3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Ford Transit Connect

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Aimed primarily at the business market, the Ford Transit Connect appeals to buyers who don’t quite need the space—or thirst—of a traditional full-size van. That niche has proved big enough to justify a complete redesign and expansion of the line.

What's New for 2014

The Transit Connect sports friendlier styling throughout, new engines and features, and a long wheelbase version with available third-row seating.

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Choosing Your Ford Transit Connect

The Transit Connect looks more like a civilian vehicle this year thanks to sleeker styling and a lower roofline. Standard bodies can hold up to 106 cubic feet of cargo; the new long-wheelbase model bumps that to 131. Every Transit Connect has dual sliding doors and your choice of a liftgate or swing-out doors in the rear.

All versions start out with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 169 horsepower that returns 25 mpg in combined driving. The optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder provides 178 horsepower along with slightly better fuel economy. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to the front wheels.

Cargo models seat two up front, while wagon versions can handle five or seven passengers depending on the trim level:

XL Cargo

The stripped-down delivery van comes with vinyl upholstery and floor coverings, a fold-down passenger seat, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a basic two-speaker sound system.

XL Wagon

Available only in long-wheelbase, the XL Wagon adds three-row seating, power second-row windows and a front console.

XLT Cargo

The delivery van gets more comfortable with cloth seats, body-color bumpers, fog lamps, power heated mirrors, cruise control, an in-dash display screen, overhead storage and a CD player.

XLT Wagon

There are a few extra amenities with a review camera, rear climate controls and rear privacy glass.

Titanium Wagon

The ultimate passenger Transit offers leather seats with front heat and driver power, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, adaptive cornering fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding mirrors and a four-speaker sound system with Ford’s Sync voice command system and alloy wheels.

Several car-like options are now available on the Transit Connect, including a fixed panoramic sunroof, satellite and HD radio, parking sensors and a navigation system. There’s also a telematics system—Crew Chief—designed specifically for fleet operators.

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CarsDirect Tip

The latest Transit Connect is surprisingly civilized inside, so the entry-level XL will suffice for most commercial uses. If you’re looking for a personal vehicle, take note: The Titanium wagon will cost you far less than a similarly equipped mainstream minivan.





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