The Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon is an affordable way to transport up to seven passengers and their luggage without unnecessary frills. It is powered by a single 162-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, with 2022's available 169-hp 2.5-liter having been discontinued this year. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic. All derivatives are FWD.
The base Transit Connect comes with features like 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, black bumpers and side mirrors, automatic halogen headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. Inside, it has four speakers, a small 4.2-inch LCD screen, dual-zone climate control with rear-seat controls, and a six-way manual driver's seat. The mid-range XLT adds valuable upgrades like blind-spot monitoring, the superior Sync 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen, a six-speaker audio system, foglights, and body-color bumpers. At the top of the heap is the Titanium with its alloy wheels, nine-speaker sound system, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.
For the most part, the trim levels for the Ford Transit Connect are self-contained, with access to more features and creature comforts requiring you to upgrade to higher trims. However, there is some wiggle room, with a few packages offered to enhance each trim. The Trailer Tow Package ($395) can be equipped to any model and adds a Class I trailer hitch receiver, trailer sway control, a trailer wiring module, and a four-pin connector, unlocking the full towing potential of the van. The XLT gets access to a six-way electrically adjustable driver's seat and leather upholstery for $1,550. Other standalone extras include a mid-vehicle roof-mounted storage compartment for $95, a choice between a second-row bench (seven-seater) or captain's chairs (six-seater) at no additional cost, and 16-inch alloy wheels for between $395 and $495 for the lower trims.