I run a small remodeling business and used to drive A full size E series to carry all my tools and a Jimmy to cart the family around. I'm glad I waited for the Ford Transit Connect to arrive. I dumped...
I run a small remodeling business and used to drive A full size E series to carry all my tools and a Jimmy to cart the family around. I'm glad I waited for the Ford Transit Connect to arrive. I dumped both those vehicles and got a Transit which gives me the best of both worlds. My Transit is a Wagon, with a full backseat that folds, daytime running lights, Blue toothy phone connect, and 240 deg full rear door swing options.
It's a unique looking vehicle. It's dorky enough so that it'll probably never get stolen, yet I can easily find it in a sea of other vehicles in any parking lot. It hold all my tools in a 4' x 4' x 6' cargo area that I used to cart around in a full size cargo van and I have the convenience of siting 5 people so I can take the kids to school and go straight to the job.
I've been getting about 20 mpg city driving and 24 hwy which beats the 14mpg I was getting from both my old vehicles. I drive with a cargo of about 500 lbs of tools and materials, so I'm happy with that performance.
The only major drawback is that it's slightly under powered. Hopefully it will sell well enough to become an established model and they may offer other engine options in the future. The 4-cylinder engine is tasked getting up to highway speeds. It does the job, but it's a bit slow.
I really love this vehicle because it serves my purposes perfectly. Sitting in it gives a great overall and mostly unobstructed view. It's what I loved about driving a full sized van. Very open, more than plenty of headroom with it's high ceiling. However, the center rear headrest and rear door divider don't allow you to see directly behind the vehicle. It's kind of annoying, so I usually drive with the center headrest removed. There's also no center console storage area to keep personal belongings. Those are only minor, however, and does not take away from my overall satisfaction for this vehicle.
Overall, it's a real utility vehicle, as opposed to all other Sporty Ute's which are just trendy, modern versions of a station wagon.