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2019 Ford Transit Connect

$24,100 — $31,595 MSRP
Cargo Van
2-7 Seats
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Ford has decided to pitch the updated 2019 Transit Connect to a very specific market: aging baby boomers who maintain very active lifestyles and need to cart around their offspring's offspring now and then but don't want to break the bank on an expensive minivan or SUV that's bigger than they want or typically need. The Transit Connect hits dealerships in fall 2018 and competes with the Chevrolet City Express, Nissan NV200 and Ram ProMaster City.

Exterior
For the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon, Ford took a conservative "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to the refresh. Exterior styling is mildly different, with a new grille and optional bi-xenon headlights, and matches the styling of the recently updated Ford Fiesta (which will likely not be sold in the U.S. anymore) and the new Ford Focus (which might not be, either). In back there are some slightly different taillights, and your choice of a dual vertical door or single large hatch is still available. Dual minivan-style sliding doors are still standard, and two wheelbases are again available.

Interior
Inside, the Transit Connect gets a mildly restyled dashboard with an optional 6.5-inch tablet-style touchscreen featuring standard FordPass connectivity and optional Sync 3 technology. Three trim levels will be available on the wagon: XL, XLT and Titanium, with commensurately more features and optional leather seating surfaces. Seating for five is standard with the short wheelbase model whil...

Ford has decided to pitch the updated 2019 Transit Connect to a very specific market: aging baby boomers who maintain very active lifestyles and need to cart around their offspring's offspring now and then but don't want to break the bank on an expensive minivan or SUV that's bigger than they want or typically need. The Transit Connect hits dealerships in fall 2018 and competes with the Chevrolet City Express, Nissan NV200 and Ram ProMaster City.

Exterior
For the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon, Ford took a conservative "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to the refresh. Exterior styling is mildly different, with a new grille and optional bi-xenon headlights, and matches the styling of the recently updated Ford Fiesta (which will likely not be sold in the U.S. anymore) and the new Ford Focus (which might not be, either). In back there are some slightly different taillights, and your choice of a dual vertical door or single large hatch is still available. Dual minivan-style sliding doors are still standard, and two wheelbases are again available.

Interior
Inside, the Transit Connect gets a mildly restyled dashboard with an optional 6.5-inch tablet-style touchscreen featuring standard FordPass connectivity and optional Sync 3 technology. Three trim levels will be available on the wagon: XL, XLT and Titanium, with commensurately more features and optional leather seating surfaces. Seating for five is standard with the short wheelbase model while long-wheelbase versions get standard six-person accommodations and the option of a bench second row to make room for seven.

The FordPass system allows for 4G LTE connectivity for as many as 10 personal electronic devices, while two USB ports up front are accompanied by a pair of 12-volt power sockets for the second and third rows. The second and third rows fold flat to open up a cavernous cargo hold and the Transit Connect's payload rating is 2,000 pounds.

Under the Hood
The biggest change for the Transit Connect comes in the powertrain department. There are three engine choices, but which one comes standard depends on which version of the Transit Connect you're looking at.

The short-wheelbase wagon gets a new standard turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Opt for the long-wheelbase six-seat wagon and you get a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine — or you can select the diesel as an option.

If you get the long-wheelbase wagon with seven seats, however, you cannot have the diesel; it's gas-only due to a packaging issue with the diesel's systems. A 2.5-liter gaseous-fuel powertrain is also optional, but it's earmarked only for fleet buyers who run their vehicles on compressed natural gas or propane.

Safety
Ford has boosted the Transit Connect's safety chops with new standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Optional systems include automatic cruise control, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and rear parking sensors with cross-traffic alert.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
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(4.0)
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(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(4.0)

it's a good shiny thing

by daduke from kannaplois nc on September 16, 2018

runs out good, can't go wrong comfy inside smooth operator good windows doors too seats switches work wheels are round can haul a midget racer Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 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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