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2010 Ford Transit Connect First Drive - First Impressions: Not quite as sexy as your average European plumber, but close.(more)
#1 of 14 Article Comments - 2010 Ford Transit Connect First Drive
by KarenS HOST
May 28, 2009 (12:01 pm)
Ford is playing a bit coy with the 2010 Transit Connect, which will arrive in dealer showrooms this summer. Typically, we would not write much on a commercial vehicle, especially one that isn't particularly useful for towing old cars or motorcycles or whatnot. And Ford wouldn't typically bother inviting us to test-drive a panel van in Washington, D.C., as it did this week.
2010 Ford Transit Connect First Drive
#2 of 14 Get out the wrenches and let' have some fun!
Jul 13, 2009 (10:48 pm)
I love the high seat visibility up front. Now how about the rear? If they put a rear window in it -- NOT a rear Door window -- I'd like to see it wrap over the top like the beloved Ford Broncos of yore. Plus I'd like the cargo area equipped with lots of bolt mounts so the tailgate-party and camper crowds could spend hours and hours inventing contraptions for their fun. The thought occurs to me here that a lot of the auto sales decline in the U.S. can be attributed to the fact that the average guy can't work on cars in his driveway anymore. Outfitting the rear with a lot of bolt mounts could give the driveway guy a great platform for fun again. Think video camera mounts. And swing-out batteries of barbeque tools. And Vespa racks. And rubber-ducky stowage bins, etc. Let the inventing begin.
#3 of 14 weight distribution?
Jul 14, 2009 (6:54 pm)
Looks like it might act similar to a pick-up on icy surfaces.
Perhaps some extra weight in the cargo area during winter?
The ground clearance almost begs to travel less than perfect roads,
too bad it isn't 4x4.
Anyone have info of any roll-over tendency?
#4 of 14 Re: weight distribution? [wtj1]
Jul 25, 2009 (2:10 am)
Came across this vehicle, really got excited. Then, found out no awd option exists on this one. With snowy winters in Chicago, forget about it. Too bad.
#5 of 14 Ford Transit Connect XLT rear seats
Sep 14, 2009 (7:21 pm)
Does anyone know if the rear seats in the XLT can be easily removed?
#8 of 14 Ford Transit Connect Rear Doors
Jan 17, 2010 (4:35 pm)
I test drove theTransit Connect and found one very disconcerting design feature. The center posts in the rear door COMPLETELY block the line of view for the lane behind you. I am surprised no reviews have mentioed that. That could be scary on the freeway in a commute environment.
I suggest that Ford think about off-set doors like in the Isuzu Trooper. They were great as a safety feature and would add a bit more hinkiness to the FTC image. Other than that, a very attractive package.
Feb 21, 2010 (9:30 pm)
Now if Ford would just drop in a VW diesel engine, rear disks, tow package and a way to correct the dangerously impaired visibility in the rear view mirror it would be much better.
#10 of 14 Re: Diesel [denoferth]
Feb 22, 2010 (8:54 am)
Now if Ford would just drop in a VW diesel engine
Ford has it's own diesel but I doubt you'll see it in NA - the market pretty much dosen't want them.
rear disks, tow package
Agree and agree.
a way to correct the dangerously impaired visibility in the rear view mirror
Since it has split door in the rear, I don't see how they could correct that without going to a single swinging or hatch door. But since work vans have had a similar setup for the rear doors for decades, the market the Transit is targeting at probably doesn't have an issue with it.