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2015 Ford Transit 250 Van

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2015 Ford Transit 250 Van Expert Review

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In order to stand out in a crowded work-van segment among the likes of the Ram ProMaster, Nissan NV and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the all-new 2015 Ford Transit Van (for cargo) and Transit Wagon (for passengers) offer oceans of variety: three roof heights, two wheelbases (regular – 129.9 inches, and long – 147.6 inches), and six body lengths. You can also configure the Transit to haul from eight to 15 passengers, and choose from three engine choices – all paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 3.7-liter V-6 is standard, but Ford expects the popular choice to be the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost. The 3.2-liter Power Stroke 5-cylinder diesel engine is ideal for people who plan on driving long distances from job to job.

You'll Like This Car If...

Everybody needs a versatile mobile work station. Ford has partnered with 11 upfitters – eight of which are 20 miles or less from where the Transit is assembled in Kansas City – to offer a wide variety of options.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Do you plan on adding options to your work van, but are working against a strict budget? The bottom line can climb quickly depending on what you're looking to add on.

How It Ranks

#11

out of 15

Horsepower

#17

out of 17

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What's New for 2015

The 2015 Ford Transit is all-new for 2015. From the ground up, the new Transit steps in to fill the hole the E-Series work van leaves behind after more than five decades in production.

Driving the Transit 250 Van

Driving Impressions Lumbering along at speed, the all-new Ford Transit's turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine can get up and go in a spirited fashion, but you still won't win any drag races....

... A very impressive and tight turning radius makes it easy to stick the Transit behind buildings in small alleys. The Transit's unibody structure will make you forget about the E-Series quickly when behind the wheel, thanks to a nimble driving experience. When loaded up with passengers, the new Transit feels composed and is more than capable of handling all of the weight.

CREW CHIEF
An optional feature, but if you're a fleet manager, this will come in handy when trying to boost productivity while reducing operating costs. Crew Chief gives reports on things like unsafe driving, fuel efficiency, and when a vehicle is due in for service.

3.5-LITER V6 ECOBOOST ENGINE
With more than 500,000 high-power/high-fuel-economy units already sold in Ford cars and trucks around the world, it only makes sense that the EcoBoost engine option is the way to go in the 2015 Transit.

2015 Ford Transit 250 Van Details
2015 Ford Transit 250 Van photo Interior

Work vans used to be a sparse and unhospitable place to spend a work day. That's not the case anymore thanks to things like SYNC with MyFord Touch and comfortable, supportive seats. Combine those things with enough storage space up front to hold a tablet computer, a smartphone, and a few water bottles and you have the Transit's interior. Cloth or leather seats are available and, unlike other competitors in the work-van segment, the Transit's steering wheel tilts and telescopes which creates a comfortable driving position (we're looking at you, Ram ProMaster).

Exterior

The all-new Ford Transit comes in three roof profiles (low – 83.6 inches, medium – 100.8 inches, and high –110.1 inches) and six body lengths ranging from 217.8 inches to 263.9 inches. Tinted glass, 16-inch steel wheels with color-keyed hubcaps, and a black surround can be seen on the Aston Martin-esque front grille on all 2015 Transit models. As for the Wagon XLT, the Exterior Upgrade Package – which includes full wheel covers, a chrome grille and grille surround, and headlight trim – is standard along with everything previously mentioned.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

For the 2015 Ford Transit, 16-inch wheels and hubcaps, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and power windows and locks are standard. Black front and rear bumpers with front lower valence and a rear step are also standard, along with short-arm, dual power side mirrors and tinted windows. The Wagon XL passenger van brings 6-speaker audio and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Wagon XLT gets a chrome grille surround, automatic headlights and an upgraded 8-speaker sound system.

Optional Equipment

A 10-way power driver's seat, an engine-block heater and rear parking-aid sensors are just some of the available options on the 2015 Ford Transit. Other optional features include extendable mirrors, Crew Chief, cruise control, keyless entry, and SYNC with MyFord Touch with a 6-inch touch screen and navigation. A CNG/LPG engine prep package is available for models equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 engine.

Under the Hood

Depending on what you plan on using your 2015 Ford Transit for, there are three engine choices available, all of which are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift and a tow/haul mode. Ford promises that the Transit will be as much as 46 percent more fuel efficient than the E-Series equipped with the turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. The standard-issue 3.7-liter V6 is expected to get 19 percent better fuel economy than the highway fuel-consumption rating on the outgoing E-Series. The EPA has rated both of the V6 engines – the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 3.7-liter – at 14 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway. The 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel 5-cylinder is not rated by the EPA.

3.7-liter V6
275 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg

3.5-liter turbocharged V6
310 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg

3.2-liter diesel inline-5
185 horsepower @ 3,000 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

The 2015 Ford Transit model starts just north of $30,000, while a fully-loaded Transit work van can stop just short of $50,000. For comparison's sake, the Ram ProMaster starts a hair over $26,000 and tops out in the mid-$40,000 range. At the other end of the spectrum, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter starts at just over $35,000 and can climb into the high-$40,000 range in the blink of an eye.

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2015 Ford Transit 250 Van Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
5.0
Out of 10

Based on 1 Ratings for the 2015 models.

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  • Value
    4.0/10
    Quality
    2.0/10
  • Reliability
    5.0/10
    Performance
    6.0/10
  • Comfort
    3.0/10
    Styling
    5.0/10

Not the best

By on Thursday, November 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Good MPG, rides nice"

Cons: "Just too much to mention here, read review"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"The much vaunted upgrade is only really good on mileage, assuming you get very far. I just turned 36,00 miles after a year of commercial driving, rear brakes, gone! They are small to begin with and I got 2 days warning there was a problem, scored the discs as well but if you have to get them replaced be ready to pay dearly as the axle has to come off ($400-$500 bill not including the pads and changing the transaxle fluid. Ford didn't offer me anything as I had just turned 36k miles (I was 152 miles past) and by the way that earlier price was not a dealership cost so tack on another $200-$300. The front brakes are at about 35% so will need to be done soon as well. I expected at least 75k miles before brakes, I'm a professional driver and very easy on brakes so this is unusual I think. I'm getting a series of popping sounds out of the steering column now too and have no idea what it may be, not sense taking it to Ford as I'm out of warranty. The interior set up is not great, yeah they have like 6 places to put your drink (I'm not kidding) and a cubby for your cellphone as long as it's not wider than an iphone, if you have a Galaxy Note or similar forget it. There are two power outlets and a USB (part of upgrade stereo hd and sirius)The steering wheel controls make no sense, there is no mute button for stereo because they assume you will be using the Sync System but frankly I don't want my conversations to be heard by everyone in the vehicle (It's used as a transporter for wheelchair patients) and being that I'm tall and have to keep the seat all the way back I have to lean forward to turn off stereo when a call comes in (I wear a bluetooth). The leather seats are not very padded and are only about 4-5" thick and by the way the battery is under your seat cushion, it's supposed to tilt up to access but really I don't like the idea of a battery under my rear end. Its not all bad, the mileage is pretty good as long as you don't use the AC too much (I live in Arizona) you can expect 13 to 15 mpg which is still 25% better than my old E Series. It drives well but can be ginchy in high wind because of the raised roof. I wish I had another choice but I've heard the Promaster has it's issues too as well as the Mercedes so there you go."

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