2012 Ford Transit Connect

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$22,035

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2012 Ford Transit Connect
2012 Ford Transit Connect

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

3 trims

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Notable features

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

2012 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. 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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.2
  • Interior design 3.4
  • Performance 2.8
  • Value for the money 3.2
  • Exterior styling 3.5
  • Reliability 3.1

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

This van has been the most cost effective

For it's size, it's incredible for hauling items you may have thought were too big for most vehicles. Also comfortable on long trips with great gas mileage. as well.

4.7

Entirely Reliable with Multiple Uses.

Hauling all the gear you can imagine for a family trip or camping, or just a great gas saving commuter that seats 5...this is a great all-around low-cost vehicle to own. The high seating position was good for my back, and excellent visibility.

5.0

The most reliable vehicle I ever owned

I love this 2012 Ford Transit Connect van. I love the height high top. I use it as a camper. It fits a queen 4inch foam mattress and I tuck necessities by wheelwalls. Has a nice compartment above by windshield.

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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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