XLT Cargo Van LWB
2020 Ford Transit Connect

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The Ford Transit Connect is one of very few small cargo vans, and it’s also offered in a passenger version for private customers. It’s built on the underpinnings of the Ford Focus, which makes it easy to maneuver, with nimble, car-like handling. It also boasts the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid minivan in the country. While those aspects are appealing, there are some downsides compared to more traditional minivans, such as modest power, a lack of convenience features, and a large price tag for its size.

Only one engine is available for private customers, a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four making 162 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. It’s coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and returns 24 mpg in town, 29 on the highway and 26 in combined driving. Front-wheel drive is the only drive option. There’s only one body style available, the long-wheelbase with three rows of seats, with room for up to seven passengers. Those seats don’t have especially fancy folding or sliding arrangements like you’ll find in the Chrysler Pacifica or Honda Odyssey, but buyers do have the option of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs.

For 2020, the Transit Connect is mostly carryover, as the exterior and interior were refreshed for 2019, along with the introduction of the 2.0-liter engine. All trims now get automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers. The XLT and Titanium trims now come with standard safety equipment including automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist, which are all optional extras on the base XL trim.

The mid-level XLT trim is the sweet spot for price and equipment level. At $30,430, It costs about $2,000 more than the base XL trim ($28,315), but it comes with all the extra safety equipment listed above, plus the SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, which is vastly better than the XL’s basic stereo. The XLT also has options available that aren’t offered on the XL such as the fixed panoramic sunroof, heated power leather seats and adaptive cruise control.

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The Ford Transit Connect is one of very few small cargo vans, and it’s also offered in a passenger version for private customers. It’s built on the underpinnings of the Ford Focus, which makes it easy to maneuver, with nimble, car-like handling. It also boasts the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid minivan in the country. While those aspects are appealing, there are some downsides compared to more traditional minivans, such as modest power, a lack of convenience features, and a large price tag for its size.

Only one engine is available for private customers, a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four making 162 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. It’s coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and returns 24 mpg in town, 29 on the highway and 26 in combined driving. Front-wheel drive is the only drive option. There’s only one body style available, the long-wheelbase with three rows of seats, with room for up to seven passengers. Those seats don’t have especially fancy folding or sliding arrangements like you’ll find in the Chrysler Pacifica or Honda Odyssey, but buyers do have the option of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs.

For 2020, the Transit Connect is mostly carryover, as the exterior and interior were refreshed for 2019, along with the introduction of the 2.0-liter engine. All trims now get automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers. The XLT and Titanium trims now come with standard safety equipment including automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist, which are all optional extras on the base XL trim.

The mid-level XLT trim is the sweet spot for price and equipment level. At $30,430, It costs about $2,000 more than the base XL trim ($28,315), but it comes with all the extra safety equipment listed above, plus the SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, which is vastly better than the XL’s basic stereo. The XLT also has options available that aren’t offered on the XL such as the fixed panoramic sunroof, heated power leather seats and adaptive cruise control.

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Retail Price

$27,700 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG 24 City / 27 Hwy
Seating 2 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 162 @ 6500 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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