By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 6/13/2011
One year after its introduction, skeptics of Ford's Transit Connect van find themselves eating crow, while Ford's profits balloon. Designed for the European market, the compact 2011 Ford Transit Connect is easy on fuel, relatively inexpensive to purchase and as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife. Ford rightly predicted a market for a small, four-cylinder delivery vehicle that could maneuver the tight confines of city traffic much easier than a full-size van or delivery truck. Smarter yet, Ford has enlisted a number of aftermarket providers who can customize the Transit Connect to be whatever its owners require, from a well-organized delivery truck to a rolling repair shop. With no competition to speak of, Ford is free to run as far as sales of the Transit Connect will take it which, by all accounts, is going to be quite some distance.You'll Like This Car If...
Whether you run a small business or just like funky, versatile vehicles, there's a 2011 Ford Transit Connect for you. The tall cargo bay, available 255-degree opening rear doors and numerous equipment packages make the Transit Connect much more practical than a car-based van or CUV.You May Not Like This Car If...
While the 2011 Ford Transit Connect is very versatile, there are limits to the size and weight of objects it can hold. If you need to transport large or heavy items, a full-size van with a big V8 is probably still the best choice.What's Significant About This Car?
For 2011, Ford adds a compressed natural gas package, taxi prep package, Mobility prep package and an XLT Premium upgrade package. Also new is an online custom-graphics program that allows owners to create custom graphic appliques for their Transit Connects.Driving It Driving Impressions
If you think driving the 2011 Ford Transit Connect is probably much like driving a small minivan, you wouldn't be far off. Despite its tall roof, the Transit Connect is only a few inches wider than Ford's Focus compact sedan, which explains why it's so easy to fit into tight parking spots and navigate narrow alleyways. The vehicle's 39-foot turning circle is also about the same as the average minivan and, while not as tight as some compact cars, it's certainly better than any full-size van we've driven. If the Transit Connect has one area for improvement, it's under the hood. The 2.0-liter gas engine can get the job done, but Ford's European diesel engine would be so much better, offering more torque and superior fuel economy. Ah, well; maybe when gas hits six bucks a gallon.Favorite Features
255-Degree Swing-Open Rear Doors
The 255-degree angle folds the doors completely out of the way, allowing for much easier access to the cargo area.
In-Dash Computer System
This Microsoft Windows-based computer system can do just about everything a regular desktop computer can; it even comes with a keyboard and mouse.