2018 Ford Transit Connect

#16
in Midsize vans
2018 MODEL
$23,120 - $25,645 See Inventory Prices

7.0

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Need a van for your business? Take a look at the 2018 Ford Transit Connect Cargo. It competes with the likes of Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker Cargo, the Nissan NV 200 Cargo, and the Ram Pro Master City tradesman cargo.


6.9/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

6.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

With a price starting from $23,215, the Ford is cheaper than the Mercedes- Benz and the Ram Pro master, while being a little expensive than the Nissan. With this price, comes a 2.5-liter I4 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission that generates about 160 hp of power at 6000 rpm and 171 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. The Ford Transit offers ride comfort and great handling for a minivan. However, its cargo capacity is underwhelming among its peers. Still, the cabin is loaded with plenty of tech like standard 4G LTE to keep you connected while you are doing the business.

2018 Ford Transit Connect Features

6.9/10

The Transit Connect get climate control, an LCD display with steering controls and LED lighting in the higher trim. The 2018 Ford Transit Connect Cargo comes in two trims. Both these trims are powered by a 2.5-liter I4 engine that generates about 169 hp at 6000 rpm and 171 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm.

Trim

Transit Connect Cargo XL

Transit Connect Cargo XLT

MSRP

$23,215

$24,740

Key

Features

QuickClear Electric Windshield Defroster - Includes Heated Washer Jets and Power Adjust, Heated Exterior Mirrors

Front-Row Manual Climate Control

Remote Keyless-Entry with 2 Key Fobs

4-Spoke Steering Wheel

Rear Cargo Area Light LED

AM/FM Stereo with audio input jack

AM/FM Stereo with audio input jack

Power Adjust, Heated Exterior Mirrors with Manual Fold Black

Daytime Running Lamps

Front-Row Manual Climate Control

Dual-Zone Front Auto Temperature Control

Remote Keyless-Entry with 2 Key Fobs

Premium Carpeted Floor Mats

4.2" LCD Multi-function display with steering wheel controls

AM/FM Stereo, single-CD player, and audio input jack

SYNC with rearview camera - includes AM/FM Stereo, single-CD player, HD Radio,SiriusXM satellite radio, SYNC with USB, 6.5" LCD touch screen with Navigation

Front Fog Lamps

We Recommend

The Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT offers the balance between price and available features boasting amenities like the steering controls and climate control. We recommend you go for the XLT.

2018 Ford Transit Connect Engine

6.9/10

Our recorded 50-to-70-mph time of 7.0 seconds means drivers are going to have to second-guess every attempt to pass other cars in traffic.- Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Ford Transit Connect Cargo is powered by a 2.5-liter I4 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard and produces about 169 hp of power at 6000 rpm and 171 lb-ft of Torque at 4500 rpm.

Models

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Mercedes-Benz Metris

Worker Cargo

Nissan NV200

S cargo

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo

MSRP

$23,215

$25,995

$21,900

$23,995

Engine

2.5L l4

2.0L l4

2.0L l4

2.4L l4

Transmission

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

CVT automatic

9-speed automatic

Horsepower

169 hp @ 6000 rpm

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

131 hp @ 5600 rpm

178 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

171 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

139 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

174 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

All these cars offer an automatic transmission type except for the Nissan NV 200 which has a CVT Automatic Transmission.

Acceleration

Nothing can be said of the Ford Transit in terms of 0-60 mph pickup time taken and quarter mile, as the data is not available. However, 0 to 60 mph time is one of the last things a person will ask about a van.

Models

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Mercedes-Benz Metris

Worker Cargo

Nissan NV200

S cargo

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo

0-60 MPH

N/A

N/A

10.0

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

2.5L

2.0L

2.0L

2.4L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

8.0

7.1

7.4

Handling and Steering

The easier maneuverability and handling are the two reasons why one should buy the Ford transit. With its Unibody chassis and front wheel drive capability, this feels like a comfortable sedan rather than a cargo van.

The steering effort is low in the Transit and is the best in terms of handling in this segment. Plenty of sound deadening dampen the Engine noise to a pleasant level.

Braking

We cannot say much about the braking of the 2018 Ford Transit Connect Cargo as its braking distance is not yet known. However, one can assume that to complement its impressive ride quality.

Model

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker Cargo

Nissan NV200S cargo

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

11.8

11.1

12.0

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

11.0

9.0

10.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,505

4,222

3,260

3,512

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

137

N/A

What we get to know from this data is that the Nissan NV 200 Cargo is the lightest of the lot, while the Mercedes Benz Metris worker Cargo being the heaviest. The Ford and the Ram Pro master are of almost the same weight and are slotted somewhere in between.

Towing Capacity

The Ford Transit Connect does offer a decent towing capacity when looked at its rivals. Here again, the Mercedes Benz leads the way with a class defining 5000 lbs. towing capacity. While the Ford and the Ram come second with 2000 lbs. The capacity of the Nissan NV 200 is not known yet.

Model

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Mercedes-Benz Metris

Worker Cargo

Nissan NV200

S cargo

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo

Maximum Towing Capacity

2000 lbs.

5000 lbs.

N/A

2000 lbs.

2018 Ford Transit Connect Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2018 Ford Transit Connect, in cargo or passenger versions, offers better fuel economy than full-size vans. - Carconnection

The 2018 Ford Transit Connect Cargo gives a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city, and 27 mpg on the highway. These figures are at par its rivals, considering the Ford Transit is not the lightest car.

Model

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Mercedes-Benz Metris

Worker Cargo

Nissan NV200

S cargo

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo

MPG (city)

20

21

24

21

MPG (highway)

27

24

26

28

MPG (combined)

23

22

25

24

Here, again the Ram Pro master is the closest with a combined economy of 24 mpg. The other two are not far either, with the Mercedes Benz and the Nissan giving 22 mpg and 25 mpg respectively.

2018 Ford Transit Connect Interior

The quality of the interior materials is below that of many Ford products but is still pretty nice for its class. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The dashboard of the Transit is more like Ford's Escape SUV. This would feel more car-ish than most minivans do. The Cargo type has two seats up front.The seats of the Transit Connect are decent enough for those long highways ride. The legroom and headroom are decent with a capacious glovebox for those work documents.

Model

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Mercedes-Benz Metris

Worker Cargo

Nissan NV200

S cargo

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

46.9/57.7/41.5

39.6/-/35.8

41.7/54.1/42.6

46.0/59.3/40.8

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • 12-volt powerpoints (Passenger Wagon; 3) (Cargo Van; 1)
  • Cargo area tie-down hooks (floor-mounted)
  • Cruise control
  • Driver's seatback map pocket
  • Dual front map lights and rear overhead courtesy light
  • Front center closeable console with 2 cupholders
  • Front inner door bins with bottle recesses and illuminated window switches
  • Overhead storage shelf with grab handles
  • Power door locks with central locking
  • Power front windows with one-touch-down on driver's side
  • Rear cargo area light
  • Rear cupholders 2 in 2nd row, and 2 in 3rd row
  • Remote Keyless Entry System with 2 key fobs
  • Speedometer with tachometer and trip computer
  • Tilt/telescoping steering column

Infotainment

The Transit connect offers 4G LTE as standard. A 6-inch touchscreen is used to interact with various vehicle systems.

Also, it does have the basic features like:

  • AM/FM stereo with single-CD player, audio input jack, HD Radio and 4 speakers
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month trial subscription
  • Voice-activated Navigation System1 with pinch-to-zoom capability
  • Integrated SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link with 5-year subscription

Cargo

The Ford Transit Connect does have a decent sized cargo space which maybe not the best in class, but still does the job of a cargo van.

Model

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Mercedes-Benz Metris

Worker Cargo

Nissan NV200

S cargo

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

103.9

183.0

122.7

131.7

Here again, the Mercedes Benz leads the pack with a storage space of about 183.0 ft3, followed by the Ram Pro master city with 131.7 ft3. The Nissan NV 200 cargo comes third with a storage capacity of 122.7 ft3, while the Ford transit is nowhere close at 103.9 ft3.

2018 Ford Transit Connect Exterior

6.9/10

The new Transit Connect is one of the few small vans offering the choice of a traditional liftgate or split cargo doors that open up to 180 degrees.- Kelley Blue Book

Now in the 2nd generation, the Ford Transit has gained a bit of style from the previous version. Although the minivan still looks boxy form sides, it has acquired the front grille similar to most Ford Passenger cars.

Dimension and Weight

With its sleek design, the Ford transit has to be the best looking Minivan currently available in the market. The sliding side doors make loading the cargo easier and the wide opening rear doors can swallow large items easily.

Model

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Mercedes-Benz Metris

Worker Cargo

Nissan NV200S cargo

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,505

4,222

3,260

3,512

Length(in)

173.9

202.4

186.3

187.5

Width(in)

72.2

75.9

68.1

72.1

Height(in)

72.5

75.2

73.7

74.0

Ground clearance (in)

6.0

4.4

6.5

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

104.8

126.0

115.2

122.4

Track width (in) F/R

61.4/61.7

N/A

60.0/59.8

N/A

The more important is the exterior dimension it is one of the smallest cargo vans available in the market. This, of course, means it will carry less than its rivals but if you are in search of a tiny maneuverable van that can fit into small garage and tight parking spaces, this is it.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Dual sliding side doors
  • Gray grille and upper grille bar, gray body side moldings, and black door handles and headlamp bezels
  • Easy Fuel capless fuel filler
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Mirrors -Side view with integrated blind spot mirrors
  • Rear cargo doors, 180 degree swing-out Rear gate with fixed glass and rear-window defroster
  • Variable- intermittent windshield wipers and rear wiper with wash feature

2018 Ford Transit Connect Safety

Safety Features

  • Airbags, frontal: Driver and Front Passenger
  • Front Seat Side Airbags: Driver and Front Passenger
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Torque Vectoring Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Electronic Emergency Brake Assist
  • Power front/rear disc brakes with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS)

2018 Ford Transit Connect Competition

Mercedes Benz Metris worker Cargo

The Mercedes Benz offers more power and torque compared to the Transit connect. It has an almost equal figure of fuel economy but boasts of the largest cargo space. And while its more comfortable interior is an icing on the cake, the higher asking price is not.

Nissan NV 200 cargo

The Nissan, again like the Mercedes offers a 2.0-liter engine. But this one comes with a CVT transmission. It is also priced almost $3,000 less than the Ford. And although the NV 200 boasts a larger cargo capacity, the Transit Connect is more maneuverable and manageable due to its small size.

Ram Pro Master City tradesman Cargo

The Pro master city offers a similar 2.4-liter engine with 9-speed automatic transmission. The price is also quite close in this comparison. Like in the case with the other two, the fuel economy is almost the same. Here again, the Pro Master City offers more cargo capacity and Transit connect offers more maneuverability.

2018 Ford Transit Connect Final Verdict

The Ford Transit is a rebel of sorts, as in a segment, where cargo spaces and how to increase the space is of utmost importance, here comes a car with its sleek and stylish looks, look like a Ford Fusion and Fiesta fitted into one in the shape of a minivan.

And while the Mercedes Metris offers a larger cargo space and the Nissan NV 200 saves money, the Ford Transit Connect comes in a diminutive size. So if moderate cargo capacity is sufficient for you, you will be delighted about how easily you can find a parking space for your van.

Pros

Premium feel

Fuel economy

Easy Maneuverability

Cons

Styling

Engine lacks grunt

What's New?

XLT Cargo Van and Passenger Wagon now get Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23120

bodystyle

4dr Cargo Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu. in.

horsepower

169 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

171 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.1 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.1 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.8 in.

length

173.9 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

72.5 in.

curb weight

3505 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

63.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

103.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1470 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

426.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Ford Transit Connect in Silver color  2018 Ford Transit Connect in Shadow Black color  2018 Ford Transit Connect in Race Red color  2018 Ford Transit Connect in Frozen White color  2018 Ford Transit Connect in Dark Blue color
Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Exterior

6.9

Engine

6.9

Comfort

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Features

6.9

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van XL

Cargo Van XL

power
169 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
23 combined

$23,120 - $24,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Cargo Van XL w/Rear 180 Degree Doors SWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,120 MSRP (20/23/27) 169 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
Cargo Van XL w/Rear Liftgate SWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,120 MSRP (20/23/27) 169 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
Cargo Van XL w/Rear 180 Degree Doors LWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,120 MSRP (20/23/27) 169 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
Cargo Van XL w/Rear Liftgate LWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,120 MSRP (20/23/27) 169 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA

 2018 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van XLT

Cargo Van XLT

power
169 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
23 combined

$24,645 - $25,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Cargo Van XLT w/Rear 180 Degree Doors SWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,645 MSRP (20/23/27) 169 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
Cargo Van XLT w/Rear Liftgate SWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,645 MSRP (20/23/27) 169 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
Cargo Van XLT w/Rear 180 Degree Doors LWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,645 MSRP (20/23/27) 169 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
Cargo Van XLT w/Rear Liftgate LWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,645 MSRP (20/23/27) 169 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA

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