Pros: Impressive passenger and cargo hauling capabilities in a relatively small, economical package; outstanding headroom for all occupants; redesign for 2014 brings additional convenience features
Cons: Acceleration is best described as sluggish, particularly with base engine; cargo van origins are apparent, both in looks and cargo flexibility
CG Says: Ford’s utilitarian minivan is redesigned for the 2014 model year. Transit Connects are typically intended primarily for light commercial use; they are usually sold as 2-passenger cargo vans with no side windows. However, Ford has increased the appeal of the new 2014 Transit Connect for “civilian” buyers. A 7-passenger version with side windows is now available, and a host of convenience features such as a panoramic sunroof, navigation system, MyFord Touch infotainment system, and heated leather seats. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission is standard; a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is optional–and recommended. For some off-the-beaten-path shoppers, this unconventional van could be a compelling family-car alternative to the traditional minivan or compact/midsize SUV.