Ford Transit Connect 2021 – Review, Photos/Pictures Gallery

The new Ford Transit Connect 2021 is one of very few small cargo vans, and it’s also offered in a passenger version for private customers. It’s built on the underpinnings of the Ford Focus, which makes it easy to maneuver, with nimble, car-like handling. It also boasts the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid minivan in the country. While those aspects are appealing, there are some downsides compared to more traditional minivans, such as modest power, a lack of convenience features, and a large price tag for its size.

New Ford Transit Connect 2021

For 2021, the Transit Connect is mostly carryover, as the exterior and interior were refreshed for 2021, along with the introduction of the 2.0-liter engine. All trims now get automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers. The XLT and Titanium trims now come with standard safety equipment including automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist, which are all optional extras on the base XL trim.

The mid-level XLT trim is the sweet spot for price and equipment level. At $30,430, It costs about $2,000 more than the base XL trim ($28,315), but it comes with all the extra safety equipment listed above, plus the SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, which is vastly better than the XL’s basic stereo. The XLT also has options available that aren’t offered on the XL such as the fixed panoramic sunroof, heated power leather seats and adaptive cruise control.

Price

  • XL: $28,315
  • XLT: $29,050
  • Titanium: $32,165

Interior

The new 2021 Ford Transit Connect is one of very few small cargo vans, and it’s also offered in a passenger version for private customers. It’s built on the underpinnings of the Ford Focus, which makes it easy to maneuver, with nimble, car-like handling. It also boasts the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid minivan in the country. While those aspects are appealing, there are some downsides compared to more traditional minivans, such as modest power, a lack of convenience features, and a large price tag for its size.

Interior comfort upgrades are also available, and are fairly far-reaching for a cargo van. Rear parking assist is practically a mandatory option due to the van’s size, and other safety features like lane keep assist, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are also available, along with convenience features like cruise control, a navigation system, and a SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system that supports satellite radio. The seats are cloth with manual adjustment by default, but can be upgraded with power adjustments and leather upholstery.

Exterior

For 2021, the Transit Connect is mostly carryover, as the exterior and interior were refreshed for 2021, along with the introduction of the 2.0-liter engine. All trims now get automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers. The XLT and Titanium trims now come with standard safety equipment including automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist, which are all optional extras on the base XL trim.

The mid-level XLT trim is the sweet spot for price and equipment level. At $30,430, It costs about $2,000 more than the base XL trim ($28,315), but it comes with all the extra safety equipment listed above, plus the SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, which is vastly better than the XL’s basic stereo. The XLT also has options available that aren’t offered on the XL such as the fixed panoramic sunroof, heated power leather seats and adaptive cruise control.

Colors

The Ford Transit series is the larger of the two main van lines that Ford produces, with the other being the Focus-based Transit Connect. Incredibly versatile and customizable, the Transit is appealing to a very wide range of buyers that exceeds the traditional cargo van demographics. Like all Transit vans, the Cargo Van is available in three lengths, roof configurations, and engine options. The standard model is a regular length, low roof model with a naturally aspirated V-6 engine. It can also be specified with a long or extended length, a medium or a high roof, and either a turbocharged V-6 or a turbo diesel engine instead of the regular V-6.

Fuel economy

Fuel economy is king for fleet, family, and road trip vans. Ford understands this importance and now offers the Transit with a proven 10-speed transmission and auto start-stop technology on both its gas and diesel engine options.

Horsepower

Only one engine is available for private customers, a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four making 162 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. It’s coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and returns 24 mpg in town, 29 on the highway and 26 in combined driving. Front-wheel drive is the only drive option. There’s only one body style available, the long-wheelbase with three rows of seats, with room for up to seven passengers. Those seats don’t have especially fancy folding or sliding arrangements like you’ll find in the Chrysler Pacifica or Honda Odyssey, but buyers do have the option of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs.

Technical specifications

Only one engine is available for private customers, a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four making 162 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. It’s coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and returns 24 mpg in town, 29 on the highway and 26 in combined driving. Front-wheel drive is the only drive option. There’s only one body style available, the long-wheelbase with three rows of seats, with room for up to seven passengers. Those seats don’t have especially fancy folding or sliding arrangements like you’ll find in the Chrysler Pacifica or Honda Odyssey, but buyers do have the option of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs.

Motors

A 3.5L PFDi V6 EcoBoost gasoline engine now comes standard on the Transit. It can now also be ordered with dual 250-amp alternators that are perfect for keeping camper and accessory batteries charged up while on the go. The diesel engine option will also see an upgrade on the Transit. The all-new 2L EcoBlue bi-turbo I4 diesel engine is said to be “more fuel-efficient and offers more power and torque than the outgoing 3.2L diesel engine.” But Ford hasn’t released any specific performance figures just yet.

Configurations

Safety is crucial in modern vehicles. As such, Ford will outfit the new Transit with the latest safety tech. The new vans will come standard with Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking and Pedestrian Detection, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, Lane-Keeping System, and auto high-beam headlamps. The Transit passenger van XLT is also equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360, which adds a Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage and cross-traffic alert. In addition, the 2021 Ford Transit will also have other new driver-assist features. These include adaptive cruise control, a front and rear split-view camera system, and an adjustable speed-limiting device. Get those van life Instagram stories posted even faster and farther off the beaten path! All the new Transit vans will also have the FordPass Connect system, which offers a modem with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and connectivity for up to 10 devices.

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Up until now, Ford has offered the Transit in four configurations: cargo van, passenger van, chassis cab, and cutaway. For 2021, Ford will add a crew van to the Transit lineup. This new configuration will carry up to five people in two rows of seating, with side curtain airbags for all passengers. In short, the crew configuration should prove a perfect start to adventure van builds. You can carry a bunch of gear, install a bed in the back, and still take friends and family on your adventures.

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