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2010 Ford Transit Connect - Review


2010 Ford Transit Connect - media event in NYC, May 2009

2010 Ford Transit Connect - media event in NYC, May 2009

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As we've written several times, we like the idea of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect: A small, fuel-efficient van for use in urban areas or where a full-size delivery van isn't needed.

It's meant for smaller, lighter loads where a full-size van would be overkill. Think your local florist or deli, not a stone supply yard.

With fuel economy rated at 22 mpg city / 25 mpg highway, the Transit Connect does far better than Ford's best Econoline E-150 full-size van, whose 225-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 returns just 14 mpg city / 18 mpg highway.

Now we've had a chance to drive it through the challenging streets of New York City, where its compact size should appeal to many merchants. We have to say, if this is what delivery drivers have to look forward to ... bring it on!

The basics

The 2010 Ford Transit Connect is powered by a 136-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec engine, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. For easy urban maneuverability, the turning circle is 39 feet curb to curb.

The payload is 1,600 pounds, and there's 135 cubic feet of cargo space (twice the 63 cubic feet in the 2009 Chevrolet HHR Panel van). The load bay is 6 feet long, 5 feet high, and 4 feet wide between the rear wheel arches. Gross vehicle weight is just over 5,000 pounds.

The options list is fairly short, including Roll Stability Control, rear doors that open at an extra-wide 255-degree angle, Nokia BlueTooth connectivity, and an engine-block heater for cold climates. There's also the suite of Ford Works Solutions tools, including an in-dash computer and the in-vehicle Tool Link system to keep track of tools and other items items fitted with RFID tags.

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Comments (5)
  1. To clarify on the wagon -- it's not purposely designed to be a family vehicle. The intent is simply to provide additional seating for businesses that need to move people and supplies together (think of a cleaning crew or caterer). There are no windows offered on the rear quarter panels because there are no seats in the very rear of the wagon.

  2. I can't wait--the old Honda Element needs a follow-up act in my garage. Can I hose out the interior, or is that the same myth for the Transit Connect that took Element owners by surprise?

  3. And if the mpg is not good enough, then Smith Electric are busy converting these vans to full electric, which is what I'm waiting for.

  4. will this be imported into Singapore ?

  5. When I was living in the UK I hired Transits of various sizes, including the Connect (or the equivalent). For the smaller payloads they are unbeaten, and I prefer them to competitors like the Volkswagen Caddy. Pleased to see Ford are bringing their European models to the US - they have so many worthies, like the Mondeo, that discerning local buyers will flock to if given a chance.

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