What can you do with a Ford Transit Connect Van? A better question would be what can't you do? This van hauls grandkids, groceries, golf clubs, gardening tools--and that's just things that begin with the letter "G." This hauler is big enough for the biggest enthusiast but small enough to not need a commercial license. In fact, the Ford Transit Connect Van is small enough for any sedan driver to feel right at home. A few big changes are rolling out for 2019, so in this preview guide we'll go over those and then hit the highlights of what's made this van a hit all along.
What's New for 2019?
2019 is a refresh year for the Transit Connect, and Ford is saying this: The future is now, and the future is diesel. That's because the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Van boasts a new optional turbo-diesel 1.5-liter inline-four. This engine is expected to do about 30 miles or more per gallon and horsepower somewhere in the vicinity of 120 hp. That's not a lot for acceleration, but the expected 200 pound-feet of torque should make the grunt work pretty effortless. So load the Transit Connect high with your favorite things. This van can take it.
The Ford Transit Connect is also getting a new eight-speed automatic transmission. That means the Transit Connect will work more efficiently, so this van will have better fuel economy and better acceleration. You'll also find technology filtering down through the trim levels. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to integrate your smartphone into the van's systems, are standard on all but the base trim. And forward collision warning with pedestrian detection comes standard on any Ford Transit Connect.
The Van That Doesn't Drive Like One
You're probably thinking a van like this, a dedicated hauler, isn't easy to drive. There you'd be mistaken. Surprisingly easy to maneuver, the Transit Connect can bob and weave right alongside much smaller vehicles. That's because of its responsive steering and tight cornering. Its relatively low horsepower is greatly helped with an outstanding transmission, making every last horse pull its own weight.
If you want seating, you got it. The Transit Connect can be customized as a five-, six-, or seven-seater. You can choose from two wheelbases, allowing you to make your van big or bigger. You can go with a full interior to make the Transit Connect resemble an SUV, or you can pare the Transit back and make it a work van for tools, equipment, and supplies. Different trims change the level of luxurious, with the upper-tier Titanium being a little slice of heaven on four wheels. You have engine options, tech options, and more. The Transit Connect Van can be mixed and matched to align with your purposes and tastes.
If you have a hobby with lots of equipment, if you have plenty of kids or grandkids to cart around town, if you are an intrepid explorer or tourist, or if you own a small business, the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Van can fit your needs. Just take a look.