2023 Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon Interior and Cargo

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2023 Transit Connect Passenger Wagon Interior

The small 7-seater passenger wagon boasts minimalist, functional styling inside the cabin. The materials aren't of the highest quality, but the construction is rugged and durable. There aren't that many features as standard, with only a few more to be had, so the controls don't clutter up the dashboard. The infotainment is pretty straightforward, with smartphone integration standard on the upper trim levels, and with voice-activated navigation available on the XLT and standard on the Titanium. Despite being a passenger-centric van, Ford's passenger wagon still offers a fair amount of cargo space.

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Seating and Interior Space

The interior of the Ford Transit wagon is capacious thanks to the long wheelbase. In its standard configuration, the van is a 7-passenger vehicle. By comparison, the Ram ProMaster City is a less versatile 5-passenger van in a crew-van format. If you need a bigger 15-passenger van, consider the larger Ford Transit. In the Transit Connect, the middle-row bench can be swapped out for captain's chairs, reducing capacity to six passengers. There is plenty of headroom, no matter where you are seated, thanks to the high roof, but legroom is only average in the rear two rows, at 37.6 and 35 inches, respectively. The driver gets pretty good forward visibility due to the high seat position, but rear and blind-spot visibility is poor. A six-way manual driver's seat with manual lumbar is equipped to the XL, while the XLT and Titanium get a six-way power driver's seat. The wide-opening rear sliding doors make it easy for passengers to get in and out of the van.

2023 Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon Interior Dimensions:

Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon TrimsXLXLTTitanium
Seating666
Headroom Front Seat46.9 in.46.9 in.46.9 in.
Headroom Back Seat45.7 in.45.7 in.45.7 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.
Legroom Back Seat37.6 in.37.6 in.37.6 in.
Shoulder Room Front57.6 in.57.6 in.57.6 in.
Shoulder Room Rear58.5 in.58.5 in.58.5 in.
Hip Room, Front54.2 in.54.2 in.54.2 in.
Hip Room, Rear58.3 in.58.3 in.58.3 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

The cabin focuses on function over comfort, with middling materials used throughout. Construction is hardy, with plenty of hard plastics on display. This also means that there is some rattling at higher speeds. The base-level XL trim comes upholstered in Ebony vinyl, but buyers can swap this out for Ebony cloth at no extra cost. The XLT gets the cloth upholstery as standard and expands the palette with Palazzo Grey in either cloth or leather, with the latter being a $1,550 standalone option that includes a six-way electrically adjustable driver's seat. The Titanium trim gets leather as standard but only in Palazzo Grey. This model is also enhanced with a leather steering wheel knob and a soft door armrest in vinyl, small but meaningful upgrades that make it feel less utilitarian inside.

2023 Transit Connect Passenger Wagon Trunk and Cargo Space

For a small van focused on hauling passengers, the Transit Connect still provides a decent amount of cargo capacity. With the third-row seats in place, a minimum of 16.3 cubic feet of space is supplied, but this can be expanded to 24.9 cubic feet by moving the rear seats as far forward as possible. While not enough space for seven people's luggage, it's more than enough for their hand-luggage, the kids' sports bags, or a full day's shopping. If you need more than the standard amount of cargo space, the third-row seats can be folded down flat to free up 60.1 cubic feet, while lowering the second-row seats opens up an impressive 106-cubic-foot area to store even larger items. This turns the passenger hauler into a functional cargo van, of sorts. The maximum payload capacity of the Transit Connect is 1,436 lbs.

Small-item storage around the cabin isn't amazing, but it is creative. There is a passenger-side glove compartment and pretty spacious door pockets up front. There are also two cupholders and a modestly-sized armrest storage bin. The rear seats don't offer much in the way of nooks and crannies to store your knick-knacks with only two small cupholders in the very rear and quasi door pockets in the middle row. However, there is an overhead storage compartment above the front dash. A full-width front-row overhead storage shelf is standard on the top two trims and a mid-vehicle aircraft-style overhead console with additional storage space can be optioned in on all trims.

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2023 Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon Bed Size:

Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon TrimsXLXLTTitanium
Box Width (Wheelhousings)47 in.47 in.47 in.
Box Height (Area)43.3 in.43.3 in.43.3 in.

2023 Transit Connect Passenger Wagon Infotainment and Features

Features

The base model of the Ford Transit Connect Passenger van comes with only the bare minimum of features, but it's still great value for the price. Buyers can choose between vinyl or cloth upholstery, but they are limited to a six-way manual driver's seat with manual lumbar settings, paired with a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering column. Dual-zone climate control keeps the cabin comfortable, while two 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt power outlet keep passengers' devices charged and connected. Cruise control and remote keyless entry comprise the standard convenience features, while the basic safety suite comprises forward-collision avoidance, automatic braking, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing wipers.

The XLT enhances this with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver alert. It also upgrades the driver's seat with six-way power-adjustability. The top-tier Titanium gets intelligent access and keyless ignition, leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. Adaptive cruise control and front sonar can be optioned on the upper trims, along with remote engine start and a panoramic vista roof.

Infotainment

The infotainment suite on the van manages to be both simplistic and surprisingly modern at the same time. The standard 4.2-inch LCD screen is a bit on the small side, but it comes equipped with Bluetooth accessibility and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. A single USB port is supplied to charge your devices, and the standard sound system consists of four speakers. If you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you will need to upgrade to at least the XLT, which also adds SiriusXM and a larger 6.5-inch LCD screen. Furthermore, the XLT comes with an extra USB port, a six-speaker sound system, and a wireless charging pad to keep even more devices connected. At the top of the range, the Titanium adds voice-activated controls, navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, HD Radio, and a nine-speaker premium audio system.

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