2017 Ford Transit Connect Overview
- Van and wagon model versions available
- Available regular or extended wheelbases
- New roof rails and roof rack available
The 2017 Ford Transit Connect is a city-friendly, compact cargo van with a maximum payload/towing capacity of 1,620/2,000 pounds. It has a regular wheelbase for maneuverability and an extended wheelbase for more cargo room. A wagon model for additional passengers is available.
The Transit Connect has two available trims: the XL and XLT.
The sporty, zippy appearance of the Transit Connect matches its purpose as a city-driver. Loading and unloading is convenient with standard dual sliding doors and available rear liftgate or 180-degree swing-out rear doors. The wagon configuration has door windows for increased passenger visibility. This year, roof rails and a roof rack are available for both trims.
Two engine options are available: a 169-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a 173-hp, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway for the Transit Connect with the 2.5-liter. It increases to 22/29 mpg for the Transit Connect with the 1.6-liter.
Inside, the Transit Connect is outfitted with a standard audio system with a 4.2-inch multifunction display. It can be upgraded to the SYNC 3 multimedia system that includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, satellite radio, information updates, and climate control. Remote keyless entry, power front windows, air conditioning, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel come standard. The extended wheelbase van has a maximum cargo capacity of 128.6 cubic feet. The wagon model can seat up to seven passengers across three rows.
The Transit Connect Wagon earned a full 5-Star overall crash test safety rating from the NHTSA. The optional MyKey system alerts the driver when a preset vehicle speed and stereo volume are surpassed. Other available features include rain-sensing wipers, a backup camera, a blindspot warning system with cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. Standard features include front airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.