GPS Trackit’s Fleet Vehicle of the Week Goes to… 2014 Ford Transit Connect
Exceptional Power, Economy & Flexibility in a Compact Commercial Van
The 2014 Ford Transit Connect elevates the street smarts of compact, commercial vans to a new level of versatility for cargo, service and passenger fleets.
Whether outfitted for hauling, tool storage, carpooling or taxi service, the Transit Connect has consistently offered an attractive alternative to fleets that need the space and security offered by vans, but prefer a smaller package.
Ideal for Urban and Suburban Fleets
Though the Transit Connect can certainly hold its own out on the highway, the vehicle in all its variations is ideal for urban and suburban fleet services.
Front wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, and hill launch assist, combined with Ford’s Advance Trak Roll Stability Control, make the van’s compact size easier to maneuver and park on congested streets.
Offering fuel economy as high as 21/29 city/highway, the Transit Connect runs as efficiently as many mid-sized sedans, a benefit that can especially save loads on fuel expenses for large, busy vehicle operations.
Ford offers two engines for the Transit Connect, a standard 2.5L Duratec with 169 horsepower, and the more efficient 1.6L EcoBoost, which ramps up the horsepower to 178. In addition to gasoline, the Transit Connect can be adapted to LNG/CNG (natural gas).
The 2014 models also offer a payload capacity of 1,710 lbs, and a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs, a fair dinkum level of strength for a van that is less than 16 feet in length.
Variations Upon a Theme
Cargo Transit Connects can stay simple for straight hauling, or be fitted up with compartments for storage and tool organization.
Transit Connect wagons include five and seven-passenger seating arrangements, and easily can be adapted to taxi fleets.
Side and/or rear windows, sliding side doors, rear lift gates and extended wheelbase lengths add more variety to the mix, making the Transit Connect one of the most customizable van choices on the market.
Five trim sets, each with multiple mix and match options, combined with the Transit Connect’s affordable MSRPs (starting at $22,000) make this small, working van one of the best deals on the market in today’s fuel-conscious economy.
To learn more about the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, visit Ford.com.
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