For the 2016 model year, the Ford Transit Connect van's utility features include a choice of two engines, up to 2,000 pounds of towing capacity, seating for up to seven, up to 128 cubic feet of cargo space and a maximum payload of 1,620 pounds. Its driving features include blind spot monitoring, a manually shiftable six-speed automatic transmission, electronic power-assisted steering, and traction and rollover control.
The Transit Connect's optional 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 169 horsepower and 171 foot-pounds of torque, while averaging 22 miles per gallon in the city, and 29 on the highway. The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine makes 169 horsepower and 171 foot pounds of torque, and averages 20 city and 28 highway miles per gallon. As standard, this engine can run on gas or E85, which is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gas. Customers can also opt to have the engine prepared by the factory to run on compressed natural gas or propane.
For customers buying Transit Connects for commercial use, Ford offers in-factory logo and graphic painting. The van also offers rain-sensing front wipers; rapid electronic defrosting; a backup camera; forward and reverse obstacle sensors; and Ford's SYNC information, entertainment and navigation system. Ford also offers customizable keys that can limit the van's speed and radio volume, ensure all occupants are using seat belts, and toggle the low fuel warning earlier.