The 2023 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van is offered in two trims; XL and XLT. The base model features 16-inch steel rims, 180-degree swing-out rear cargo doors, daytime running lights, and automatic HID headlights. The XLT adds front halogen foglights and standard power-adjustable, power-folding and heated exterior mirrors. The base model's interior features manually-adjustable vinyl seats, manual climate control, keyless access, and a 4.2-inch LCD infotainment screen with Bluetooth and one USB port. The XLT adds driver-assistance systems such as rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and cruise control. The XLT's infotainment system is a 6.5-inch SYNC 3 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both models feature a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine producing 162 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque, with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
At the time of writing, the price of new Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van models increased quite dramatically; the base price of the SWB Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van has gone up by over 15 percent from last year's $25,175 to $29,365. The XLT trim starts at $31,540. In both cases, you have to add $1,000 if you opt for the long-wheelbase model. These prices exclude any extras or the destination fee of $1,395.
The 2023 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van is offered with a $395 Trailer Tow package which adds a tow hitch with trailer-sway control. Ford also offers a wide range of individual accessories for the Connect Cargo Van, such as adaptive cornering lamps, dark-tinted privacy glass, second-row-fixed glass, and an engine block heater. Front and rear parking sensors, remote start, 16-inch alloy wheels, and roof racks are available as well. The base XL can be upspecced with some of the XLT's specifications, such as the 6.5-inch Sync 3 infotainment system.
If you're after a simple, hard-working van, we suggest using the base model. Its manual-everything style will suit a life of use and abuse. The vinyl seating feels hardy, and the basic controls should last the car's lifetime. If you're planning on doing long-distance trips or spending long hours in the Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van, then we would recommend spending the extra money for the XLT. This car not only comes with improved features, but it also gets added driver assistance tech, including the all-important cruise control.