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2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT Review

Small Business Helper

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT

In short: A Euro-designed and built urban utility vehicle.

Judging from their recent ad campaigns, the people at Ford had a very specific market segment in mind when they developed the brand new Transit Connect: small business owners in need of a city-friendly cargo vehicle. In print advertisements and on the Web, Ford gives us glimpses into the extreme utility that this uniquely-styled van has to offer—vintners loading cases of wine into customizable cargo areas, grocers unloading organic veggies through dual sliding side doors, handymen (and women) navigating narrow inner-city alleyways—and to be honest, it's pretty impressive.

Upon receiving our tester, we were at first taken slightly aback by the Transit Connect's bold looks. Resembling something like a station wagon on steroids, this compact cargo van is definitely not the prettiest car on the road; however, what the Transit Connect lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in convenience and utility. With a wheelbase comparable to that of a mid-size sedan, the Transit Connect can maneuver about town and fit into tight parking spaces without a problem. Despite its lack of length, though, this smartly-designed van still manages to squeeze out an impressive 135 cubic feet of cargo room, thanks in large part to its extended ceiling height. Ford is also eager to help you maximize the efficiency of your van's storage space by providing recommendations on aftermarket companies that specialize in designing customized cargo management systems. Starting your own business is never easy; however, with the Ford Transit Connect, the road to success just got a little bit simpler to navigate.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $21,840 / As tested: $25,620

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 4-door cargo van

Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 136 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque: 128 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Curb weight:
3,470 lbs
Wheelbase: 114.6 in
Length/Width/Height: 180.6/70.7/79.3 in
Turning circle: 39 ft

Brakes:
two disc brakes including two ventilated discs; 4-wheel ABS
Suspension: strut front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs; beam rear suspension rigid with stabilizer bar and rear springs

Traction: Advance Trac(R) with Roll Stability Control(R); ABS; driveline

EPA City:
22 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

Safety:
driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags

 

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