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2023 Ford Transit Connect review

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Ford Transit Connect highlights

Customer rating

(not yet rated)

Pros

  • Cargo or passenger options
  • Towing capabilities
  • Athletic handling

Cons

  • Front-wheel drive only
  • No V6 or V8 engine option
  • No flex-fuel option

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 27 highway, 25 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)

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A compact cargo or passenger van

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect comes in either a two-seat cargo van with ample rear storage space for work purposes or a passenger van (wagon) body style. If you have a growing family and want to shuttle the whole crew, the wagon can seat between five and seven passengers. Both styles come with towing capabilities to bring along a small trailered ATV or snowmobile, making this ride less commercial and more comfortable. 

All Ford Transit Connect years

What is new for the 2023 Ford Transit Connect?

  • The Titanium trim now comes with Side Airbags as standard equipment.
  • The XL trim now comes with Side Airbags, Cruise Control, Third Row Seat, Parking Sensors, and Rear Defroster as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2023 Ford Transit Connect

1. Solid work van 

If your construction or lawn care business is taking off, it's time to get a professional work vehicle to haul all your tools and supplies. The 2023 Ford Transit Connect cargo-style van comes in two trims (XL and XLT) and two wheelbase options. The short-wheelbase offers 103.9 cu-ft of storage space behind the front seats and the long-wheelbase has a bigger 128.6 cu-ft of cargo room in the rear. The 2016 Ford Connect Transit can also tow an estimated 2,000 lbs with the standard engine when properly equipped.

 

2. Large people hauler 

Do the cousins tag along often? Maybe it's time to step up to a passenger van so you always have room for extra family members on your outings. The 2023 Ford Transit Connect wagon comes in three trims: XL, XLT, and Titanium. The XLT trim features either seating for five with a second-row bench behind the front seats on the short wheelbase option, or adds third-row seating on the long wheelbase option to accommodate up to a total of seven passengers. The XL and Titanium wagons only come in the long wheelbase, with seating for seven. 

3. Helpful driving features 

Both the cargo and wagon options of the 2023 Ford Transit Connect come with handy driving aids to make maneuvering a large vehicle simpler. The base XL trim on both body styles comes with a forward collision mitigation system that will apply the brakes in certain situations. Choose the XLT trim on either body style and you gain a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alerts to let you know of nearby cars when changing lanes or backing up. 

4. Loaded with connectivity 

If you're eyeing the 2023 Ford Transit Connect XLT trim (on either body style), you gain many modern tech conveniences. You'll enjoy a 6.5-inch touchscreen, infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, two USB ports as well as Apple CarPlay® connectivity and Android Auto™ connectivity to stream audiobooks or podcasts from your smartphone on long drives. Want more? Some models get upgraded with optional navigation systems and wireless smartphone charging. 

5. Comfortable to drive 

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect runs on a 2.0L four-cylinder engine cranking out 162 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The compact size of this van makes it easier to maneuver around city streets and small parking lots. The precise steering and agile handling make daily drives pleasurable. The Titanium wagon also features heated front seats. 

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal gave the Ford Transit Connect an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Ford Transit Connect 3rd out of 24 among Commercial Vans.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Ford Transit Connect is $740, compared to an average of $906 for Commercial Vans and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Ford Transit Connect owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.8 times per year, compared to an average of 1.8 times for Commercial Vans and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 15% for the Ford Transit Connect, compared to an average of 19% for Commercial Vans and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Ford Transit Connect features and specs

XL 2WD 4D Cargo Ext Van

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Vinyl Seats
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Sync System
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

162

Torque (ft-lbs)

144

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

15.8

Wheelbase

120.6"

Overall length

190"

Width

72.2"

Height

72"

Leg room

F 41.5"

Head room

F 46.9"

Front tires

P215/55HR16

Rear tires

P215/55HR16

Seating capacity

2

Transmission

Automatic

2023 Ford Transit Connect FAQ


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