2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon: The Unminivan
Susan Frissell, www.womenwithwheels.com
Referred to as the ‘unminivan,’ the new Connect Wagon is a great addition to the Transit Connect family. In competition with Nissan’s offerings for small business owners, these relatively new cargo offerings are attractive, functional and fun to all potential buyers, not just those hauling cargo.
According to Minyang Jiang, Transit Connect brand manager, the Connect Wagon “drives like a car, has the flexibility of a utility and can haul the payload of a full-sized pickup.” Offering affordability and functionality, the new Connect addition is a great combination.
Now on sale in North America, the Connect Wagon has a starting price of $25,000, and is available in two-wheel base lengths: five-passenger with removable seating or seven-passenger with fold-flat seating. Sliding doors, a choice of rear liftgate or side-hinged cargo doors, and more than 100 cubic feet of cargo space (payload of 1,270 pounds), the Connect Wagon is available in XL, XLT and Tintaium versions.
Buyers have a choice of two engines: The standard 2.5-liter (28 mpg), and the 1.6-liter EcoBoost (29mpg.). Both engines are paired with Ford’s six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Introduced in Europe in 2002, the Transit Connect van has been named International Van of the Year by an auto media panel in Europe. Debuting in North America in 2009, T.C. vehicles have become popular with entrepreneurs and businesses alike. Posting its strongest sales in 2013, just under 40,000 units, T.C. sales are up 12.7 percent since 2012. This year has been the strongest sale year, to date.