2022 Ford Transit Cargo Van

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2022 Ford Transit Cargo Van Review: Good Enough For Another 40 Years?

As one of the best-selling full-size cargo vans ever made, the Ford Transit has fended off competition from the likes of the Ram ProMaster Cargo Van for some time now, with a more recent upstart in the form of the more luxurious Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van joining the opposing forces. Thus, 2020 saw the trusty old steed undergoing a comprehensive refresh. Two engines, a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 and a twin-turbocharged 3.5 V6, provide the Transit with 275 horsepower and 310 hp, respectively. Three roof heights and three body lengths offer versatility for the commercial business owner, with either rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive as an option. All models are equipped with a ten-speed automatic gearbox.

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2022 Ford Transit Cargo Van Changes: What’s the difference vs the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

This year, the default four-inch infotainment screen's optional upgrade is a big 12-inch system, up from last year's eight-inch option. The 12-inch Sync 4 system is available in four versions and all include smartphone integration and navigation. Ford's Telematics Essentials package is included as standard, giving owners access to data on how their vehicles are used and how well they're running. When opting for one of the dual-passenger packages, you now get a center console between the driver and passenger seats. Various additional options are available this year, including new bulkhead and shelving solutions, reverse automatic braking, keyless access with push-button start, and automatic engine shutdown.

Pros and Cons

  • Multiple configurations
  • Smooth gearbox
  • Powerful engine options
  • Available all-wheel-drive
  • Impressive safety equipment
  • Base infotainment system is tiny
  • Towing abilities are not class-leading

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2022 Ford Transit Cargo Van Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.5L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
350 HD
3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
3.5L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2022 Transit Cargo Van Exterior

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  • Length 219.9 in
  • Wheelbase 130.0 in
  • Height 83.9 in
  • Max Width 81.3 in
  • Curb Weight 4,985.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Agate Black Metallic +$200
  • Ingot Silver +$200
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic +$200
  • Blue Jeans Metallic +$200
  • Avalanche Gray Metallic +$200
  • Abyss Gray Metallic +$200
  • Race Red
  • School Bus Yellow
  • Oxford White

2022 Transit Cargo Van Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.5L Turbo V6, 3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 3.5L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV)
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Despite its size, the Transit isn't a difficult vehicle to maneuver and place on the road. The electrically-assisted power steering is smooth, light, and direct, with sufficient resistance. On smooth roads and around town, the Transit is adequately composed and comfortable enough for long stints behind the wheel, although the lack of insulation inherent to cargo vans means that rougher road surfaces can be quite noisy. The suspension also does become agitated, but sticking to the speed limits won't be excessively annoying, even on pockmarked tarmac. Although not as good at mimicking a car's levels of comfort like the Sprinter does, the Transit does behave decently, with minimal noise from the engines. Braking is similarly decent and won't scare the driver away from higher freeway speeds, but, as with most vans, that is also dependent on the level of load the Transit is carrying. The presence of all-wheel-drive on the options list is also welcome and allows for an even greater breadth of ability. With this option ticked, you can tackle muddy roads and slippery surfaces with a lot more confidence and grace. The system is intelligent, too, and can send up to 100% of the power to the front axle if the conditions demand it. No more delaying of deliveries when it's snowing.

2022 Transit Cargo Van Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 40.8 in

2022 Transit Cargo Van Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Transit Cargo Van Safety and Reliability


  • 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 2022 Ford Transit Cargo Van A Good Van?

The full-size cargo van segment is a competitive one, with numerous options available from various automakers, and numerous different powertrains and body styles on offer. At one end of the spectrum, you get simple offerings like the Ram ProMaster and Nissan NV Cargo that offer a no-frills approach to getting the job done. On the other end, you have vans like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which is all but untouchable when it comes to comfort, convenience, style, and general appeal. The Transit fits in somewhere around the middle. It's not as car-like as the Merc, nor as simple as the Ram, and manages to remain both cost-effective and comfortable for everyday use. With a huge variety of configurations offering varying levels of ability and convenience, and the availability of all-wheel-drive, the Transit is a van that is capable of satisfying every need with ease, enabling it to remain competitive even after 40 years of dominance.

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2022 Ford Transit Cargo Van Comparisons

Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Ram
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Mercedes-Benz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ford Transit Cargo Van275 hpTBC$43,455
Ram ProMaster Cargo Van 280 hpTBC$39,615
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van 188 hpTBC$38,300

2022 Ford Transit Cargo Van vs Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

The Ram ProMaster is a slightly cheaper alternative to the Ford Transit, with its smallest configuration starting around $34,380 compared to the Ford's 36-odd grand. It too is powered by a V6 engine, albeit with 100 ccs more capacity, and develops similar power (280 hp/260 lb-ft compared to the Transit's 275 hp/260 lb-ft). It only has a nine-speed gearbox and a gas tank that is a gallon smaller, so fuel range is likely to be worse in the Ram. Available infotainment systems are similar and there is no big difference is in the vehicles' abilities as haulers either. The ProMaster can tow up to 6,910 lbs, while the Transit will do up to 6,900 lbs. The Ford is more comfortable and has more standard safety equipment, justifying its price premium.

See Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Review

2022 Ford Transit Cargo Van vs Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

The Sprinter starts at a slightly higher base price than the Transit of $36,355 - $430 more than the Ford. Unlike its American counterparts, the Sprinter is powered by a relatively tiny 2.0-liter turbo engine and only produces 188 hp as standard. Torque is close to that of the Transit though with only two lb-ft deficit, but you can pay more for a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with the same power but 325 lb-ft of torque, increasing its towing ability considerably to 7,500 lbs - better than that of the Transit. The Sprinter is an impressive machine with class-leading comfort and fantastic maneuverability. It also boasts Mercedes' outstanding new MBUX infotainment system that will feature on all new Mercs going forward. Where the Transit focuses more on outright ability, the Sprinter is more concerned with comfort. It's also a capable vehicle, but if aesthetics and ergonomics aren't as important as getting the job done as simply and as efficiently as possible, the Ford is a much better choice.

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