The mobility package, making access easier for those with physical handicaps, has been updated by Ford's aftermarket partner, MobilityWorks. FYI: An all-new 2014 Transit Connect has been revealed, and while its launch date for the U.S. has not been formally announced it should arrive stateside in the second half of 2013.
For 2012, the Transit Connect is equipped with Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. Previously optional, AdvanceTrac is an electronic traction and stability control program that greatly increases safety. A passenger-friendly XLT Premium Wagon is added to the lineup, featuring a three-person second-row bench seat.
To meet the needs of small businesses and practical-minded consumers, Ford is bringing the Transit Connect, formerly available in Europe and other spots around the globe, to the United States. Why bring a somewhat funky car/van/wagon to America? Because schlepping moderate amounts of goods around town in a traditional commercial cargo van is often inefficient, while small panel vans like the Chevy HHR can be just too small. In kind of a "just right" size, the Transit Connect offers a lower price, lower operating costs and more versatility than bigger vans, and it's been well-proven in some tough areas. There really is nothing quite like it on the American market.
By John (RI) on Sunday, October 14, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cheap Original Cost"
Cons: "Too small and weak to perform"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Currently a Service Manager for a Food and Beverage service company. We replaced three of our trucks in November of 2011, from E250 and Sprinters. The thought was better fuel rates and cheaper investment. However the Transit is extremely uncomfortable if you are taller then 5'7", no leg room at all. We have racked the trucks however we have found that there is not enough room for what we do. A large hill is the trucks enemy, no power to get out of its own way. The three trucks fuel consumption is about 20mpg average when stock with equipment. Tank is so small that techs are having refuel twice a day, decreasing billable time. At this point we have sold one, the other two are being sold. We will never purchase these again."
19 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Dudbuster (West Virginia) on Wednesday, January 12, 2011
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"My requirements were for a small vehicle to transport my power wheelchair. Ford provided $1,200 toward the installation of a lift to load the chair. There is room to carry the chair behind the second row of seats. The tilt & telescope steering wheel and adjustable drivers seat, allows my wife at 5'1" and myself at 6'2" to both comfortably operate the vehicle. Power door locks, mirrows, remote start, backup alarm and engine heater add to the pleasure of driving the transit connect."
15 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By Robertl3rd (CA) on Saturday, February 04, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price, good MPG, fun to drive, lots of room"
Cons: "Blind spots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"At 6' 3", 248# most american cars have become to small for me to drive, including small trucks. I didn't want a large truck any longer due to fuel costs. This little van is an awesome trade off. 25 MPG, 1500# cargo load, and convertible seats in the rear. Plus, sitting in the drivers seat, I can just barely touch the ceiling. My only gripe is how small the side view mirrors are. Leaves blind spots. This isn't a race car, but it is very fun to drive along with tight turning radius's."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful