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Sep-06-2013

2013 Ford Transit Connect: The Dependable Humped Cargo Van

15Some might look at the 2013 Ford Transit Connect with a puzzled look, maybe even giggle and chortle. And who could blame them? With a humped cargo hold while moving at a very slow speed, the Transit Connect is neither eye-catching nor appealing. But then, that’s because the Transit Connect was really designed for other useful purposes. The 2013 Ford Transit Connect is a utility vehicle created to compete with the cargo van. That humped design of its cargo hold maximizes cargo capacity, giving the Transit Connect 135 ft3of space. You can customize the inside to be able to carry all sorts of objects from grocery items to household appliances. If you’re into animal care, you can even place cages for pet animals that you ferry from their owners to the clinic. All Ford Transit Connect models come with just the basic interior necessities: air-conditioning, an integrated blind-spot mirror, rear privacy glass, adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, tilt- telescoping steering wheel, and a 2-speaker radio.

The 2013 Ford Transit Connect is powered by a 2.0L engine that produces 136hp, 128 lbs. of torque at a fuel rating of 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway. The Transit Connect can carry only a payload of up to 1,600 pounds. So despite the huge cargo hold, take care that you don’t go over the limit.

With its weak powertrain, the Transit Connect is best used within city limits. Going beyond 60 mph is quite difficult, so you can just imagine the ride experience should you take the Transit Connect to the super highway. But operating inside the city, the Transit Connect does okay. Handling and maneuvering are quite good. Make sure though, that you don’t bump into low hanging signs and billboards with its hump.

The 2013 Ford Transit Connects costs at least $24,000. It will serve you best as a delivery work van. Bring tools, make deliveries, and carry whatever is needed with the Transit Connect.