- 1 What’s New In Ford Transit Connect 2020
- 2 A Quick Review – What Does Transit Connect Have To Offer?
- 3 How Does It Feel On The Road?
- 4 Ride Quality, Powertrain, And Fuel Estimates
- 5 Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
- 6 Techy Specs And Safety Features
- 7 Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
- 8 Trim Levels – Features, Prices, And Packages
- 9 The Verdict
What’s New In Ford Transit Connect 2020
- Builds Up On The 2nd generation revealed in 2014
- A New Set Of Safety Features
- FCW And Auto Emergency Braking Are Now Standard
- Auto Headlights And Rearview Camera Are Now Standard
- Practical, Nimble, And Compact
- Features Some Of The Best Driver Assist Tech
- The Most Fun-To-Drive Van On The Market
- Available In A Variety Of Configurations
- The Engines Could Use Some Additional Power
- For A Regular Van Driver, Handling Will Be Unusual At First
- Honda Odyssey
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|Starting price: 24.7K USD||Number of seats: 7 (passenger van), 2 (cargo van)||Powertrain: 162hp @ 6500rpm|
|Fuel Economy: 24 miles per gallon city/29 mpg hwy||Configurations: cargo van/passenger van||Warranty: 3years/36K miles|
Overall Rating: 8/10
Ride Quality: 8/10
Value For Money: 8/10
A Quick Review – What Does Transit Connect Have To Offer?
Most Americans know Ford mainly because of the killer pick-up trucks. Folks around the world appreciate the industry-leading Crossover SUVs and sedans. However, this US-based manufacturer is also responsible for one of the best vans on the market. And with Ford Transit Connect 2020, they are ready to introduce an even better model than ever before.
Now, since it’s built on the same foundation as the 2014 edition, you can’t really expect it to be 100% different. Yet, there are enough new features/changes to call it a decent 2020 van. The addition of up-to-date safety features that mostly find their way into crossovers is a nice touch. Plus, many high-trim features are now standard, which is great news. Let us go ahead and see what the latest Connect has to offer in terms of comfort, ride quality, and trims.
How Does It Feel On The Road?
Just like the 2019 edition, the brand-new van is exceptional on the road.
Obviously, it’s not nearly as exciting as your favorite muscle car, but for a car this big, it’s surprisingly fun to be behind the wheel.
Usually, folks driving a fan (or even a large SUV) feel super bored; that’s not the case with this model. The brakes are impressively strong for this class; steering and handling are also on par with big crossovers, not vans/buses.
By the way, recently, Ford Transit Connect switched to the underpinnings of Ford Focus, a universal vehicle known for its flexible foundation. Therefore, it should become clear why it feels so good on the road and in the busy (and tight) city turns. The engine isn’t particularly strong (more about it in the next chapter), but suspension is 10 times more important here, and it gets the job done beautifully.
Ride Quality, Powertrain, And Fuel Estimates
The 2.0-lit 4-cyl is good enough for riding around, nothing more. The 1.5-lit turbo diesel, in turn, is aimed at better fuel efficiency, but in my opinion, it’s not really that good of a deal. Besides, the standard engine comes equipped with the highly effective start-stop system and it saves a lot of fuel in the long run. Again, the powertrain doesn’t make wonders happen, and at times, it might even feel like it lacks some HP, but nothing too critical.
As for the fuel consumption averages, 29 highway/24 city is what the drivers can expect to see on the meter.
The company didn’t make any new additions to the powertrain in Ford Transit Connect 2020; therefore, we have the same picture as before. Good news: noise reduction is great (has been for many years), and the overall ride quality is well above average.
Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
Remember I mentioned that this vehicle feels more like an SUV rather than a van? You’ll see exactly what I’m talking about the second you get into the cabin. While it’s spacious, cozy, and comfy, it also has that premium feel that only the best crossovers on the market have. Visibility and adjustability are the best in the class. Plus, the material quality has improved over the years, and the interior doesn’t feel like that of a work car.
Getting in and out is very easy, even for tall people. The 2nd-row is just as roomy as the 1st one. The 3rd row is, of course, a bit more cramped, but it’s still ok even for grown-ups. It’s important to note that buyers can pick between two different wheelbases: short and long. The long wheelbase offers 104 feet of cargo space with all seats folded. With the short wheelbase, you’ll get only 78 cubic feet (which is still quite impressive).
Techy Specs And Safety Features
Safety is one of the biggest concerns for big families. And I’m glad to say that with Ford Transit Connect 2020, you’ll have more safety features than ever before. Blind-spot monitoring and lane keeping assist are some of the best safety elements in the industry, and now they’re available with this van. Plus, auto headlights, rearview camera, auto (emergency) braking and FCW are a part of the entry-level XL trim.
Add Ford’s fantastic Sync 3 (the infotainment system), complete Smartphone integration, and a decent set of speakers, and you’ll get one of the best offers on the market. And let’s not forget that this vehicle performs better than most in the crash tests, which, again, is critical for a passenger van. Alright, now that we’ve gone through ride quality, interior quality, and techy features, it’s time to take a closer look at the available trims.
Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
Unlike Ford F-150 and its 6 trims, Connect only offers 3 to pick from: XL, XLT, and Titanium. Important note: these trims are available for the passenger van. If you’re looking to buy the cargo edition, you won’t get the luxury-level trim. Also, as mentioned earlier, there are two wheelbases to pick from. Drivers looking for a reliable and durable “work horse” to carry around weights won’t be disappointed in the cargo configuration.
It can tow anything up to 2K pounds (the same is true for both configurations) and is generally quite comfortable. But, of course, it can’t compare to the “civilized” version. Let’s focus on the passenger van, as it offers more comfort, techy features, and more seats. In my opinion, the Ford Transit Connect 2020 XL trim is the best pick, but I’ll let you decide.
Trim Levels – Features, Prices, And Packages
The entry-level XL trim costs the same as last year: ~27K USD. Please note that the cargo editions are a lot cheaper (the difference in all trims is up to 10%). So, what will you get with XL? The list includes auto breaking, FCW, auto headlights, rearview camera, air conditioning, and more. See – there are more than enough safety and comfort features to satisfy even the most demanding passengers.
But, there’s always the opportunity to switch to XLT for additional 2K USD and get even more up-to-date treats. With it, you’ll get leather for the seats, a bigger screen, HD radio, a surround sound system for your ears (6 speakers in total), and 16-inch wheels. Finally, we have Titanium, the most expensive pick (31.5K).
An 8-inch touchscreen, fog-/head-lights, advanced climate control, keyless entry, auto cruise control, and a better-looking interior – that’s what you can count on with this trim. The difference in price between the basic and the most expensive tears is less than 5K. Go through the available features once again to see whether you need to pay a top dollar for all that or not.
As you can see, Ford Transit Connect 2020 is basically the same as the 2019 edition. The fact that Ford introduced even more safety features is a huge pro, especially since this is a family vehicle. Secondly, they made several features free (meaning they come with the entry-level trim).
The bottom line is – a year later, Connect is still one hell of a van, both for passengers and cargo.
The ride quality, interior design, comfort, roominess, and techy features are well above average. Obviously, this car isn’t for anyone. So, you’ll need to think long and hard before deciding whether you need a 7-passenger van instead of a crossover SUV. The closest rivals, mentioned in the very beginning, also deserve your attention.
Odyssey, Sedona, ProMaster City and City Express are almost as good as Connect. Make sure to check them out as well before going ahead with the purchase. Or, and don’t forget about the video below – it will help you learn more about Ford’s fantastic van.