2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van

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2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van Review: Ol' Faithful

The 2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van continues a tradition of this being one of the best-selling full-size cargo vans through the years and it shows no signs of slowing down. Traditional competitors such as the Chevrolet Express have been joined by the more upmarket Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which has led Ford to update the 2020 model with a host of new features, including a new 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 gas engine with 275 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear or all four wheels via a new 10-speed automatic transmission. There are three roof heights and three body lengths on offer, and the largest model probably has almost enough cargo space inside to fit another small car. Has Ford done enough to keep its challenger at the top in the USA? Let's find out in our 2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van review.

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2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs. 2019 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

According to Ford, 53% of the 2020 Transit Cargo Van is entirely new for its mid-cycle facelift, with a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 motor being new, the 10-speed transmission replacing the old six-speed, and the option of all-wheel-drive also a new addition. Furthermore, a bundle of driver aids has been added as standard, including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, post-collision braking, and more. The exterior and interior styling have also been comprehensively refreshed for the new model year, with changes to wheel options, the sliding doors, exterior paint colors, and lighting features on the outside, and enhancements to the instrument panel, upholstery options, and available features inside the 2-seater cabin. As before, customers have a choice of roof height (including a practical high roof example) and body length.

Pros and Cons

  • Tons of configurations
  • New engine option
  • Much-improved gearbox
  • Optional AWD system
  • Good safety tech
  • The base model is very basic
  • Tow rating could be better
  • Patchy reliability record

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2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
150
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$34,510
250
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$35,460
350
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$36,710
350 HD
3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$43,260
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2020 Transit Cargo Van Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 219.9 in
  • Wheelbase 130.0 in
  • Height 83.9 in
  • Max Width 81.3 in

Exterior Colors

  • Agate Black Metallic +$200
  • Ingot Silver Metallic +$200
  • Magnetic Metallic +$200
  • Blue Jeans Metallic +$200
  • Green Gem Metallic +$200
  • Diffused Silver Metallic +$200
  • Kapoor Red Metallic +$200
  • Oxford White
  • Race Red
  • School Bus Yellow

2020 Transit Cargo Van Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Diesel, 3.5L Turbo V6, 3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 3.5L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

2020 Transit Cargo Van Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 40.8 in

2020 Transit Cargo Van Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Transit Cargo Van Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van a good van?

Cargo vans of this size will always be in demand and there are many players offering excellent packages. At the bottom of the pack, simple and cheap options such as the Ram ProMaster and Nissan NV Cargo offer a no-frills solution for those looking to get the job done without fuss. At the other end, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter provides a more premium experience but at a generally higher price. The Ford falls neatly in the middle of the pack. It's still affordable for most but offers more "luxury" features than the Nissan and Ram, making it more pleasant for the driver and passenger although without approaching minivan levels of comfort. The Transit Cargo Van comes with two powerful engine options, a ton of configurations, both RWD and AWD, and impressive safety specs. It might not be the class leader in terms of payload and towing capability, but it is a trusted and well-respected product for a reason and is well worth a test drive.

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