also the computer system, which uses 2G and 3G networks to access and input online records. If you are a business owner with a fleet of Connects you can tag each van with the crew tag system. This feature tracks mileage, fuel usage, location, and idle time; a great system that could save business owners a lot of money.It's an ideal van for deliveries and general city usage, it hasn't got a lot of power, but it is economical. The EPA state that the Connect gets 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg while on the highway. As the van is so small it makes it more manoeuvrable and it actually handles quite well for a vehicle of this type. 

There is poor visibility while reversing as the van doesn't have any rear windows as standard. You can opt for windows in the back, but you will still have trouble with blind spots. It would be nice if Ford had offered a back up camera in addition to the back up sensors. 

You can pick up a 2010 Ford Transit Connect for $19,754 for the basic model. Although the van has some flaws, it would be a dream come true for the average small business owner.

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