2019 Ford Transit Connect

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$24,100 - $27,045
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2019 Ford Transit Connect Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 8, 2019


The Transit Connect minivan is a reliable hauler with plenty of features that keep it ahead of the game. With an infotainment system from the future - at least in minivan standards - and a comfortable seating cabin with padded seats and cloth upholstery, the Ford is better as a fleet vehicle if you're planning to spend all day at the wheel.

Starting at $25,295, the Fusion-like minivan comes with a 2.0L inline-4 gasoline engine as well as a new 1.5L turbo-diesel engine with more torque, and a CNG 2.5L engine which gets you great fuel economy. In terms of handling the Ford is one of the best, with amazing body control and handling at highway speeds.

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Pros

Compact and practical

Torque rich turbo diesel engine

Plethora of driver assistance tech

Latest infotainment tech

Cons

Gasoline engine lacks power

Lack of vibration damping in cabin

What's New?

New gasoline and diesel engines

New 8-speed automatic transmission

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard

Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24100

bodystyle

4dr Cargo Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

162 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

144 lbs.-ft @ 4500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.4/61.7

dimensions

wheelbase

104.8 in.

length

174.2 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

72 in.

curb weight

3581 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

123.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1130 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/25/27 mpg

highway range

426.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

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Dark Blue

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Ford Transit Connect XL

XL

power
162 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$24,100 - $25,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XL w/Rear 180 Degree Doors SWB 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $24,100 MSRP (24/25/27) 162 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 2
XL w/Rear Liftgate SWB 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $24,100 MSRP (24/25/27) 162 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 2
XL w/Rear 180 Degree Doors LWB 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $25,100 MSRP (24/25/27) 162 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 2
XL w/Rear Liftgate LWB 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $25,100 MSRP (24/25/27) 162 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 2

 2019 Ford Transit Connect XLT

XLT

power
162 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$26,045 - $27,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLT w/Rear 180 Degree Doors SWB 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $26,045 MSRP (24/25/27) 162 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 2
XLT w/Rear Liftgate SWB 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $26,045 MSRP (24/25/27) 162 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 2
XLT w/Rear 180 Degree Doors LWB 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $27,045 MSRP (24/25/27) 162 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 2
XLT w/Rear Liftgate LWB 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $27,045 MSRP (24/25/27) 162 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 2

Expert Review


In the cargo hauler segment, there's not much competition to deal with. The Nissan NV200 lacks power to really be any worth, the Ram ProMaster gets a better engine, but still has the infotainment from the 90s, the Mercedes Metris is way too expensive for a work van and GMC Savana has been due for an update for a long time. Let's see if the Ford is the best minivan for you.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van Front Three-quarter View
2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van Front Three-quarter View
2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van Rear Three-quarter View

2019 Ford Transit Connect Features

Unlike the Passenger minivan, the Cargo does not get a premium Titanium trim level. The base trim is the XL starting at $24,100 which comes with rudimentary features that you'd need from a fleet vehicle to the XLT trim at $26,045 which gets added functionality through more tech rich features like multi-function displays and dual-zone temperature control.

Trim

Transit Connect Cargo XL

Transit Connect Cargo XLT

MSRP

$24,100

$26,045

Key Features

QuickClear Electric Windshield Defroster - Includes Heated Washer Jets and Power Adjust, Heated Exterior Mirrors Front-Row Manual Climate Control
  Front-Row Manual Climate Control Dual-Zone Front Auto Temperature Control
  Remote Keyless-Entry with 2 Key Fobs Remote Keyless-Entry with 2 Key Fobs
  4-Spoke Steering Wheel Premium Carpeted Floor Mats
  Rear Cargo Area Light LED

4.2" LCD Multi-function display with steering wheel controls

  AM/FM Stereo with audio input jack AM/FM Stereo, single-CD player, and audio input jack
  Power Adjust, Heated Exterior Mirrors with Manual Fold Black SYNC 3with rearview camera - includes AM/FM Stereo, single-CD player, HD Radio,SiriusXM satellite radio, SYNC with USB, 6.5" LCD touch screen with Navigation
  Daytime Running Lamps Front Fog Lamps

We Recommend

If you're planning to spend more than a significant portion of your day behind the wheel the XLT trim is highly recommended, because basic features like Climate control and an infotainment screen are much needed in a modern day minivan.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Engine and Performance

Known for generally responsive handling and nicely weighted steering, and for a small van, the Transit Connect delivers those qualities. - Edmunds

With a tiny 2.0L inline-4 engine that makes 162 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque, the Ford Transit Connect is a heavy-duty fleet vehicle. However, the headlining the release of the 2019 Transit Connect, is the new 1.5L turbo diesel engine - the only diesel engine available in the minivan segment. Aside from that, the Ford is also available with a 2.5L inline-4 which runs on Compressed Natural Gas. The front wheel drive minivan is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Models

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Nissan NV200 Compact cargo S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

MSRP

$25,295

$26,570

$23,245

$25,740

$23,850

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.4L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Horsepower

162 hp@ 6500rpm

208 hp@ 5500rpm

131 hp@ 5600rpm

178 hp@ 6400rpm

131 hp@ 5200rpm

Torque

144 ft-lbs@ 4500rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1250rpm

139 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

174 ft-lbs@ 3800rpm

139 ft-lbs@ 4900rpm

Comparatively, the minivans like Nissan NV200 and the GMC Savana are severely underpowered for the task at hand, while the Ram ProMaster City Tradesman is a powerful minivan sporting a 178 hp and 174 lb-ft 2.4L inline-4 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox.

Acceleration

Minivans aren't great at accelerating considering the hefty weight they carry and their low horsepower engines, however, the Ford Transit minivan takes a little more than 10 seconds in the sprint to 60 miles an hour, pretty impressive considering the sheer amount of weight it needs to haul.

Models

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

0-60 MPH

7.9 seconds*

10.1

10

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.4L i4

2.0L i4

Emission

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

8.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

In comparison, the powerful Ram ProMaster City Tradesman is the fastest one through the 60 mph sprint while the Nissan NV200 with its tiny engine barely manages to hit 60. The Acceleration figures won't matter much if your intention for these minivans is to use them as fleet vehicles, but it helps as you pull away from stop signs or intersections.

Ride and Handling

You can't expect a minivan to handle poise and grace like a Porsche, however, the Ford Transit Connect does a pretty good job eating up bumps and undulations like breakfast. On the downside, the soft suspension lacks the rigidity needed to tackle tight corners at high speeds as well as swift acceleration or braking, leading to body roll.

Despite the compliant suspension, it fails to isolate the cabin from stray jerks and vibrations. As a fleet vehicle, the Ford is a very effective hauler with great city driving as well as highway cruising. Maneuvering the massive minivan is quite a feat in cramped parking lots and crowded city streets.

Braking

The Ford comes with 12.1-inch both at the back and the front, it may not be the best, but it gets the job done. Continuous usage through the day doesn't cause any brake fade and upon emergency braking, the Transit connect handles the weight transfer quite effectively.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

12.1

N/A

12

N/A

Brake Rear (in.)

11

12.1

N/A

10

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4222

3650

3273

3509

3260

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

In contrast, Nissan NV cargo has the biggest brakes at 14.2 inches in the front and 14.4 inches at the rear. It is also the heaviest at 5,817 pounds almost 1,000 pounds heavier than Ford Transit cargo van and 600 pounds heavier than Chevrolet and GMC.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Fuel Economy

The Transit Connect is among the most efficient vehicles of the lot. It can cover 24 miles for a gallon of fuel within city limits. If you go cruising on the highway, the number elevates to 27 Miles per gallon as there are fewer mechanical intrusions and thus, the mileage increases.  With a combined mileage of 25 MPG, the Transit Connect stands out of the lot with the best figures here. 

Models

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

MPG (city)

24

21

24

21

24

MPG (Highway)

27

24

26

28

26

MPG (Combined)

25

22

25

24

25

All the vehicles are almost equally matched here. However, if observed with a keen eye, it's the Ford that takes the crown for offering the best mileage here, be it city or highways. That said, the NV200 and the Chevy offer the same mileage, essentially because they are twins with just different badges. However, both of them stay slightly behind the Transit.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Interior

The quality of the front cabin matches that of a modern compact car, though the van origins show through in a few of the hard plastics and extra-tough fittings, especially in the rear seats of the passenger versions. - Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

The front cockpit and passenger seat comes with cloth upholstery and extra padding for a comfortable ride throughout the day. Getting in and out of the van as well as all-round visibility is excellent, thanks to the wide entrances, huge front windshield and ergonomic seating position.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

2

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

39.6/NA/35.8

46.9/57.7/41.5

41.7/54.1/42.6

46.0/59.3/40.8

41.7/54.1/42.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

-

-

The Ford and the Mercedes are the most spacious minivans of the lot with plenty of legroom as well as shoulder room for the occupants, meanwhile the Nissan NV200 Compact feels significantly cramped in comparison to the Ford Transit Connect.

Cargo Capacity

Despite the massive size, the Ford does not have the best cargo capacity in the segment. With the sole objective of hauling cargo, the Ford lacks the practicality you might find in larger minivans like the Ram ProMaster.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

183

103.9

122.7

131.7

`122.7

Infotainment System

The Ford's cabin is decked out with a whole host of creature comforts and updated technology like the Sync 3 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The infotainment system is easy to use and intuitive. This year Ford has made the system even more responsive and added standard features like navigation, phone connectivity, and WiFi hotspot.

Interior Features

Some of the key highlights of the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van are:

  • 4-Spoke Steering Wheel
  • Driver sun visor and passenger sun visor
  • Front Dome lighting
  • Front Row Full-Width Overhead Storage Shelf with Grab Handles
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Six-way Manual Driver Seat and 4-way Manual Passenger Seat 
  • Front-Row Manual Climate Control
  • Rear Cargo Area Light - Halogen

2019 Ford Transit Connect Exterior

Ford's designers have done a good job with what is essentially a large box with a car-like front end, and we think it strikes the right balance between function and flair. - Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

The Ford's design is a departure form the common boxy designs of bread and butter minivans like the GMC Savana or the awkward designs of the Nissan NV200 and the Ram ProMaster. The Ford Transit Connect gets pleasing aesthetics in the front fascia from the Ford Fusion. The car-like minivan is also available in a long-wheelbase version, for added practicality and cargo space.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

Curb weight (lbs.)

4222

3650

3273

3509

3260

Length(in)

202.4

173.9

186.3

187.1

186.3

Width(in)

75.9

72.2

68.1

72.1

68.1

Height(in)

75.2

72.6

73.7

74.2

73.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.4

6.0

6.1

5.2

6.1

Wheelbase (in)

126

104.8

115.2

122.4

115.2

Track width (in) F/R

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Ford minivan is the shortest van of the lot, while the Nissan NV200 is the narrowest minivan, which aids maneuverability in tight spots. All minivans have quite good ground clearance, while the Ram sits low to the ground and also towers the highest among the competition.

Exterior Features

  • 180° Swing-Out Rear Cargo Doors
  • Automatic Headlamps with Wiper-Activated Headlamps and Follow-Me-Home Feature
  • Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
  • Integrated Spotter Mirrors
  • Rain-Sensing Front Wipers
  • Dual Sliding Side Doors
  • Windshield Wipers - Front Variable Intermittent Front Wipers
  • Manual Adjust Exterior Mirrors with Manual Fold – Black

2019 Ford Transit Connect Safety

  • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability...
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height...
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Ford Transit Connect Competition

2019 Ford Transit Connect vs Mercedes-Benz Metris

The Mercedes Metris is larger than a common minivan but not up to full size van standards. Compared to the Ford Transit Connect, the Metris is a much more expensive option, but for that price, you get a better drivetrain, bigger cargo bay and more facilities in the cabin. At a tighter budget the Ford is a perfectly viable alternative with a smaller hauling capacity.

2019 Ford Transit Connect vs Ram ProMaster City Tradesman

The Ram ProMaster is the toughest rival the Ford Transit Connect faces, it comes with more power and a larger cargo bay the basic necessities of an effective hauler. However, Ford makes up for that with a better cabin and high-tech infotainment. Ram also lacks a diesel engine which Ford introduced for 2019. The turbodiesel adds punchy torque to the lower rvs and increases the payload capacity significantly, making it a better choice for you.

2019 Ford Transit Connect vs Chevrolet City Express

The Chevrolet City Express is essentially a Nissan NV200 with the front grille replaced with a Chevy badge. As underpowered as the Nissan, the City Express with the 131 hp engine stays true to its name, it works well in the city but fails to deliver on highways. The interiors are much better in the Ford Transit Connect and the infotainments feel from different decades. Ford is the obvious choice between the two.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Final Verdict

The Ford Transit Connect is a dependable minivan with comfortable interiors and a tech-rich cabin. However, in terms of practicality i.e. cargo capacity, the Ford lags behind the rival minivans. Apart from that, the Ford is a very modern and powerful minivan which can handle any obstacle you throw at it. The prime highlight of the Transit is the amazing ride quality and handling in the city.