2019 Transit-250 New Car Test Drive
The Ford Transit is plain-looking cargo or passenger van that emphasizes the interior space it so lavishly provides. It's available with two wheelbases, three body lengths, and three roof heights, and also can be configured with a chassis or cutaway cab. It's comfortable enough for long hauls. It's unchanged for 2019, except doors that open wider in some configurations.
The Transit is all about individual configuration. Most vans leave the factory with unfinished details, to be completed by a contractor. Base vans are bare bones, with vinyl seats and inexpensive but rugged interior materials, although cloth seats and audio systems are available.
Passenger vans can carry up to 15 people including the driver. The wheelbase is either 130 or 148 inches.
The base engine is a 3.7-liter V-6 that makes a strong 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An optional 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 makes 310 hp and 400 lb-ft, while a 3.2-liter 5-cylinder turbodiesel makes 185 hp and 350 lb-ft. All engines are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive only.
Transit vans get better fuel mileage than most pickup trucks. The Ford is EPA-rated at 14 mpg city, 18 highway, 16 combined, with the base 3.7-liter V-6. The turbocharged V-6 with more horsepower and much more torque (which means better towing and more cargo-carrying), doesn't pay a penalty for its power, at 15/18/16 mpg.
The 3.2-liter 5-cylinder turbodiesel isn't rated by the EPA.
The NHTSA gives the Transit four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side protection. The models with the highest roof get only two stars for rollover safety. The IIHS hasn't tested the van at all.
Standard safety equipment includes airbags, stability control, and a rearview camera. Blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors are available on most configurations above the base models, both of which we believe are necessary with a vehicle like this..
Most of the Transit vans will be custom-ordered or customized for specific work detail. Available in passenger, cargo, chassis cab, or cutaway configurations in multiple wheelbases and roof heights, Transit vans come out of the factory all mixed.
Base vans are equipped with vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, a rearview camera, and power windows. Passenger versions can add increasing creature comforts such as leather upholstery, navigation, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, better audio, and rear climate controls. Chassis cab versions have seating for two. Pretty much everything else is added after the van leaves the factory. .