It ain't a looker, but the Ford Transit Connect Wagon is more functional than a Gobot and has returned the word "mini" to The Blue Oval's van selection. Ford is screaming from the Transit Connect Wagon's optional panoramic roof that it's "anticipating up to" 30 highway miles per gallon for buyers choosing the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The other powerplant choice is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, both connected to a six-speed transmission.

Smaller families can go with the five-seater version, while the seven-seater will be available on a longer wheelbase for larger clans. Trims are XL, XLT and the familiar Titanium, all of them boasting sliding side doors, fold-flat second and third rows and payload capacities beyond 1,200 pounds. There are two rear-entry options to boot, either a rear liftgate or side-hinged cargo doors if you insist on being reminded of the commercial roots of your minivan.

The five-seater is in the high-res gallery above, the seven-seater in the one below, with both demonstrating that it's the beauty inside that matters most.


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      Eric M
      • 2 Years Ago
      She may not be a looker, but did you read? She's got TWO rear-entry options!!
      cpmanx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey--you photograph a van whose *entire* point is 7-passenger seating and cargo room, and you don't include any shots of the third row or the cargo area? But instead, close-ups of the wheels and the "Titanium" logo? Think, people, think. You know, I like the utilitarian ugliness of this thing. It's far more distinctive than just about anything else costing less than $50,000 at the LA show, it actually has some genuinely eccentric styling elements (a shocker these days), and the high-end interior shown in the 7-passenger version is actually kind of pleasant. Those second-row seats, on the other hand, look suspiciously like aftermarket options bolted onto a cargo van...which they sort of are. I wonder how (un)comfortable they are. Lots of unknowns here. Are the ride, handling, noise level, and interior comfort up to the level of the competition? Because I'm quite beguiled by the boxy anti-hipness and vast interior volume of this thing, but I really wonder how it would serve as a daily driver.
        Mic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cpmanx
        especially when they say "The five-seater is in the high-res gallery above, the seven-seater in the one below, with both demonstrating that it's the beauty inside that matters most." Out of the 15 pics of the seven-seater only 3 are interior shots, wtf? we want to see more of that beauty inside!!
        fred schumacher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cpmanx
        Will it swallow full 4x8 sheets with the rear hatch closed like my Grand Caravan?
          icerabbit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fred schumacher
          After a fair bit of additional searching. According to a UK site the American long model version will be 190" long, with a wheel base of 121. Where a GC/T&C is about a foot longer, currently 203 with also a wheel base of 121. So while it looks spacious in some other sites' interior photos and looks longer than the current model (with 6ft ish cargo) it may come up 6-12" short for those people looking for a Grand Caravan alternative.
          icerabbit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fred schumacher
          Highly doubtful. I haul bulky stuff on a weekly basis and looked at the cargo version when it was announced as a possible replacement for my aging Town & Country van, and the Transit Connect comes up way short. I'll probably get another full size minivan.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Homely? I dunno, I kinda like it.
        Steven Bremer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Same here and this will likely be our next vehicle.
          johnb
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steven Bremer
          I'm thinking the same thing, I want one. In fact my mom is looking for something like this. Might have to take her shopping when they show up in the dealerships.
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        I dig it too. Not sure why they said it looks homely.
      HotHactchHopeful
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funky in a goodway, carries boat-loads of cargo, unique to it's segment. Yea... I like it!
      24994J
      • 2 Years Ago
      It may not be gorgeous, but it's not really THAT bad.
      Clock
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope the payload capacity is well beyond 1,200 if it wants to tow seven Americans.
      raughle1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think driving this around I'd feel like I was giving all the CUV (and a lot of minivan) drivers the finger. I'd imagine them looking down their noses at me and I'd like that. I'll take mine with the cargo doors on the back. That would kick @ss if someone made a pop-up camper top option like the old VW Vanagon. This might sound weird, but I think they should also have an alloy-wheel-delete option and just give me black 15-inch steelies so I can spend that money on other options.
      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Focus swallowed a Sprinter.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      A great vehicle for this economy. If you get laid off, you can always live in it down by the river, like the late Chris Farley.
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        What about living out of it, while you follow your favorite band on tour around the country...
      ocnblu
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is pretty cool. The 5-seater would make a fine daily driver, then it would be great for weekend camping trips for one or two people with the second row folded. I like it.
        ocnblu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ocnblu
        I'd take an XLT 5-seater with Ecoboost and panel doors out back. But not in silver or mustard metallic as these are shown.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Panoramic taillights to go with the panoramic roof! Ginormous!
      24994J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Case in point... http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/29/2013-honda-crosstour-la-2012/
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