2019 Ford Transit Connect Overview

Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor - October 30, 2018

For 2019, Ford continues to improve the Transit Connect Wagon, not only in vehicle versatility, but also in terms of safety equipment and more curvy styling. While its compact design has already won over the commercial crowd, the Transit Connect looks to gain further in the retail segment with all-new powertrains and Ford’s latest infotainment gear.

What's New for 2019

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect receives two new powertrains (one of which includes a diesel), a revised dash layout, updated fascias, and restyled headlights.

Ford Transit Connect

Choosing Your Ford Transit Connect

Ford offers the Transit Connect as both a Cargo Van, which has panel-sliding doors and split-opening rear cargo doors, and a Passenger Wagon, in an attempt to meet the demands of the retail market. Much smaller than a traditional minivan, the Transit Connect is a practical alternative to the larger Transit and is less expensive than today’s traditional minivan. Despite its light-duty nature, it can handle a 1,700-pound load and tow 2,000 pounds when equipped with the optional towing package.

The regular-length van or wagon seats five, while the extended versions can seat six or seven passengers. The extended version carries an identical appearance, disregarding its additional 15 inches of wheelbase, of course.

The Ford Transit Connect’s smaller size enables more efficient engines compared to its larger brethren. A 2.0-liter direct injection four-cylinder is new and becomes the standard engine. It develops 150 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque and is solely routed to the front wheels. The second engine is a 1.5-liter direct injection turbodiesel that will be available in early 2019. While power figures haven't been released, it's expected to deliver greater than 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Both engines are paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Fleet customers can choose a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that includes a CNG/ LPG conversion kit. This engine generates 169 hp and is paired with a six-speed transmission.

The Transit Connect is available in three trims: XL, XLT, and Platinum, which is only available as a Passenger Wagon.

XL

The XL is available in Cargo Van form for $25,295 (all prices include the $1,195 destination charge); the extended wheelbase is $1,000 more. The XL Passenger Wagon starts at $28,040, and is only available with the long wheelbase and includes an additional row of seating. The diesel engine is $1,995 more on both the Cargo Van and Passenger Wagon.

The standard features of the Cargo Van are tailored to the commercial industry, as demonstrated by the vinyl seats and flooring as well as manual adjustment for the exterior mirrors. Despite this basic approach, the Transit Connect includes automatic emergency braking as standard equipment.

The XL Passenger Wagon adds power second-row windows, fixed third-row side windows, and a one-piece liftgate with fixed glass, which replaces the 180-degree opening rear cargo doors. The interior also gets added equipment such as a dual-zone automatic front and manual rear climate control, floor carpet, cruise control, a 110-volt power outlet, and seating for up to six.

The XL’s list of standalone options is a long one. Interior materials can be swapped for cloth at no cost and Sync 3 can be had for $595 without navigation or $995 with it built-in. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert can be had for $575, power adjustable and heated mirrors are offered for $195. The standard 16-inch steel wheels can be replaced by aluminum ones of the same size for $495. An electric windshield and heated washer nozzles are a bit of luxury for just $375 – fully worth considering for anyone in the snow-belt region. The Trailer Tow Package ($395) adds a tow hitch and trailer sway control.

XLT

The XLT trim’s pricing starts at $27,240 for the regular-wheelbase Cargo Van, or $28,295 for the Passenger Wagon. The XLT brings body-colored bumpers, Sync 3, wireless charging, cruise control, power and heated mirrors, and premium cloth seats. The XLT is also the first time a three-passenger second row is offered, thereby increasing the passenger count to seven.

Newly available options include dual-zone climate control for $275, Sync 3 with navigation for $495, remote start for $495, and fog lights that aid in turning visibility for $125. Only available on the Passenger Wagon, the XLT Premium Package ($1,910) adds HID headlights, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a mid-vehicle overhead console, leather-trimmed seats, and some active safety technologies. A fixed panoramic moonroof is available on the Passenger Wagon for $995.

Titanium

Only available in Passenger Wagon form, the Platinum trim is priced from $31,410 and includes standard equipment such as the turbodiesel engine, proximity entry with push button start, exclusive 16-inch aluminum wheels, and additional chrome exterior trim pieces. With the long wheelbase model ($3,375 extra), the second-row seats are available as bucket seats or a bench seat. The Titanium Premium Package ($1,475) includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward and reverse sensing, lane keeping assist, and the panoramic moonroof.

CarsDirect Tip

The upgraded materials and painted bumpers are significant gains with the 2019 Ford Transit Connect XLT trim. Add on the panoramic roof for the rear passengers, and this vehicle has few shortfalls.

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