2016 Ford Transit Connect Overview

Andre Query
Automotive Editor - November 19, 2015

Since its initial release, the Transit Connect van has evolved a bit of a split personality. On the one hand, the van line serves as a strictly commercial-duty vehicle, with good cargo space and decent urban maneuverability. On the other, the wagon line has evolved (thanks to some heavy interior redesign) into a family offering that bridges the gap between the mini- and full-sized van.

No matter what your need, the Transit Connect offers a compellingly priced workhorse with more choices and features than one would expect from such a utilitarian vehicle.

What's New for 2016

Changes to the 2016 Transit Connect are relatively minor but include new standard equipment and a few options. The flexible-fuel system is now standard on vans with the 2.5-liter inline-four engine. A pair of fold-flat bucket seats are now available in the second row of seating in place of the traditional three-person bench. Finally, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert is now optional on the XLT and Titanium models.

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Choosing Your Ford Transit Connect

Before choosing your Transit Connect, you first need to define its primary purpose. Will it be for transporting groups of people, family commuting, and the like? If so, then the passenger wagon is likely the model for you. If you’re more apt to use your Transit Connect for commercial purposes, then the van is probably more your speed.

Each van style is offered with either a standard or extended wheelbase. Wagon wheelbases are determined by trim. All models are offered with rear liftgate, or rear symmetrical doors. Standard wheelbase can hold up to 106 cubic feet of cargo while the extended bodies bump the available space to 131 cubic feet.

Standard across all Transit Connect models is a 2.5-liter 160-horsepower engine that offers an estimated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. A 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is available as an option on the short wheelbase models. It delivers 178 horsepower and an estimated fuel rating of 22/30 mpg. All Transit Connects are front wheel drive, and each engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Van XL

Comes ready to tackle your next job with manual four-way adjustable/fold-flat passenger seat, dual sliding doors, 180-degree swing-out rear cargo doors, vinyl floor covering throughout, 16-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, basic AM/FM stereo, and manual air conditioning. Additional available options include second-row fixed glass on passenger or both sides, power adjustable heated mirrors, daytime running lights, engine block heater, and reverse sensing system.

Wagon XL

The Wagon XL builds on the Van XL with seating for seven, second- and third-row fold flat-bench seating, rear seat climate control, carpeted floor mats, and first-, second-, and third-row curtain airbags. Also of note is that the Wagon XL is only available with the extended wheelbase.


Moving to the Van XLT builds on the XL with interior comfort and details that include manually adjustable driver and front passenger seats, an AM/FM/CD stereo with audio input jack, 4.2-inch LCD multi-function display with steering wheel controls, and cruise control.

Wagon XLT

Mirrors the Van XLT and adds your choice of five- or seven-passenger seating and a rearview camera. Also, the Wagon XLT is only available with the standard wheelbase.

Wagon Titanium

The Wagon Titanium is the premier Transit Connect passenger vehicle. It builds on the previous wagon trims with leather-trimmed seating for seven, a six-way power adjustable drivers seat, heated front seats, dual-zone front temperature control, cornering fog lamps, a rear window defroster, and power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors.

CarsDirect Tip

If you’re looking for a family vehicle, we really like the Wagon Titanium. It offers a lot of value at a significantly lower cost than a similarly equipped minivan, and the interior has also come a long way in terms of comfort.

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