Suppose you’re a business owner drawn to the form and function of a utility van like the Sprinter, but you operate in confined urban settings or just don’t need its full-size capacity and full-size price tag. With the relatively compact and affordable Ford Transit Connect, your search could be over. This Euro-derived cargo (or passenger) van offers impressive functionality in a maneuverable and fuel-efficient package.
A scaled-down alternative to traditional American work vans, the Ford Transit Connect keeps things simple with a single distinctive body style — think of it as a midsize wagon with a very tall cargo compartment — powered by an economical four-cylinder engine. With previous-generation Focus-based unibody construction and 136 horsepower, the Transit Connect won’t win any towing awards, but its 135 cubic feet of cargo space gives it a leg up on even full-size SUVs. It won’t win any drag races either, but prospective owners will likely be more interested in its affordable cost, maneuverable size and remarkably practical interior.