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

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John Bedrow 

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July 24, 2020  at 11:07 AM

Carrying sophistication and reliability, Ford Transit Connect cargo van is ready to announce its presence for 2021. With the assurance of a Ford Logo, the light-weight and compact Transit combines the benefits of a van with a car-like feel in a subtle way. Said to be the third best-selling vans in the market, the Ford Transit is quite popular in the USA and Canada and is extensively used for commercial purposes. The 2021 Ford Transit Connect comes unchanged for this year compared to the outgoing model. With some latest addition in the safety features list, let’s see how the Cargo Van comes out as a better commercial vehicle.

Ford is synonymous with durability and reliability and started the production of vans in 1965. Since then it never looked back. For 2021, with a fairly powered engine and a not at all boring exterior design, Ford Transit is all set to be your daily use confident driving cargo van. The 2021 Ford Transit Connect will get no exterior change this time. However, we shall see some new features added. With an expected price of 24,275, the Ford Transit Connect is likely to return more practicality this time. 

The Ford Transit Connect is often stacked up against other admired minivans like Nissan NV200S, Ram Promaster City Tradesman, and Mercedes-Benz Metris. Compared to the predecessor, the new Transit will be returning promising towing capacity and performance. With the addition of the latest safety features like lane keep assist along with adaptive cruise control will help the Ford Transit upscale itself in the market. 

What’s New with 2021 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van?

  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Lane keep assist can be coupled with adaptive cruise control 
  • A 2.5-liter engine with CNG 

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

The 2021 Ford Transit Connect 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’s under the hood of 2021 Ford Transit Connect?

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 is still giving better performance than the Nissan NV200S. 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 Connect Cargo Van (Expected)

2020 Nissan NV200 S

2020 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris

Base MSRP

$24275

$22830

$24430

$27,180 

Engine

2.0L Naturally Aspirated  Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated  Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated  Inline-4

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously Variable Speed automatic

9-speed automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

162 hp @ 6500 rpm

131 hp @ 5600 rpm

178 hp @ 6400 rpm

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

144 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

139lb-ft @ 4800rpm

174 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

0-60(sec)

10.6

10

8.1

N/A

Quarter Mile (Sec)

NA

NA

NA

N/A

*2020 data used for reference

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 Connect 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 Connect 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. 

Model

2021 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van (Expected)

2020 Nissan NV200 S

2020 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris

MPG (city)

24

24

21

21

MPG (highway)

27

26

28

24

MPG (combined)

25

25

24

22

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15.8

14.5

16

18.5 gal

Range (city/highway) (miles)

379/427

348/377

336/448

389 / 444

*2020 data used for reference

The Transit Connect 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!

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 comfort features include an overhead storage console for your little things, front cupholders, front door pockets for your water bottles, air conditioner, and dual vanity mirrors. 

Model

2021 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van (Expected)

2020 Nissan NV200 S

2020 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris

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

39.6/62.2/35.8

Cargo capacity (Cubic feet)

104.8

122.7

131.7

183

*2020 data used for reference

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 Connect Cargo Van: Infotainment System 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. You get SiriusXM and wireless charging if you opt for the XLT trim.

The standard features for both the trims are:

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

Will there be any changes to the 2021 Ford Transit Connect exterior?

Ford Transit Connect 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 not so chunky design, the exterior of the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van looks urban. The dimensions mentioned below are with respect to the short wheelbase configuration. The length increases when you opt for the long-wheelbase configuration.

Model

2021 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van (Expected)

2020 Nissan NV200 S

2020 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3581

3280

3498

N/A

Length (in.)

174.2

186.3

187.1

202.4

Width (in.)

84.1

68.1

72.1

75.9

Height (in.)

72

73.7

74.2

75.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

NA

6.1

5.2

4.4

Wheelbase (in.)

104.8

115.2

122.4

126.0

*2020 data used for reference

The 2021 Ford Transit Connect is offered in both long and short wheelbase versions. The Cargo van with SWB offers a 104.8-inch wheelbase while the LWB version offers a 120.6-inch wheelbase. Dimensionally, the Transit connect holds a larger width than its competition. 

Will the 2021 Ford Transit Connect 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 providing you with a range of configuration options. 

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