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2018 Ford Transit Connect Cargo KBB Expert Review

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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

The 2018 Ford Transit Connect is a mini minivan. A very capable mini minivan. Available as a cargo van or a comfortable people-mover, the Transit Connect is smaller and less expensive than minivans like the Honda Odyssey and full-size commercial vans like the Ford Transit and Nissan NV, plus the Ford is more maneuverable and it gets better fuel economy. It’s also plenty capable with up to 149 cubic feet of cargo space or seating for seven. Unlike the Ram ProMaster City and Nissan NV200, the 2018 Ford Transit Connect is available in two sizes, and the long-wheelbase model can still fit in the average residential garage. The Cargo Van is available in two trim levels, XL and XLT, while the Passenger Wagon gets three, XL, XLT and Titanium. They’re all front-wheel drive and powered by a 169-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a small vehicle that can hold seven people or one that is specifically designed for business or commercial purposes, you’ll like the 2018 Ford Transit Connect Ford. Because of its maneuverability, fuel efficiency and affordability, not to mention it garageability, it’s an excellent alternative to a big bulky van.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For some business owners and families, the 2018 Ford Transit Connect may be too small, even the long-wheelbase model and its 169 horsepower may just not be enough. The Mercedes-Benz Metris offers more power as well as higher towing and payload capacity, and the larger Ford Transit is about twice the size.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, the Ford Transit Connect gets available Premium Packages on XLT and the Titanium Passenger Wagon. Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen and rearview camera are now available on the XLT Cargo Van and Passenger Wagon while those models get standard automatic headlights with configurable daytime-running lights.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Two compelling reasons to buy a small van are for easier maneuverability and higher fuel economy, and the 2018 Ford Transit Connect delivers both. If your commercial fleet is transitioning out of or complementing its older, full-size cargo vans with the Transit Connect, this compact Ford will feel far easier to drive. With its unibody chassis and front-wheel-drive configuration, the Transit Connect is more akin to a higher-riding sedan than a traditional body-on-frame cargo van. We also like this Ford's tight turning radius -- especially helpful in city settings. The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine is adequate for its duties and pairs well with the 6-speed automatic transmission, although some rivals like the Mercedes Metris offer more horsepower and payload. As a family vehicle, it brings similar nimble traits but doesn't feel as substantial as larger passenger vans like the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica, which also offer more family-friendly features and significantly more power.

Favorite Features

A potential asset for fleet owners looking to improve efficiency, this system tracks a vehicle's location and also monitors its speed and how long it sits idle. It would also come in handy for parents of teenage drivers -- theoretically speaking, of course.

Ford consistently improves its Sync infotainment system and the 2018 Transit Connect offers the latest and greatest version, which is also now one of the easiest to use on the market. The system’s 6.5-inch touch screen even allows for phone-style navigation gestures like pinch and swipe and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

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