The federal government has crash-tested the 2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon, and the news is good—with this seven-passenger model achieving top five-star results.
It’s especially noteworthy as in its last-generation version, the Ford Transit Connect was strictly a commercial vehicle. But with the latest version, which made its debut this past summer, the passenger-oriented Transit Connect Wagon is a significant part of the model line.
The result is something that a lot of families might like—a nimble, appealing wagon that will remind some of when so-called minivans weren’t so big, bloated, and high-priced.
In federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, the Transit Connect Wagon earns four stars for frontal impact, yet it aced the federal side crash tests, with five-star results in the driver front seat and passenger rear seat subcategories, as well as in the side pole test. Combined, it’s a five-star side-impact performer for front and rear passengers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn’t crash-tested the Transit Connect or Transit Connect Wagon, but it did recently find in a test of (larger) minivan models that some of them—like the Chrysler Town & Country and the Nissan Quest—don’t provide the better occupant protection they promise as family vehicles in certain types of crashes. The Honda Odyssey, at this point, is the lone minivan model that’s achieved top ‘good’ results in that agency’s small overlap frontal test.
While the safety picture isn’t entirely as complete as it might be for other minivans, you can rest assured that safety equipment is at least up to par in the Transit Connect. It includes three-row airbags on seven-passenger Wagon models. A rearview camera system is available, as are forward and reverse sensing, as well as Ford’s MyKey system, which lets you change some settings to allow for new drivers in the house.