2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van

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2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 26, 2019


A notable addition to Ford 's trophy name is the Ford Transit! It might be the good old boxy van but the Transit is the most versatile and customizable boxy van in the market right now. The fact becomes rock solid with the Transit 's sales curve, other brands are nowhere close to the Transit. This year 's Transit comes with more seating options with minor changes. However, Transit receives tuff competition from the likes of Mercedes Sprinter which is completely revamped for the year.

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Pros

Decent road manner

User-friendly Infotainment system

Potent engine

A plethora of configurations

Cons

Low Towing capacity

What's New?

Seating available for 10, 11, and 14 passengers now


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35840

bodystyle

3dr Passenger Van

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

228 cu.in.

horsepower

275 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

260 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

68.2/68.6

dimensions

wheelbase

129.9 in.

length

219.8 in.

width

81.3 in.

height

82.2 in.

curb weight

6121 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

36.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

224.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5100 lbs.

payload capacity

3000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/15/18 mpg

highway range

450 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van in Blue Jeans color  2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van in Green Gem Metallic color  2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van in magnetic color  2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van in Oxford White color  2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van in Race Red color
Blue Jeans

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

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Exterior

2.0

4.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van XL

XL

power
275 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
15 combined

$35,840 - $45,065


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
150 XL Low Roof w/60/40 Passenger Side Door 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,840 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
150 XL Low Roof w/Sliding Passenger Side Door 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,990 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
150 XL Medium Roof 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $37,440 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
350 HD XL High Roof 3dr Ext Van DRW (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,770 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 15
350 HD XLT High Roof 3dr Ext Van DRW (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $45,065 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 15
350 XL High Roof 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $42,620 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 12
350 XL Low Roof w/60/40 Passenger Side Door 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,570 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 12
350 XL Low Roof w/Sliding Passenger Side Door 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,720 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 12
350 XL Medium Roof 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $41,170 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 12

 2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van XLT

XLT

power
275 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
15 combined

$37,135 - $43,915


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
150 XLT Low Roof w/60/40 Passenger Side Door 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $37,135 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
150 XLT Low Roof w/Sliding Passenger Side Door 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $37,285 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
150 XLT Medium Roof 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $38,735 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
350 XLT High Roof 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,915 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 12
350 XLT Low Roof w/60/40 Passenger Side Door 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $40,865 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 12
350 XLT Low Roof w/Sliding Passenger Side Door 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $41,015 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 12
350 XLT Medium Roof 3dr Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $42,465 MSRP (14/15/18) 275 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 12

Expert Review

4.0

Overall Rating


The Ford Transit 150 starts from the base price of $35,840. There are three engine options paired to a 6-speed automatic. The standard gas 3.7L V6 engine cranks out 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torquer. The diesel engine cuts down the power but adds more torque. The price might feel over the top but you get a decent amount of features and a strong passenger hauler for the price.


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2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Features

5.0/10

Ford Transit Passenger van is all about customization, you have three length options with regular, long and extended. Then you have the same number of options for height as low, medium, and high roof. You can pick any variation for the same as per your needs. As for the engine, the 3 option tradition is continued with a standard 3.7L V6 engine, a Turbocharged 3.2 Liter Diesel Powered Inline-5 engine, and an additional Turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 gas engine. All engines are mated to a monochromic 6-speed automatic transmission.

Trim Transit XL
MSRP $35,840
Features Rear view camera
  Safety canopy system
  Tire pressure monitoring system
  Advancetrac with rsc
  Sync 3
  Fordpass a smarter way to move
  Lane-keeping alert with driver alert
  Rain-sensing wipers
  Siriusxm satellite radio
  Side-wind stabilization
  Easy-to-clean vinyl flooring
  Heated front seats

We Recommend

Although Ford has a lot of options to customize the Transit we would recommend to go for the optional Ford telematics for more electronic updates.

2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Engine and Performance

5.0/10

"The Transit is much easier to drive and far less truck-like than past work vans. The steering is responsive, there's a relatively tight turning circle, and even the ride is much better"- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Ford is the god father of commercial vehicles, its reliability, and fair deliverables made it an instant hit for producing worker vehicles. The 2020 Ford Transit Passenger is a good example of a worker van which has a good threshold on the American market. Probably the best seller in the American market and its not just Ford's brand value which brings in the customers the potent engine options do the talking for you.

Models

Ford Transit T-150 XL Swing-out Passenger van

GMC Savana Passenger 1500 LS van

Nissan NV 1500 HD Passenger

MSRP

$35,840

$34,900

$37,310

Engine

3.7L V6 Regular Unleaded

4.3L V6 Gas

4.0L V6 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

5 Speed automatic

Horsepower

275 hp@ 6000rpm

276 hp@ 5200rpm

261 hp@ 5600rpm

Torque

260 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

298 ft-lbs@ 3900

281 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

Standard is a 3.7L V6 engine which hammers out 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Next is the Turbocharged 3.2L Diesel Inline-5 engine which delivers a lesser 185 horsepower but upgrades the torque to 350 pound-feet. Another engine for turbocharged 3.5 Liter gas-powered V6 engine which brings up the power game to 310 horsepower and 400-pound feet of torque. All engine options are mated to a compliant 6-speed automatic, there no other option for transmission on the transit. There is no drivetrain option, rear-wheel-drive is the only way to get your hands on the Transit.

Acceleration

Compared to other boxy vans the Transit passenger is a rather light passenger vehicle which earns Ford an edge over acceleration. The power delivery is smooth and the rear wheels propel the Transit to make the 60 mph test in 7.5 seconds. As for the quarter-mile run, the Transit covers the quarter mile road in 15.9 seconds. The weight advantage makes transit the fastest passenger hauler in the lot.

Models

Ford Transit T-150 XL Swing-out Passenger van

GMC Savana Passenger 1500 LS van

Nissan NV 1500 HD Passenger

0-60 MPH

N/A

8.4 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

16.5 sec

N/A

Engine

3.7L V6 Regular Unleaded

4.3L V6 Gas

4.0L V6 Regular Unleaded

Emission

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

11.0

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

Ford has overcome the typical boxy van's image of a lousy ride. Today's Transit is less truck-like to maneuver and as nimble as a full-fledged van gets. The steering is light and responsive and the ride is comfortable. Though the backlash of boxy design comes in the form of body roll and tight steering around the corners. Road noise is minimum but you would love to try the diesel engine options on the Transit.

Braking

Transit's brakes do not face any kind of fade. The pedal is soft enough to ferry and control the weight of a fully loaded Transit. The fact that its lighter than any other passenger van aids in its braking performance. Both the front and rear brakes are rated at 12.1 inches each.

Model

Ford Transit T-150 XL Swing-out Passenger van

GMC Savana Passenger 1500 LS van

Nissan NV 1500 HD Passenger

Brake Front (in.)

12.1

12.8

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

12.1

13

14.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4130

5991

6710

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Towing and Payload

The Transit customization options have no end, you have multiple payload packages and different rear axle ratios. As far as towing is concern Transit's 7100 pounds towing prowess is better than Nissan and the hyped up Sprinter. However, it's not on the same level as GMC who boast its 10,000 pounds worth of max. trailering.

Model

Ford Transit wagon 150

Mercedes \xa0Benz Sprinter 1500

Nissan NV 1500 S Cargo van

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

7100

5000

6900

2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Model

Ford Transit 150 low roof passenger van

Nissan NV 1500S cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

MPG (city)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

25.0

28.0

22

2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Interior

"The Transit has a much lower step-in height than old-style work vans. Taller roof heights also make it possible to walk upright in the cargo area " which is not possible in the GM vans. The driving position affords an expansive view of the road ahead, and the standard rearview camera is appreciated"-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Transit's interior is the way a passenger hauler should be- "Bare minimum". The step in height is not that high and feels pretty normal, you won't have in trouble in stepping in or out of the Transit. Inside the Transit is feels packed but not in a suffocating way, still there are a number of cubbies and storage bins. The options on the exterior follow to the interior as well, you have two color option for Cloth and Leather seats and one for vinyl.

Model

Ford Transit T-150 XL Swing-out Passenger van

GMC Savana Passenger 1500 LS van

Nissan NV 1500 HD Passenger

Passenger capacity

8

12

12

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

40.8/567.9/39.7

N/A

42.8/65.7/42.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.1/71.4/33.7

N/A

39.6/69.2/33.9

The front cabin is not that spacious compared to the likes of Sprinter and Nissan NV. The elements of the interior are not that great either. The driver and wingman seat features a headroom of 40.8 inches and legroom of 41.3 inches. Also, there is just enough space to move your hands and elbows with the 41.3 inches of shoulder room.

Interior Features

  • Air Conditioning, Front and Rear
  • Front/Rear Aux AC and Heater (Driver controlled)
  • Console - Center stack console with integrated shifter
  • Front Overhead Console on Medium- and High-Roof models
  • Floor Covering, Vinyl, front and rear
  • Glove Box (Locking)
  • Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Instrumentation - Tachometer, fuel level and coolant temperature\xa0
  • Interior Lighting, Accessory Delay - 30 minute
  • Lighting, Front Dome Lamp with Map Lights and Theater Dimming (Standard on Low Roof only)
  • Passenger A-Pillar Grab Handle
  • 12-volt Powerpoint\xa0
  • Step Well Pads Black plastic
  • Sun Visors - Vinyl-trimmed
  • Horn - Dual-note electric

Cargo Volume

The Transit is all about passenger space and Ford does that better than anyone on the American soil. The base Transit might not be the best at delivering a bigger cargo bay but it's their diversity of customization options which makes Transit the segment leader. You have got three roof options plus three length options as well. The standard cargo area stands at 94.2 cubic feet which are lower than its adversaries. Though Ford offers a maximum cargo bay of 487.3 cubic feet which is the largest in the boxy van market till date.

Model

Ford Transit T-150 XL Swing-out Passenger van

GMC Savana Passenger 1500 LS van

Nissan NV 1500 HD Passenger

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

94.2

N/A

28.9

2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Exterior

2.0/10

"Unlike vans of old, the interior of the 2020 Ford Transit is as modern and comfortable as any pickup or SUV. The front seats are wide and supportive, the dash intelligently designed and easy to use and there are storage compartments everywhere"- KBB

Design and Styling

The Transit is just like any other box on the wheels, nothing special. What's different is that it comes with Ford's grill and reliability factor. The long nose hood and tall body sum up Transit's exterior look. The exterior is not arresting but its better than the subpar interior. Though it's a commercial vehicle, Ford treats the Transit like aby other automobile offering form its stable. There are a number of color options like Race red, Blue Jeans, and Green Gem and more.

Model

Ford Transit T-150 XL Swing-out Passenger van

GMC Savana Passenger 1500 LS van

Nissan NV 1500 HD Passenger

Curb weight (lbs.)

4130

5991

6710

Length(in)

219.9

224.1

240.6

Width(in)

81.3

79.2

79.9

Height(in)

82.2

83.9

84.0

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

11

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

129.9

135

146.1

Track width (in) F/R

N/A

N/A

68.7/68.9

Dimensions and Weight

The Euro boxy design is big and customizable and the Transit continues the tradition. The basic passenger van is 219 inches long, 81.3 inches wide, and 83.6 inches tall, which is not a noteworthy number. Other vans like Mercedes Sprinter, GMC, Savana, and even the Nissan NV are much bigger in size. What they are not is light, the Transit's weight is lower than what other vans weigh in the segment. It also has a rather short wheelbase of 129 inches long makes it more maneuverable.

Exterior Features

  • Grille, Carbon Black with Carbon Black surround
  • Headlamps, Halogen with Black Trim
  • Windshield Wipers, Variable interval intermittent
  • Mirrors Short Arm - Power
  • Roof Marker Lamps - Included on dual-rear-wheel models
  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • AutoLamp with Rain-Sensing Wipers\xa0
  • Running Board - (Not available with Dual Sliding Side Cargo Doors)

2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Safety

IIHS and NHTSA haven't tested the Transit for safety, though there is nothing worrying about the Transit. Last year, the boxy van had a 4-star frontal crash test rating earned from NHTSA, however, IIHS is yet to rate the Transit. The core safety equipment like airbags, stability control system,. Rearview cameras are standard in the Transit. There are no packaged for safety or significant independent safety features for the Transit.

Safety Feature

  • Airbags, Driver and Passenger
  • Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags
  • Brakes - Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL)
  • Safety belts - Three-point, all positions
  • Rear View Camera with Trailer Hitch Assist
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System (distress call w/airbag deployment when ordered with SYNC)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) (SRW only)

2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Competition

Nissan NV Passenger Vs Ford Transit Passenger

Nissan NV is a strong offering in the boxy van category but its not enough to beat Ford. Ford's reliability is one thing plus the Transit's package as a whole is too savvy to miss. Nissan tries to match the Transit and puts up a good fight though not enough to overcome Ford. Power on the Nissan is lower than the Transit and so is the passenger volume. What the NV offers is low price and that is the only thing which makes a difference. People who run on a budget will like the Nissan NV more, the latter will go for the Transit.

Mercedes Benz Sprinter Passenger Vs Ford Transit Passenger

Sprinter was revived from the dead with a new face, power, and interior. The van manages to ferry passenger in style, it's literally the Mercedes Benz of passenger vans. Its price is a little bit higher than the Transit but that's justified. Mercedes delivers you a fine boxy van, they infused their luxury accent to a bit and also keep the utilitarian factor alive. Sprinter has everything to become the next big thing and it will be if Ford didn't do anything. The only place where Sprinter fails to perform is power, else it's a fine option.

2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van Final Verdict

The Ford Transit is called the segment leader for a reason. It's to the point and trumps functionality over everything else. The class-leading power and the highly customizable option aids the fact. The standard Transit might not be the most utilitarian but that doesn't stop Ford or adding more layers. You can avail a maximum cargo volume of 487 cubic feet which is beyond impressive in the trucking worlds.

The Transit's price might be higher than some vans but it's apt for what you are getting.