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2012 Ford Transit Connect

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$3,202 — $15,978 USED
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Cargo Van
2-5 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Drives like a car
  • Forward visibility
  • Around-town engine power
  • Smooth-shifting transmission
  • Low load floor, ride height

The Bad

  • 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
2012 Ford Transit Connect exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Ford Transit Connect
  • Hails from Europe
  • Passenger and cargo versions
  • Optional onboard computer
  • Optional tool locator
  • Front-wheel drive

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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...

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

What drivers are saying

3.0
31 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.3)
Performance
(2.5)
Interior Design
(3.1)
Comfort
(2.9)
Reliability
(2.8)
Value For The Money
(3.0)

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(5.0)

A good work vehicle

by Microbe from Tehachapi on December 13, 2018

The van is a good work truck. It is reliable with good mileage. With it's 4 cylinder engine it is not very powerful but this is not what is required for a local delivery vehicle. We have not had any ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very smooth ride and great visibility

by Leonull from Santa Barbara CA on May 22, 2018

Great car and drives like a charm. Coming from a Nissan NV200 is a step up. Sit lower, better viewing and very spacious. The only downside of the transit connect is the stereo, very hard to connect to ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Ford Transit Connect currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Ford Transit Connect has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Transit Connect received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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