Unlike its hauling oriented Transit Connect Van counterpart, the Transit Connect Wagon is meant to provide practical, economical, spacious and utilitarian-minded transportation for families.
The Transit Connect is available in four flavors: Van (for cargo hauling), Wagon (with side windows and bench seats for passenger hauling) and EV Transit Connect Electric and Transit Connect Electric Wagon forms.
The Transit Connect wagon is motivated by a 2.0-liter Duratec four-cylinder that produces 136 horsepower and 122 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels, and fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
While not exactly sporty, the Transit's handling is a safe, predictable and far more nimble than that of traditional full-size vans.
The Transit Connect Wagon is available in XLT and XLT Premium trim levels; the primary difference between the two is that the XLT has two rows of side windows while the XLT Premium ups the count to three rows.
All Transit Connect Wagons come standard with power windows and locks, an AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack, cruise control, cloth seats and A/C.
Optional features include Bluetooth connectivity, premium floor mats, remote start, 255-degree rear doors, daytime running lamps, Crew Chief and in-dash Magneti Mareli Windows CE powered computer with touch screen.
The Transit Connect Wagon is equipped with dual front and front side airbags along with traction and stability control systems and a tire pressure monitoring system.
With its compact dimensions and passenger-oriented nature, there are currently no direct competitors to the Transit Connect Wagon. Small crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue are similar in size but offer less passenger and cargo space, while other passenger vans like the Chevrolet Express are far larger.