2011 Ford Transit Connect

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$21,290

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2011 Ford Transit Connect
2011 Ford Transit Connect

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior headroom
  • Affordability
  • Cargo space
  • Low cargo floor height
  • Excellent forward visibility
  • Gas mileage

The bad:

  • Small side mirrors
  • No side airbags for second row
  • Low-tech rear drum brakes
  • Customized versions could get expensive

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Based on European utility van
  • Cargo or passenger configurations
  • 135 cubic feet of cargo volume
  • Four-cylinder engine
  • Mid-20s highway mileage
  • Taxi prep package
  • Online custom graphics program
  • Mobility prep package

2011 Ford Transit Connect review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Ford’s “One Ford” strategy, which refers to the company’s plan to leverage its global product lineup to spread models across new markets, is responsible for bringing the Transit Connect stateside. It’s a small commercial van Ford introduced in Europe and other markets in 2003. Maximum cargo space is about 135 cubic feet, close to that of larger minivans. Ford says it made a few styling tweaks to suit the U.S. market, but the Transit Connect’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder — the sort of engine you’d find in a compact car — speaks more to Europe’s fuel prices than to America’s penchant for horsepower.

The front-wheel-drive Transit Connect comes in cargo and passenger configurations, the latter with a second row. Trim levels include a base XL and a better-equipped XLT.

New for 2011
Ford adds a taxi prep package and a package for people with disabilities, as well as an online custom graphics program.

Exterior
The Transit Connect isn’t very long from nose to tail, but its height allows for the cavernous interior. At 180.6 inches long, the van is significantly longer than hatchbacks like the Chevy HHR and Scion xB, but it’s nearly 2 feet shorter than minivans like the Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna. Total height, at nearly 80 inches, tops the minivans by almost a foot. Exterior features include:

  • Sliding second-row doors available with or without windows
  • Rear doors swing open 180 degrees or (optionally) 255 degrees
  • Standard 15-inch wheels

Interior
The cabin has basic seats and plenty of hard, industrial contours. Storage areas include a large shelf above the windshield made possible by the van’s high ceiling. From the load floor to the ceiling, Ford says there’s up to 59.1 inches of room, just 5.9 inches short of what a standard-height Dodge Sprinter offers.

In passenger versions, the second row can be configured with two seats grouped to one side or three seats across. They can be folded down to maximize cargo room. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard AM/FM stereo
  • Optional power windows and door locks
  • Optional Ford Work Solutions system, which can track inventory and fleet vehicles
  • Optional interior customization to manage cargo

Under the Hood
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 136 horsepower and 128 pounds-feet of torque. Small numbers, but enough to haul a 1,600-pound payload, according to Ford. That’s a figure comparable to many light-duty pickup trucks.

A four-speed automatic transmission is standard. Ford estimates combined city/highway gas mileage will be in the low to mid-20s.

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard front-and side-impact airbags
  • Standard front disc and rear drum antilock brakes
  • An electronic stability system with rollover mitigation standard on passenger version and optional on the cargo van

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.5
  • Interior design 3.7
  • Performance 3.4
  • Value for the money 3.2
  • Exterior styling 3.9
  • Reliability 3.3

Most recent consumer reviews

2.3

I would highly recommend going to a Transit

We have purchased several of these for our commercial electrical company. They are too small for material (ok for light service, but small projects, no way). The engines all suffer failure at around 125-150K miles. I will not buy any more. We would get 250K miles out of our old E150s and E250's. These trucks suck at at least the earlier years.

4.7

Excellent and reliable vechile

We converted to a wheelchair van. It gets good mileage and at 80? high it fits in Parking Garages. It was a little noisy so put sound insulation behind rear panels to hold medical supplies. Have 115000 miles on it with no unusual problems. I would purchase again.

4.4

Great vehicle and practical to boot

The vehicle is great. When I read reviews on this I get confused as to the brake problems and other issues with this vehicle. The vehicle is low level maintenance. It is spacious and the windows are great. There aren't any problems to speak of. Van or car is only as good as the upkeep of the vehicle. There is second row seating with a large back area for dog dens, and any other major item you want to haul. We put down the back seats and we managed to fit in four bikes (2 adults and 2 tweens). We also have used it for camping and fit a cot in the back perfectly. The air condition kicks in really fast as does the heart. Blue tooth capabilities as well as remote voice and automatic start make this van ideal. Low on gas, spacious and airy.

See all 10 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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