• (2.9) 28 reviews
  • Available Prices: $5,581–$14,665
  • Body Style: Cargo Van
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 2-5
  • Cargo Space: 129.6 cu.ft.
2012 Ford Transit Connect

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Ford Transit Connect

What We Don't Like

  • Modest acceleration on highway
  • Panel van's rear visibility
  • Noisy cabin at highway speeds
  • Diesel engine not offered
  • Parking sensors not standard on panel van

Notable Features

  • Hails from Europe
  • Passenger and cargo versions
  • Optional onboard computer
  • Optional tool locator
  • Front-wheel drive

2012 Ford Transit Connect Reviews

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. With a second row of seats, the Transit Connect can hold up to five people.

The front-wheel-drive Transit Connect comes in cargo and passenger configurations, the latter with a second row.


New for 2012
An electronic stability system with Ford's Roll Stability Control is now standard on all models. Also, the Transit Connect wagon's gas mileage increases to 22/27 mpg city/highway from 21/26 mpg thanks to revised gearing and low-rolling-resistance tires.

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 Scion xB, but it's nearly 2 feet shorter than large minivans like the Dodge Grand Caravan. Total height, at nearly 80 inches, tops the minivan 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 Mercedes-Benz 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. Mechanical features include:

  • Four-speed automatic transmission
  • Uses regular gas


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard front disc and rear drum antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with rollover mitigation
  • Available rear parking sensors
  • Available backup camera

Consumer Reviews

(2.9)

Average based on 28 reviews

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More cargo room than anything else this size

by dbd from kansas city on October 4, 2017

These are great utilitarian vehicles. Not the most comfortable and not the fastest. That is not what this van is all about. The Model I have is the premium wagon. Its seats 5, yet still has more than ... Read Full Review

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8 Trims Available

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2012 Ford Transit Connect Safety Ratings

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Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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