2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow 

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August 6, 2020  at 11:20 AM

With the assurance of the Ford Logo the Ford Transit cargo van is ready to announce its presence in 2021. This light-weight and compact Transit combines the benefits of a van that also subtly behaves like a car. One of the third best-selling vans in the market, the Ford Transit has been popular both in the USA and Canada. extensively used for commercial purposes.

Ford has been synonymous with durability and reliability since the production start of vans in 1965. Since then it has never looked back. The Transit’s capability in 2021, starts with a fairly powered engine and a detailed exterior design, the Ford Transit is all set to make your daily use cargo van more capable and entertaining.

The Ford Transit Cargo Van is often stacked up against other admired minivans like Nissan NV200S, Ram Promaster City Tradesman, and Chevrolet Express Minivan.

What’s new with the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

  • New Optional 2.5-Liter Engine that runs on CNG.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with lane keep assist

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

The 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van will be available in two trims XL and XLT. The base trim is expected to start from $24275 while the XLT is expected with an MSRP of $27000. There is no official announcement for the release date, however, expect it to be late 2020 or early 2021.

What to expect in the engine department of the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

The 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van features a 2.0L 4 cylinder normally aspirated engine yielding output figures of 162 horsepower and 144 cubic feet of torque. Avoid burdensome journeys and it will give you a fair result. Don’t set the expectation bar high! However, the four-wheel-drive with 8-speed automatic transmission performs better than the Nissan NV200S and Chevrolet Express LS Minivan. There is an optional all-wheel-drive configuration as well.

At 178 horsepower and 174 cubic feet of torque, Ram Promaster City Tradesman is offering the best output figures.

Models

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV200 S

2020 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

Chevrolet Express LS Minivan

Base MSRP

$24275

$22830

$24430

$23850

Engine

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously Variable Speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Continuously Variable Speed automatic

Horsepower

162hp @ 6500rpm

131hp @ 5600rpm

178hp @ 6400rpm

131hp @ 5200rpm

Torque

144lb-ft @ 4500rpm

139lb-ft @ 4800rpm

174lb-ft @ 3800rpm

139lb-ft @ 4900rpm

0-60(sec)

10.6

10

8.1

NA

Quarter Mile (Sec)

NA

NA

NA

NA

The 2021 Ford cargo van can sprint from 0-60mph in 10.6 seconds. That’s upsetting considering Nissan NV200 and Ram Promaster City Tradesman can do that faster, Tradesman, in fact, being the fastest among all. But then, you never purchase a cargo van for speedy ventures. It is supposed to serve the practicality and purpose and that Ford Transit does gracefully.

How does the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van handle?

Ford is amongst the popular picks when people want pragmatically efficient handling combined with the benefits of a van. Apart from the noisy transmission, we could not find many flaws. The overall handling is good for a minivan. In fact, it’s as good as driving a car. Note that the rides for a long-wheelbase van are smoother than the short wheelbase but the ones with short wheelbase are less knobbly and have sportier feels. Make your choice prudently.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van deliver?

In terms of fuel consumption, the Transit is as good as the adversaries. It delivers an MPG of 24 while steering through the city, 27 on the highway, and together that makes up for a combined MPG of 25. It uses regular unleaded fuel for the 15.8-gallon fuel tank giving a range of 379 miles on city roads and 427 miles on the highway. Now that’s some good fuel-efficiency!

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV200 S

2020 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

Chevrolet Express LS Minivan

MPG (city)

24

24

21

24

MPG (highway)

27

26

28

26

MPG (combined)

25

25

24

25

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15.8

14.5

16

14.5

Range (city/highway) (miles)

379/427

348/377

336/448

348/377

What to expect from the 2021 Ford Transit’s interior?

Make a keyless entry. Place yourself comfortably on the bucket-shaped vinyl seats and experience an up to the mark interiors loaded with sufficient technology and satisfying comfort. There are chances that you mistake it to be the interior of a car. Next, there is a remote engine start and an adjustable steering wheel for the driver with audio controls on it. The van is roomy enough for two passengers to not bump their head or brush their shoulders or legs here and there. But again Ram Promaster City Tradesman, we confess, is the most spacious in the segment. 

Other creature comforts are an overhead storage console for your little things, front cupholders, front door pockets for your water bottles, air conditioner, and dual vanity mirrors. For exploring more options like the power driving seats and passenger seats, Telematics, cruise control, leather steering wheel, etc. you can go for additional packages which are not too pricey.

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV200 S

2020 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

Chevrolet Express LS Minivan

Passenger Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

45.1/58.5/37.6

41.7/54.1/42.6

46.0/59.3/40.8

41.7/54.1/42.6

Talking of cargo space, that is what the cargo van is all about. The cargo space is huge! For the short wheelbase configuration, the maximum capacity with rear seats up is 104.8 cubic feet and for the long-wheelbase, the capacity increases to 127.4 cubic feet.

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van: infotainment and Connectivity

Talking of tech, that’s fairly ample with respect to the price at which it is offered. There is a 4.2-inch display screen with a number of easy to operate features.

For safety concerns, while there are standard features like Pre-collision assist with Automatic braking system, traction control, a lane-keeping system, and rearview mirrors, a number of available features like the BLIS with cross-traffic alert and forward and reverse sensing systems are a wise choice to opt for.

The standard features for both the trims are:

  • Smartphone integration
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth
  • MP3 Player
  • 4 speakers

 You get SiriusXM and wireless charging if you opt for the XLT trim.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

Ford transit is loved for its compact and modern looks. It never gives the impression of just a van because of its not so quadratic shape. You also have a number of options for exterior colors. That’s not even surprising because Ford is giving options in configurations as well.

With rear symmetrical doors, 16-inch wheels, headlights, and a not so chunky design the exterior of the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van looks urban.

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV200 S

2020 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

Chevrolet Express LS Minivan

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3581

3280

3498

3260

Length (in.)

174.2

186.3

187.1

186.3

Width (in.)

84.1

68.1

72.1

68.1

Height (in.)

72

73.7

74.2

73.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

NA

6.1

5.2

6.1

Wheelbase (in.)

104.8

115.2

122.4

115.2

The dimensions mentioned above are with respect to the short wheelbase configuration. The length increases when you opt for the long-wheelbase configuration.

Will the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van worth my money and time?

If you are planning for a cargo van, you can count on Ford. It will not disappoint you as long as you do not pressurize it for a lot. Have fair expectations and it shall keep your confidence intact. It is not like the full-size transit and is therefore easy to handle and can be parked conveniently. Pleasantly roomy interiors are another convincing advantage. Technological offerings are also modernistic and fair for its price. Moreover, Ford is flooding you with a range of configuration options. 

With respect to its price, it is worth it and also offers a 3-year/36000mi basic warranty. It's a prudent choice all in all and puts its best foot forward to stay true to its brand image. We suggest the XLT trim for experiencing more benefits and features.

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