The 2012 Ford Transit Connect
continues giving small delivery and courier businesses an affordable and practical option to larger and less efficient competitors for transporting their wares. And built with the One Ford wordly mindset, production costs for the Turkish-built van/wagon are minimal, as the biggest regional difference is the standard four-speed automatic.
Gasoline engine prices begin at $21,290 for the XL Van, $22,350 for the XLT Van, and $23,140 for XLT Wagon and $23,290 for the XLT Premium Wagon, minus taxes and fees. The Transit Connect Electric Van, meanwhile, will sell for a Motor Trend-estimated $32,000.
2012 Ford Transit Connects are armed with 2.0L Duratec four-cylinder engines, and for their size, are downright miserly with fuel, rating 21/27 mpg city/highway for van and 22/27 mpg for wagon. The Transit Connect Electric van can, under ideal circumstances, achieve 80 miles per charge, though Ford recommends its owners to operate "with well-defined routes of predictable distances and a central location for daily recharging."
Inside the cabin, an assortment of electronic and tracking features, as well as options for privacy glass and swing-wide doors, allow for owners to customize their ride for business needs.
Body style: 4- and 5-passenger, 4-door van, wagon
Engines: 136-hp/128-lb-ft 2.0L DOHC 16-valve I4, 78-hp/117-lb-ft AC electric motor
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, 1-speed automatic (electric)
Models: XL Van, XLT Van, XLT Wagon, XLT Premium Wagon, Electric Van
Biggest news for 2012 Ford Transit Connect is the addition of the XLT Premium Wagon, which is geared for more personal use than business use and features privacy glass, front row bucket seats, second-row three-person cloth bench, and upgraded audio.
Also for 2012 is the standardization of AdvanceTrac with RSC on all models, which is Ford's electronic stability control system to rein in those drivers whose style is a bit too enthusiastic.
Additionally, there are three new colors for the XLT Premium Wagon: Winter Blue Metallic, Noisette Metallic and Dark Micastone Metallic.
The 2012 Ford Transit Connect is a tall van. Or a tall wagon. But the tall wagon looks like a tall van. And it's not in the least bit attractive, but hey, it's not supposed to be, since it's been designed to withstand a daily beating.
Depending on your model, rear doors open to 180 degrees or 255 degrees, and come with or without rear or side view privacy glass -- the former for the van and the latter for the wagon.
The 2012 Ford Transit Connect's interior is all business and it shows. Features include all-weather floormats, cupholders, and storage bins and shelves galore. There is an optional rearview camera and reverse sensing system, as well as Ford's Crew Chief, a feature described as, "a fleet management tool designed to reduce downtime, conserve fuel and increase fleet administrator control with geo-fencing tools and reporting of excessive vehicle idle time or speed."
Different configurations enable vast cargo space options, from the van's 65.1 cubic feet, which can be expanded to accommodate 129.6 cubic feet, to the wagon's 78.4 cubic feet, expandable to 118.7 cubic feet.
Audio, a secondary or tertiary concern for business fleets, include standard AM/FM radio on XL Van, upgraded CD player for XLT van, and an auxiliary input jack, for portable music devices, available on all wagons.
Performance & Handling
At about 11 seconds from 0-60 mph -- and more for the Transit Connect Electric -- acceleration is nothing special, but the Ford Transit Connect does boast a tiny 39-foot turning circle. Ford touts the maneuverability as car-like, despite its size. It's clear also, that performance for the TC and TCE take a backseat to practicality and efficiency. After all, if you're reading this and considering purchasing a TC/TCE for business, slalom and track times mean little to your business needs.
With such a tall center-of-gravity, new TC/TCE's receive AdvanceTrac with RSC on all models. The electronic stability control helps to minimize slippage and keep the driver in control under adverse conditions. Other features on the 2012 Ford Transit Connect include driver and passenger front airbags and driver side impact airbags, as well as the standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
EPA Fuel Economy
XL Van: 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway (4AT)
XLT Van: 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway (4AT)
XLT Wagon: 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway (4AT)
XLT Premium Wagon: 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway (4AT)
Electric Van: up to 80 miles per charge
- Cargo capacity
You Won't Like
- Gutless engine
- Weird styling
- Bare necessity interior
Big-time space for mini-worker
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