It can haul more stuff than a , but can turn as tightly as a midsize sedan. Even though I have no business renovating a kitchen or arranging a bouquet of roses, I think people with equipment, materials or merchandise to transport will like what the Transit Connect has to offer. These can be ordered with Crew Chief software that tracks the vehicle's location in real time, the length of time it spends idling, seatbelt usage, average speed, and how often hard braking occurs. And the best thing that could be said of that setup is that it's far less cumbersome than driving a traditional, V-8 E-van or worse, a cube van. In the end, the Transit Connect is a modern-looking compact truck that will do the style- and efficiency-conscious business owner proud. That low ride height is also a boon for loading cargo, because it means the cargo floor is close to the ground.
The main criticism in reviews of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect concerns visibility. The van has responsive steering, decent power, comfortable bucket seats and great forward visibility. But in Europe, noted Kuzak, it is often converted for personal use. Send Mike an Hide full review. Even though I have no business renovating a kitchen or arranging a bouquet of roses, I think people with equipment, materials or merchandise to transport will like what the Transit Connect has to offer. The 2010 Ford Transit Connect comes standard with a 2.
Initially, at least, Transit Connect will be imported from a Ford plant in Turkey, but longer term, if it gains a foothold, a North American production site could be in the cards. The same thing might happen State-side, as well. And the distinctive sides also provide a striking mobile billboard. Large side windows in front and very upright A-pillars also help visibility. The 2010 Transit Connect feels smaller and more maneuverable on the road than it is. The Transit Connect has a bit of a dorky vibe to it. To meet the needs of small businesses and practical-minded consumers, Ford is bringing the Transit Connect, formerly available in Europe and other spots around the globe, to the United States.
The load bay is 6 feet long, 5 feet high, and 4 feet wide between the rear wheel arches, with a lift-over height of just 2 feet above the ground. The second-row bench seat splits, folds, and holds two or three additional passengers. Acceleration off the line is hardly lightning fast, but it suffices for urban use. In other words, it drives small. Midrange acceleration is good, as are the brakes discs in front, drums in the rear , which include anti-lock protection. The 2010 Ford Transit Connect is hardly a hot-handling hatchback, but it's not meant to be. If you need to pass someone on the highway, though, you mostly get more engine noise as the transmission kicks down — raising engine rpm — and only a slow increase in speed.
When you first see it, you almost expect a few clowns and a circus monkey to jump out one of the sliding side doors and throw a pie in your face. The Transit Connect has great forward visibility. Front and side airbags are standard for front-seat passengers. The best-rated E-150 gets just 14 mpg city, 18 mpg highway from a 225-horsepower 4. The powertrain package is expected to deliver 19 mpg city, 24 highway. And the Transit Connect van, debuting at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, is another. Horsepower 136-hp 6,300 rpm Fuel tank capacity 15.
Ford is proud of the Transit Connect's 39-foot turning circle, and the little truck was impressive on a tight figure-eight Ford set up for us. Hard plastics abound, as this interior boasts utility over comfort, but for those needing the extra space, the Transit Connect will suit them well. The Transit Connect beats the next One Ford model to our market, the Fiesta, by roughly six months. Payload is 1,600 pounds, and there's 135 cubic feet of cargo space. What makes it so goofy-looking? All Transit Connects are front-wheel drive.
While this may not be the best time to launch a new van, its success or failure could become a leading economic indicator. That's also when Ford installs the in-vehicle computer and telematics tracking system offered as Ford Work Solutions. Engine bore x stroke 3. The hood can be locked along with the front doors and the cargo doors-which are keyed separately. The payload of the electric version will be 1,400 pounds, a mere 200-pound reduction against the gasoline version. After years of great success in Europe and elsewhere, the Ford Transit Connect has been brought to the United States for those buyers looking for something big enough to carry moderately large cargo, small enough to easily navigate narrow roads and equipped with the necessary in-cabin technology capable of keeping their cargo, jobs and daily lives organized. It takes a bit of training to avoid clipping curbs when making sharp turns, because the rear wheels are so far to the rear at the van's corners.
Single stainless steel exhaust S Front-wheel drive S Battery amp hours 50Ah 4 speed automatic transmission S Overdrive S Transmission lock-up torque converter S Axle ratio 4. The body is double-skinned to lessen the damage from minor dings, and each wheel opening has a durable rubber trim molding. It can be stuffed with high-tech tools to make work easier, but lacks basic creature comforts like power doors. For easy urban maneuverability, the curb-to-curb turning circle is just 39 feet, and the power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering makes it easy to park. Electronic stability control is optional on Cargo models, but standard on the Wagon version. Four different configurations are on display in Chicago, including a traveling equipment hauler for the well-known blues man, Eddie Shaw, and his band, the Wolf Gang.