2020 Ford Transit Connect in Vancouver
The Transit name may be closely associated with commercial vehicles, but the underlying engineering is flexible enough to be put to consumer use too, as the 2020 Ford Transit Connect shows.
Occupying an unusual middle ground between a family people carrier and an outright minivan, the Connect is largely aimed at moving larger groups of people around in spacious comfort and convenience. How does it meet its ambitions?
Body Shape and Styling
The overall look of the Transit Connect is unmistakably that of a wagon rather than a stylish SUV. It's practical and roomy, with the emphasis on interior comfort rather than sleek external lines. Nonetheless, the chunky grille, swept back headlights, and 16" aluminum wheels give the Connect a certain amount of style.
As standard, the Connect seats six people in individual seats, but an optional third-row bench increases the capacity to seven. The rear seats are accessed through sliding doors on both sides, and there's a choice between a liftgate or side-hinged doors to access the rear cargo space.
Engine and Performance
The standard engine offering is a straight 2.0L four-cylinder model producing 162 horsepower and 144lb-ft of torque, passed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to front-wheel drive. There's also the option of a 1.6L turbo I4 producing 178hp and 184lb-ft.
While neither configuration will see the Connect ripping up the race track or exploring the off-road wilderness, this isn't the intended market for the vehicle, and the power is perfectly respectable for general family driving.
Great Fuel Economy
Of course, there's a strong positive to the relatively low engine power. The Connect's fuel economy is way better than the average minivan, with figures of 9.9L / 100km in the city and 8.2L / 100km on the highway. If you need to move up to seven people around with great economy, the Transit Connect delivers.
The standard seats are well-cushioned and comfortable, making this a great vehicle for complaint-free long family journeys. There's plenty of legroom and headroom throughout, and rear access is easy thanks to the sliding doors.
In the rear, you can choose between a regular carpeted floor for comfort or a tough vinyl option for easy cleaning, and there's also a choice between fabric or leather upholstery on the seats.
As far as technology goes, all trims of the 2020 Connect include an infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio. Higher trims add extra charging points, navigation, wireless phone charging, and more.
2020 Ford Transit Connect Pricing
The base trim of the 2020 Transit Connect comes in at a highly reasonable $32,055, making this a good-value choice for efficient people carrying.
Test Drive the Ford Transit Connect for Sale in Vancouver
To see whether the 2020 Ford Transit Connect is the perfect fit for your people-moving needs, visit our Vancouver dealership to arrange a viewing and test drive. If you're looking for a passenger carrier with more space and convenience than a regular minivan, combined with excellent fuel economy under everyday driving conditions, the Transit Connect should be at the top of your list.