2020 Ford Transit Connect

MSRP $24,275 - $28,015

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2020 Ford Transit Connect Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 11, 2021

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The Ford Transit Connect is a Compact Van that was launched in 2002. Post launched it was widely accepted by both the Americans and Europeans for the value it offers. For 2020 MY, Ford offers the Transit Connect in a couple of variations: Passenger Wagon and Cargo Van. The Ford transit connect is quite known for its compact size and versatile nature while still be practical enough to transport either goods or people depending upon the model one selects.

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Pros

Compact and Pragmatic

Impressive fuel economy

Good cargo capacity

A long list of standard safety features

Cons

Sluggish acceleration

Unrefined transmission

Cheap interior materials

Titanium trim not available for Cargo Variant

What's New?

Standard Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking

Standard Rearview Camera

Ford CoPilot360 is now standard in XLT


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24590

bodystyle

4dr Cargo Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

162 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

144 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

104.8 in.

length

174.2 in.

height

71.6 in.

curb weight

3872 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

132.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

123.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1140 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/25/27 mpg

highway range

426.6 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

XL$24,275 onwards

XLT$26,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Ford Transit Connect in Dark Blue color
Dark Blue

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

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

4.0

Competition

6.0

6.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.1

Overall Rating


The 2020 Transit Connect Cargo Van is offered in 2 trim levels namely: the XL and XLT, Ford has priced both the trims around $24,275 and $26,700 respectively. The Cargo Van model comes with the Ford Focus-like fascia, a good cabin that hosts 2 people, some basic features, and as the surname suggests an impressive cargo capacity. The 2020 Transit Connect goes head-to-head against the Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van, Nissan NV200 Cargo Van, and Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van.


6.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

4.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Ford Transit Connect Features

6.0/10

For 2020 MY, Ford offers the Transit Connect Cargo Van in a couple of trims: XL and XLT. The van is powered by a 2-L inline-4 engine mated with 8-speed automatic transmission. An optional 1.5L turbocharged diesel engine can be bought for an additional price of $1816. The van comes with a standard FWD drivetrain and it’s the only drivetrain option as no AWD system has been made available by Ford. The XL and XLT trims offer a choice of a rear liftgate or rear doors that swing open 180 degrees. There is also an option for small-wheelbase and long-wheelbase body styles.

Trim

XL

XLT

MSRP (SWB)

$25,570

$26,700

MSRP (LWB)

$26,570

$28,995

Key Features

16-inch steel wheels with sparkle silver paint and full wheel covers

Front Fog lamps

 

Full-size spare tire stored underbody

Auto high beam headlamps

 

Black front & rear bumpers

4-Spoke steering wheel with satin chrome shells

 

Black exterior trims

Remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter 

 

Rain detecting variable intermittent wipers

Illuminated entry

 

Sliding rear doors

Steering mounted cruise controls

 

Auto aero-composite halogen DRLs and headlights

Chrome interior accents

 

Perimeter/Approach lights

Tracker system

 

Manual tilt & telescopic steering wheel

Front map lights

 

Manual air conditioning

Driver alert

 

Front cloth headliner with cloth door trim inserts

Lane-keeping assist with a lane-keeping alert

 

Vinyl front bucket seats

Securilock Anti-Theft ignition engine immobilizer

 

6-way manual driver seat & 4-way manual passenger seat

Ford Co-Pilot360- Automatic emergency braking & cross-traffic alert

 

Two 12-V DC power outlets

Ford Co-Pilot360- Blind spot monitoring system

 

Delay-off interior lighting

Top speed limiter, audio volume limiter, early low fuel warning

 

Cargo space lights

Programmable sound chimes and Beltminder

 

Driver & passenger door bins

 
 

Outside temp gauge & front armrest with storage

 
 

Front collision mitigation

 
 

Tire pressure monitoring system

 
 

Ford Co-Pilot 360-Reverse camera backup system

 
 

AM/FM radio with Bluetooth and FordPass connect

 
 

Wifi hotspot connectivity

 
 

Locate park vehicle & check vehicle status

 
 

1 USB port & 4 front speakers

 
 

Seek-scan, AUX audio input, steering audio controls & 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display

 

Optional Packages:

  • CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package - $286
  • Driver-Assist Package - $319
  • Smoker's Package - $23
  • Trailer Tow Package – $360
  • 1.5L Turbocharged diesel engine - $1816

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It’d be a practical option for you to put money on the XLT rather than the XL. one can choose the wheelbase size as per their needs but XLT makes complete sense as it comes with better and some additional standard features. Moreover, in the XLT you can fit additional LED lamps (both front and back to increase visibility). In addition to that, we recommend you fit the van with the Driver Assist and Trailer Tow package.

2020 Ford Transit Connect Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2020 Transit Connect Cargo Van is available in two powertrain options. As standard, the van comes fitted with a 2-liter inline-4 gas engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine generates 162 hp of power and 144 lb-ft of torque, these figures are enough to move this vehicle around towns but it still feels somewhat laggy as compared to its rivals.

 The transmission feels hesitant and sluggish. The 2-liter engine helps the van cover 0-60MPH within 10.1 seconds and a quarter-mile in 17.6 seconds. The base engine equips the van with a towing potential of 2,000 lbs and a payload capacity of 1,550 pounds. The optional 1.5L turbocharged diesel engine offers a better power and performance output. It generates 178 hp of power and 184 ft-lb of peak torque respectively. It covers 0-60MPH within 9.4 seconds and takes 17 seconds for covering the quarter-mile. 

Models

2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van

2020 Nissan NV200 cargo van

2020 RAM ProMaster City cargo van

MSRP

$24,275

$31,390

$23,080

$24,480

Engine 

2L inline-4

2L turbo inline-4

2L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

CVT w/ OD

9-speed automatic

Power 

162 hp @ 6,500 rpm

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

131 hp @ 5600 rpm

178 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque

144 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

139 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

174 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

10.1

8.6

9.6

8.2

Quarter mile (sec)

17.6

N/A

17.4

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

108

105

100

115

The Nissan NV200 is the most affordable van among all. It also happens to come powered with the weakest engine. But thanks to its lightweight and CVT transmission, it manages to be quicker than the Ford. The Metris is the most expensive pick and it comes with a turbocharged engine. Metris is the only compact van in the lot to offer over 200hp but its heavyweight pulls down the acceleration timings. The ProMaster City cargo van comes equipped with a slightly bigger engine and it is the quickest of the lot at 8.2 seconds. However, these don't matter much as these vans are meant to haul heavy loads not to win drag races.

How well does the 2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van handle?

You can’t expect good handling when it comes to vans as they are heavy and have high COG. But Transit Connect, fortunately, delivers good handling characteristics. Being a lightweight van, it offers car-like handling. The steering feels responsive and light. As standard, you get an electric power steering that feels responsive. The van also comes with ‘Torque Vectoring Control’ that improves handling and traction. 

The engine feels a bit laggy on highways but it does its job in towns and cities, the combination with 8-speed automatic transmission makes perfect sense as it not only keeps the rider from hassle-free shifts but also improves the fuel efficiency of the engine. The seating comfort is not very impressive, it feels like coming back to the office sitting on that old chair that makes you tired on a long day.

2020 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van Braking Performance

Ford fits all the four wheels of the Transit Connect with disc brakes. All the wheels come fitted with 12.1-inch rotors as standard. The brake bite is decent but not that grabby. However, sudden braking will result in a nosedive. To support the braking system of the Transit Connect Cargo Van Ford has also integrated it with techs like ABS with driveline traction control, EBD with roll stability control, Pre-Collision Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking to enhance the vehicle’s safety and for further improvement of braking performance.

Models

2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van

2020 Nissan NV200 cargo van

2020 RAM ProMaster City cargo van

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.1

11.8

11.1

12

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.1

11

9

10

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,581

4,222

3,280

3,509

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Transit Connect isn’t the lightest vehicle in the lot as the lightest tag goes to the 2020 Nissan NV200 Cargo Van and after that comes the RAM ProMaster City Cargo Van, followed by the Ford. The Transit Connect comes equipped with the largest brake rotors and a somewhat lighter chassis also helps in the vehicle’s braking. Though the data on 60-0 mph stopping distance is on a fuzzy side, still as per the data Ford should offer an appropriate braking performance. The lighter weight and the bigger brakes combine to provide it with the best braking performance.

2020 Ford Transit Connect Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Cargo Van is used to transporting products and other services which require a lot of fuel to cover a lot of distance and that is why these vehicles should also rank high in this category too. Ford gets a fuel-efficient engine which is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and that's the main reason it claims the economy of 24 mpg in the city driving, 27 mpg on the straight highways, and 25 mpg under combined situations. The size of the fuel tank is not that big but 15 gallons of capacity pretty much does its job.

Models

2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van

2020 Nissan NV200 cargo van

2020 RAM ProMaster City cargo van

MPG (City)

24

20

24

21

MPG (Highway)

27

24

26

28

MPG (Combined)

25

22

25

24

Fuel Capacity (gal)

15.8

18.5

14.5

16.1

Range (City/ Hwy/ Combined) (miles)

379 / 426 / 395

370 / 444 / 407

348 / 377 / 362

338 / 450 / 386

The underpowered engine on the Ford really shines in terms of mileage. The Transit Connect offers the best mileage and the large fuel tank helps it with a good driving range. On the contrary, Mercedes’s Metris being powered by the most powerful motor returns the lowest efficiency figures. NV 200 Cargo van offers similar efficiency as to the Ford. However, when it comes to driving range, the Metris Cargo van is a clear winner thanks to its large fuel tank.

2020 Ford Transit Connect Interior

6.0/10

The appealing face on the 2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van not only looks better than most of its rivals but also packs an impressive interior loaded with features. The cargo variant comes with a 2-seater accommodation at the front. The head and leg space offered is best in class. The seats are covered with Ebony Vinyl and the interior trim consists of soft-touch materials in the XL trim. The XLT’s interior comes wrapped with Ebony cloth and the interior is wrapped with black man-made leather. The seats are padded well and offer comfort for long rides. The seats are positioned higher than normal and it offers an excellent view of the road. 

Standard features in the base trim XL include a 6-way manual driver and 4-way manual front passenger seats, manual front AC with heater, power front windows, tilt-telescopic steering, and overhead storage. The XLT brings a better set of features like manual lumbar for the driver, dual map lights, carpeted floors, and many others. The Transit Connect offers an impressive 123.2 ft3 of cargo space. The big cargo space at the back can be used according to one’s preference.

Models

2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van

2020 Nissan NV200 cargo van

2020 RAM ProMaster City cargo van

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

46.9/57.6/41.5

39.6/NA/35.8

41.7/54.1/42.6

46/59.3/40.8

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

123.2

183

122.7

131.7

As one knows that all cargo vans have the occupancy of 2 passengers but out of all four competitors, Ford Transit Connect seems to be having a balanced seating capacity inside the cabin and after that falls in the line is the RAM ProMaster City Cargo Van followed by the Nissan NV200. For a cargo van, how much cargo it can carry?... is another important question and in that respect Mercedes-Benz z Metris every rival behind with its 183 cu-ft cargo volume followed by the RAM & Ford with 131.7 cu-ft and 123.2 cu-ft capacity. Standout interior features in the 2020 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van are:

  • Overhead front storage shelf
  • Cloth/vinyl upholstery
  • Manual front AC w/ heater
  • Rear cargo area light
  • 6/4-way manual driver and front passenger seats
  • Carpeted floors
  • Driver seat manual lumbar

How intuitive is the infotainment system?

The 2020 Transit Connect despite being a van comes with a car-like infotainment system. Ford has equipped it with a 4.2” touch LCD that is coupled with 4 speakers. The system also comes with AM/FM/MP3 capability and Bluetooth connectivity. The XLT comes fitted with a 6.5” touch LCD loaded with Ford’s SYNC 3 software. The upgraded infotainment system supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, 911 Assist, and 2- USB ports for storage and fast charging. Additionally, you also get a wireless charging pad for seamless mobile charging. Standout Infotainment features in the 2020 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van are:

  • 6.5” SYNC 3 ouch LCD
  • 4-speaker audio
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • SiriusXM
  • 911 Assist
  • 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Wireless Charging

2020 Ford Transit Connect Exterior

5.0/10

One of the areas where the 2020 Transit Connect shines is the exterior styling. You can tell the fascia is similar to Ford’s Focus and it offers a sleek look to the van. For 2020 MY, the van comes with improved styling and the overall exterior design is the same as its outgoing model but comes with a better build quality. The front end now gets automatic headlamps and configurable DRLs as standard.

While the overall body design looks boxy in shape, the Transit Connect doesn’t look dated. If you happen to look at the shapes of the Nissan NV200 and RAM’s Promaster, you find them to be not only boxy but arguably dated with decade-old designs. The Transit Connect looks friendly and appealing. As standard, you get the 16-inch silver-painted steel wheel covers, but we recommend you fit the van’s wheels with the 16-inch Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum wheels which offer a classy look to the van.

Models

2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van

2020 Nissan NV200 cargo van

2020 RAM ProMaster City cargo van

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,581

4,222

3,280

3,509

Length (inches)

174.2

202.4

186.3

187.5

Width (inches)

72.2

75.9

68.1

72.1

Height (inches)

72

75.2

73.7

74

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.4

4.4

6.1

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

104.8

126

115.2

122.4

If you are searching for the lightest cargo van then Nissan NV200 might be a perfect choice as it has only 3280 pounds of base weight, Ford isn’t much heavier either, it’s just 300 pounds heavier than Nissan. Ford has designed the Transit Connect for towns and city transport purposes and that is why it has the smallest wheelbase and overall length after Ford, Nissan is the only cargo van to offer somewhat relative nimbleness, while ground clearance of both Ford and Nissan is above average. Standout exterior features in the 2020 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van are:

  • 16" Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum wheels
  • Configurable DRLs and Automatic headlamps
  • Power & heated side mirrors
  • Body-color front bumpers
  • Halogen fog lamps
  • 180-degree swing-out rear cargo doors

2020 Ford Transit Connect Safety

4.0/10

The 2020 Ford Transit Connect is based on Ford’s Global C-car Platform. The chassis is made up of steel and aluminum. Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the van yet. For 2020 MY, the van comes with all necessary safety features. The front seats come fitted with an essential airbag system. All the wheels are equipped with ABS, EBD, Pre-Collision Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking. There are many active safety features and all the trims come fitted with Ford’s Co-Pilot360. Standout safety features in the 2020 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van are:

  • Pre-Collision Assist w/ Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Side-Wind Stabilization
  • Blindspot information system
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keeping Assist

2020 Ford Transit Connect Competition

6.0/10

2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van

If you want an affordable van that offers value and both features, the Transit Connect is the one to go for. However, if you can spend $7000 more, we would recommend the Mercedes-Benz Metris. It offers the best power and performance among all the vans. Mercedes has decorated the Metris with a sleek fascia. The cabin inside is cramped for the driver and passenger but pampers you with the best-in-class features and multimedia. Additionally, the cargo space is miles ahead of all the others. So, we recommend you buy Metris.

2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van vs 2020 Nissan NV200 cargo van

The Ford Transit Connect is the clear winner here. It comes with a better fascia and the overall exterior looks better than that of Nissan. Furthermore, Ford packs inside a better engine, better fuel economy, and better driving range give it an edge over the Nissan NV200.

2020 Ford Transit Connect cargo van vs 2020 RAM ProMaster City cargo van

The RAM ProMaster City Cargo van is as good as the Transit Connect. It offers better performance and power and better cargo capacity. But, this Ford van exhibits practicality with better fuel economy, spacious seating, a better set of features, impeccable safety, and a visibly appealing fascia. So, it’s a tough choice, but we recommend Transit Connect.

2020 Ford Transit Connect Final Verdict

The new Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van steps for the new model year with many new attributes. At $24,000, it is a practical option. The standard 2L inline-4 engine is adequate for the job it is supposed to do. The cabin offers good seating comfort with adequate room to offer for the front passengers. The safety offered is laudable considering it a van. Its nearest competitor is the Mercedes Metris but is expensive by $7000. So, the 2020 Transit Connect cargo van is a practical option among vans.

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