With its Transit
van for 2016, Ford joins Ram, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz in offering a cutting-edge, European-style work van, leaving GM as the only major manufacturer still saddled with a decades-old body-on-frame design. The 2016 cargo-oriented Transit and passenger-friendly Transit
Wagon offer a wide variety of configurations, including three varying roof heights, a short- and long-wheelbase option and six body lengths. Passenger models can carry from eight to 15 passengers, and engine choices include a turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and Power Stroke 5-cylinder diesel. For those seeking an alternative fuel source, the 3.7-liter V6 can be prepped to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Ford also offers a dizzying array of work-
truck options allowing customization of the Transit’s massive cargo bay.
Cons: "Surprisingly low tow ratings for so much power"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My transit 250 is a long, medium roof, ecoboost that I use for business. I drive 95% hwy, and tow/haul 5000 lbs 90% of the time. I had one issue fixed by recall...the air filter. The sliding door also doesnt close easily. I am 6' 2" and 210, and even with cargo cage I have plenty of room. This drives like a car and is amazingly smooth. Visibility is an issue as I would highly recommend a window for the passenger cargo sliding door being put in for visibility as that is a blind spot when turning left....otherwise I drive well with just my mirrors. This drives and tows fully loaded very easily....the engine and transmission are the stars, but the ride is just as nice. I have no issues with brakes although I will have them checked again due to what I am reading. I noticed the complaints seem to be from the people haulers, but I am surprised in any case. Almost 2 years with oil changes about every 8-10k miles, and I am using full synthetic. Van tells me when I have oil change or any other maintenance due....computers in the vehicles are great for reminding of any due maintenance. Until I have a serious issue I cant complain. The tires may be an issue....but my Hancooks are wearing fine....I have at least another 20k left, but maybe 30. There are limited choices on these...that I do know. I do know that snow is a handicap and to make sure to turn off the TRS....I have limited slip and the traction control negates this if left on when road or drive is slippery. I had an old 90's e250 that had about 440k miles, built like a rock...that definitely led me to this. Except for tow ratings.....this is an upgrade in every area. My gas mileage went from 10mpg to about 18.....even loaded and towing I still get 11 to 12. I can get 20 if I drive 60 without wind.....another issue I have not had a problem with. Also, I can almost stand up in back....and the padding they use to cushion the sides definitely holds up well, and I believe helps keep it quiet...which was another big surprise. Absolutely the quietest out of all the vans which I did drive before I bought. Also, there is a
FORD warranty that can be bought, up to 36k miles....that will cover up to 150k or 8yrs for about 4,000.....I only mention for the folks that seem to have issues. Im happy and dont believe I will need it....can you tell?"
Cons: "Not good in snow, limited tire options, min towing"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have been driving now for 14 months, 26k miles, and I tend to drive long drives without lots of stopping. No major work, had recall on air filter which got replaced. I also had to take it in to get SYNC update as I couldn't do it. I have the a lwb, ls 3.31, ecoboost, mid roof, premium package, leather, autostart, and sync. So far so good overall. Tows like a dream with plenty of power. It is more expensive than competition except Sprinter...and even that is fairly close. So only time will truly tell if this was worth the money. I wish I had gotten the 3.73 axle just because I am towing....and for the size/power I feel the transit should be able to haul/tow more. Also, if you put in a cargo cage, it completely kills the use of a power seat as the seat wont recline and I could manually adjust for as much as it is mobile. Tis is a great van to load and haul if light/mid weight....I avg about 18.5 mpg, even loaded at 60 mph. I towed 7300 pounds by accident and was rather amazed at the power and ease of stopping, and 13.5 mpg average. I normally tow my cargo trailer, even loaded its 3500 pounds. The van itself is 6000 pounds, and gcwr is 11200....so I can tow and load 5200 pounds, which fortunately for me is enough, but for many it may seem light. I feel it should do better, but not without going over recommended limits set by Ford. I got this loaded van for about 39k, and 2.9 apr.....so am happy so far. Time is the real evaluator. Also, the resale value is really terrible....which surprised me....I spent 39 on a van that listed 42.5.....and within a year it is only valued at 26....that's a 33% drop pretty much immediately, and that doesn't include the $5000 ramp, cargo mat, cage, and diamond plating I added. I might as well have set fire to them.....I outgrew the van quickly, so had to buy a trailer which I figured is a better value if you don't mind a trailer. Cost me 8000 for a great one with 400 cu.ft room, where as a long high transit would have cost me exactly the same to get an extra 100 sq ft."
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."