Trying to get excited about the 2017 Ford Transit Connect is more difficult than getting excited to get a flu shot. It’s shaped like a dolphin, and its only purpose is to carry things. That’s it.
However I can’t deny that the Ford Transit van is pretty much perfect at what it does. The 2017 Ford Transit isn’t horribly ugly like the Dodge Ram ProMaster Van (that thing is awful). But anyway, the Transit is good at being a van. It drives awful and is ungodly slow, but it’s good at carrying stuff.
New for 2017, the Ford Transit is getting a few other body configurations. The Transit 350 can be bought in chassis cab or cutaway cab along with the standard wheelbase. This variation helps more people get into the Transit for their needs.
The van market is populated by Mercedes (surprisingly) Dodge, Ford, Chevy and Nissan. It is a very particular market, and if a van can’t get the job done, people will move to the other. Brands offering more versions is a plus.
You can’t expect the world from a van meant to carry things, but the 2017 Ford Transit delivers exceptionally, still.
The Exterior-2017 Ford Transit:
You have to give Ford some credit on this one, the 2017 Ford Transit is actually a pretty stylish van. Since 2014, it’s been impressively styled for how boring the segment is.
While I much prefer the more sleek and squinted eyes of the previous generation Ford Transit, the larger eyes are more characteristic on this cargo mover.
Ford’s big grille continues to be on the nose of the Transit for 2017, and the bumper changes with whichever trim level you get.
Past the front end, the look of the Transit again depends on what trim level or package you get.
There are either windows or no windows, the latter making the 2017 Ford Transit look like a no-funny-business cargo transporter. The version with windows looks more like a van meant for those over-priced scenic tours through the Hollywood Hills. The roof line is super tall (even taller on certain models) but the van hides its massive height pretty well.
From the rear, the super tall height of the thing is most apparent. But, the 2017 Ford Transit still manages to have a respectfully good stance. Some versions are obviously more dynamically designed than others, but overall it doesn’t look like it’ll just topple over.
Seeing the Transit on the road, it makes its purpose very obvious. Moving stuff is exactly what the Transit does great. The style is one of many reasons the Ford Transit is the best selling vehicle in its class.
The Interior-2017 Ford Transit:
The dashboard of the 2017 Ford Transit makes the whole car look much smaller than it is. A small LCD screen or larger navigation screen pokes out of the dash just like many other Ford models.
The interior design mirrors much of what we see in the 2014 Ford Focus, which again makes everything look smaller than it is.
However, it is very well appointed. Small steering wheels in big cars are a HUGE plus. It makes the car feel smaller while you drive it. On top of that, there are like six cup holders for just the front seats.
The shifter is in a unique place, the air conditioning is easy to understand, media is easy to access and there’s plenty of space for God know’s what.
Between how well the cabin is appointed, outstanding visibility and space, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Transit sells so well.
I know there’s not a huge point in discussing the driving performance of a cargo van, but there’s a bit to cover.
For the engine options across the board, you get a 3.7 L V6 standard. There is an optional 3.5 L Ecoboost V6 as well. The 3.7 L V6 is good for 275 horsepower and the 3.5 L Ecoboost can push 310 horses, which is plenty.
MPG ratings are around 18 miles per gallon in the city, and 21 miles per gallon on the highway. While that doesn’t really sound impressive, keep in mind these 2017 Ford Transit wagons weigh around 5,000 pounds. I know I couldn’t push something that weighs 5,000 pounds.
Now obviously these are not performance oriented machines, but that doesn’t stop people from doing insane engine swaps. If you really want a good laugh, head to YouTube and type in “Drag racing Ford Transit” and I promise you won’t be disappointed. The world has a great sense of humor with cargo vans.
The Specs-2017 Ford Transit:
|Vehicle Type:||Cargo Van / Wagon|
|Power Plant:||3.5 L V6 T / 3.7 L V6|
|Power:||275 – 310 HP (est.)|
|MPG:||19 City / 21 Highway|
|Torque:||300-400 Lb-Ft. (est.)|
|Length:||174 – 190 inches (4.4 -4.8 M)|
|Width:||72 Inches (1.82 Meters)|
|Height:||72 – 73 (1.82 – 1.85 Meters)|
|Top Speed:||110 MPH (177 KPH)|
|Seating:||2 – 5 adults|
|Wheelbase:||130 – 148 Inches (3.3 – 3.75 Meters)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||10 seconds (est.)|
|Base Price:||$34,000 (est.)|
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Ford Transit connect van is definitely living up to the great name and (short) history that the van has built up. The Transit is versatile and practical for any situation.
While I struggled to get excited for a cargo van, the Ford Transit really proved that it knows how to be impressive even when it’s boring. Does that make sense?
The release date for the 2017 Ford Transit will be known soon. I look forward to seeing a ton of these being commissioned for over priced tours as well.