Ford Transit Connect XL
The Ford Transit Connect XL is the basic model of Ford vans in this particular line. The XL is the basic package which includes features which bring you the comfort of a car yet the functionality of a truck. Many small businesses use this truck and find it very economical and easy on their budget.
This design of van makes it easy to drive and maneuver in a busy city environment. The curb weight of this van is just 3,347 lbs, which is 1,600 lbs less than a regular size van.
The basic design of this Ford Transit Connect includes ample seating for five. It has adjustable seats and steering wheel. There is an overhead storage compartment and door pockets for additional storage. There is more storage on the dash top as well.
The overall look of the Transit Connect
Drivers love this van as they say they feel as though they are sitting in an extremely comfortable car. It is not until they look behind them to remember they are driving a van.
The payload capacity of this van is 1,600 lbs. The Ford Transit Connect has 129.6 cubic feet of cargo area. You can easily fit items that are 6 feet long, 4 feet wide and almost 5 feet in height inside the cargo area.
The cargo area is also very customizable and can easily handle ladders, storage cabinets and additional storage containers.
The cargo area is very accessible with sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle. The rear doors on the Ford Transit Connect XL have a standard 180 degree swing angle.
You can customize your window panel features on this vehicle as well. The Transit Connect offers you four window options.
- No glass
- 2nd row and rear glass door
- 2nd row passenger glass only
- Rear door glass only
The Ford Transit Connect comes with a reverse sensing system making it easy to back up to load and unload your cargo.
The rear view mirror provides you with an image on your driver’s mirror. This video image really helps guide you when backing up at slow speeds. This feature only works when the vehicle is shifted into reverse.
Another standard feature on the Ford Transit Connect is the Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control. This system uses reduced engine power and selective wheel braking to allow the driver to have more control over the vehicle. If you find yourself having to swerve or turn too quickly the system automatically kicks in to prevent the vehicle from rolling and allows you to gain control quickly.
Some of the safety features on this van include driver and passenger front airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The Ford Transit Connect XL has a starting price of $21,810 and fuel consumption is rated at 21 mpg for city driving and 27 mpg when being driven on the highway.