2017 Ford Transit Connect Van Test Drive Review

2017 Ford Transit Connect Van Test Drive Review
- Ford is one of few companies offering a three-row passenger version of its compact cargo van, 2017 Ford Transit Connect Titanium sits at an odd place in the market, multisize, multifunction vans, designation for the smaller series

- Nissan NV200 and its Chevrolet City Express twin are strictly work trucks

- similar shape and purpose is the Mercedes-Benz Metris, a foot longer with a 5.4-inch-greater wheelbase

- three-row, long-wheelbase version of the Transit Connect to serve minivan buyers

- cannot be alternative to the Chrysler Pacifica, the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna

- a short-wheelbase (SWB) version with a 104.8-inch span between its axles and a total length of 173.9 inches, five-to-seven-person seating

- a long-wheelbase (LWB) model with a 120.6-inch wheelbase and a total length of 189.7 inches, six or seven-passenger

- rear barn-style swing-open doors or a liftgate on XL and XLT trims

- liftgate is standard on the top-spec Titanium.

- our test $31,320 long-wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon in Titanium trim with six-person seating, equipped with the Premium package, 17-inch black-finished aluminum wheels, a large fixed-glass sunroof, forward and reverse parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, the $395 Trailer Tow package and $45 daytime running lamps

- a vanlike height and length but a more carlike 72.2-inch width, just 0.4 inch wider than a Focus

- panoramic visibility by the large windows, a planted chassis, light and precise steering

- 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder, 169 horsepower, 171 lb-ft of torque, less than 208-hp turbocharged inline-four in the Metris, the V-6s in the Sienna, the Pacifica and the next-gen Odyssey

- eight, nine, 10-speed transmissions, zero to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds

- Ford Transit Connect’s interior is not luxurious, no screens integrated into the headrests, no USB ports in the rear, no built-in vacuums, no stowaway seats, no moody ambient lighting

- Sync 3 infotainment system in the dashboard along with rear-seat entertainment

- a distinctive shape and appearance, lower cost, and tight-space maneuverability that is superior to almost every other van

Starting Price $26,690
Vehicle Type 4 door van, front engine, front wheel drive
Engine DOHC 16-valve inline-4, port fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 169 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 171 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Displacement 2488 cc, 152 cu in
Wheelbase 120.6 in
Length 189.7 in
Width 72.2 in
Height 72.0 in
Curb weight 4012 lb
Passenger volume 166 cu ft
Cargo volume 16.0 cu ft
0-60 mph 10.1 sec
0-100 mph 43.9 sec
Top speed 110 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 10.3 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 4.8 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 7.0 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 170 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 19/27 mpg
C/D observed 19 mpg
Pros inexpensive, effortless ingress and egress
Cons loud, interior not luxurious, anemic engine