The only thing the 2014 Ford Transit Connect shares with the model it replaces is the name. It uses a new platform, has slick new styling, two new engines backed by a new transmission, it's now available with two wheelbase lengths, and there are new tech infotainment options.
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.
The 2015 Ford Transit Connect minivan comes in two flavors: as the passenger-hauling wagon that seats up to seven, or as a cargo van ready for commercial service. Each is available in two lengths. But even in long-wheelbase (LWB) form, the Transit Connect is rather small, roughly the length of a midsize sedan. This makes the Transit Connect easy to maneuver in parking lots and bustling city confines. While a LWB Transit Connect is larger than a Mazda5 minivan and small cargo haulers like the Nissan NV200, it doesn't offer the spaciousness of a full-size van like the Honda Odyssey or its own big brother, the Ford Transit. But for families and businesses looking for a roomy-yet-not-big van, the Transit Connect could be their Goldilocks.