The 2014 Transit Connect Wagon is not a minivan, according to Ford, but this people mover certainly has many of the features of one: a low step-in height, sliding doors and seating for seven in the long-wheelbase version.
While at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com Family writers Carrie Kim, a mom of one, and BreAnn Ahara, a mom of three, checked out the Transit Connect Wagon and came away with differing opinions on whether it will work well for families.
Carrie Kim: I know I'm definitely in the minority of most moms, but I'd rock a Ford Transit Connect Wagon. Seriously, I would. I'm not asking for one for Christmas or anything, but if I needed to transport people with a lot of stuff, I think it would work. And by work, I mean not only well, but comfortably and efficiently, too.
BreAnn Ahara: Yes, Carrie, you are definitely in the minority. I don't understand where Ford is going with this wagon. As a minivan-loving mom who favors function over form, you couldn't pay me to drive around in that thing. Wait. Scratch that, you probably could pay me ... and considering that the only people up to this point that I've seen driving around in the Transit Connect are the local ADT reps, apparently that's true for most.
It ain't pretty, but the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon may be able to fill a void in the passenger-car marketplace with its spacious interior, room for seven and promising 30-plus mpg estimates with an optional engine. Most widely known as a commercial workhorse van, this second-generation people-carrying Transit Connect Wagon is far from just a commercial van with extra seating.
Inside, the cabin feels like a modern Ford passenger vehicle, with the looks and features you’d expect to find in a family hauler. There's overhead storage up front and available overhead storage in the rear rows, flat-folding second and third rows in seven-passenger models, and a liftgate – dual side-hinged cargo doors are available. MyFord Touch and voice-activated Sync are available features, as well as a panoramic roof, leather seating and heated seats.
Ford introduced an all-new cargo van for 2014, and Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek takes a look at the passenger variant of the Ford Transit Connect. Available in short- or long-wheelbase form, the Transit Connect Wagon seats up to seven and gets a class-leading 30 mpg thanks to an optional EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. This isn’t just a commercial van with seats in it; the Transit Connect Wagon offers plenty of storage — a generous 100 cubic feet of cargo volume with the seats folded flat — and luxury features like heated leather seats, a panoramic roof and MyFord Touch.
Ford may have gotten out of the minivan segment years ago, but it's still solidly in the people-mover market. Its Transit Connect van lineup is growing to include a new seven-passenger version.
You see them at convention centers, airports, hotels, resorts and spas. Your mechanic, cable guy and even your favorite band will probably pull up in one. Even America's celebrities get carted around in them on movie sets; and, if you're unfortunate enough, it'll be your police wagon on your way to jail.
Of course, we're talking about the Ford E-Series (formerly called the Econoline/Club Wagon). The E-Series, which is by far the best-selling full-size cargo van, is due for a complete overhaul. When the new model goes on sale here later this year, it will adopt a much more international look and get a new name: behold the 2014 Ford Transit.
After more than a decade, an all-new Ford Transit Connect is coming to Europe and the U.S., according to PickupTrucks.com.
The Transit Connect was one of the first globally sourced Ford vehicles announced under CEO Alan Mulally's "One Ford" strategy. The small van, which is manufactured in Turkey, was already pretty old by the time it reached U.S. shores in 2009; it was originally conceived in 2002.
The new model looks more aerodynamic compared with the slab-sided version we have now. Ford says the Transit Connect will get a more carlike interior, too, though pictures weren’t available.
Ford says the North American market will get a range of gasoline powertrains with the Transit Connect. Right now, it is powered by a sole 2.0-liter inline-four. No word yet if the Ford Transit Connect Electric will make it here when the model is redesigned.
The new Transit Connect is expected to hit the U.S. by the end of 2013.
Ford is recalling 16,330 model-year 2011-12 Transit Connects because the wiper arms might not be correctly riveted, which could cause inconsistent clearing of the windshield or possible detachment of the wiper arm, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If the wiper arm detaches, the windshield wiper will fail and the driver’s visibility could be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners of the safety recall by Monday. For more info, owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.
Ford plans on selling an electric version of its Focus compact car, but the automaker’s first gas-free offering is the Transit Connect Electric. Based on the van that was launched in the U.S. for 2010, the Transit Connect Electric trades the traditional version’s 136-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine for a 74-hp electric motor and a 28-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. But are more robust acceleration and a smaller carbon footprint enough to justify the 2012 Transit Connect Electric’s $35,000 price premium over the base version? According to Cars.com Editor Mike Hanley, Transit Connect Electric’s high cost will be a significant hurdle to its success.
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