2015 Ford Transit Wagon Van 150 XL Low Roof 3dr Passenger Van w/60/40 Passenger Side Door (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I ride in a vanpool that travels about an hour each way to and from our downtown area every day. We recently received a brand-new 10-passenger Transit van after having the older Ford van for several years. I have to say, this is the most uncomfortable van we've ever had to ride in. The front seat isn't too bad, except that you have to take a giant step up to get in it. The back seats are horrible. The Transit is much narrower than the older model, and the seats show it. You can hardly fasten the seatbelts because you're sitting on the receptacle (which is rigid and digs into your backside the entire trip). Whoever designed the seats obviously never sat behind one, because there is a bar that runs across the inside of the seat back that sits right at knee level of the person behind it, so that there is no possible position to sit in where your knees aren't hitting this bar. I'm 5'7" and I have to sit sideways to be able to fit my knees in the rear seats. It's a joke to call them captains chairs when there is no separation. You'd better like the person you're sitting next to because you are touching the entire time. The seats have little to no support and feel cheaply made. The running board that is supposed to help you get into the back of the vehicle is also very narrow, to the point of being dangerous. You can't just step down onto it when exiting the vehicle, if you did only your heel would fit. You have to turn your foot and body sideways to be able to get any use out of it, and even then you have to be very careful not to slip (I can tell you from personal experience, it's a long way down). On top of the utter discomfort of this vehicle, we've only had it for a couple of months and it already broke down! When we had to call our Metro company to tell them we were broken down on the side of the freeway and described the issue, we were told that they had several of these vans with the same problem - the throttle body. The A/C works - that's the only positive thing I can say about it. This van is so bad that I am considering not even riding in a vanpool anymore, and I've been on it for years. The prospect of being stuck with this vehicle for the next few years is depressing.
2015 Ford Transit Wagon Van 350 XL Low Roof 3dr Passenger Van w/60/40 Passenger Side Door (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
We purchased the 12 passenger 2015 van, 350 low roof with swinging side doors (not the sliding doors). We previously had a GMC K2500 Suburban. Before buying we test drove the Nissan NV 12/15 passenger van.
Pros: Great fuel efficiency! We are averaging 18mpg, however we do live in the country so stop and go driving is not as frequent as those living in town. When in the Big Apple for the day (not NY!, we live in Idaho!) we may see closer to 14-16mpg. We drove a 10hour road trip and averaged closer to 19mpg at about 65-70mph (assuming the electronic mileage gauge is accurate). Great get-up and go power. From 0 to 40 it gets there faster than my GMC V8 454 7.4 liter, easy. Love the cargo space in the back. Chose the swinging doors over the slider b/c we understood the slider to wear out. The swinging doors swing 180 degrees! So long as you have clearance from the car next to you to swing 90 degrees, you can make it 180. Passenger seats have the ability to recline (comparable to airplane seats), which is better than nothing at all, or the new Nissan NV and the old E-series. Fairly comfortable for the kids. Our configuration allows you to pull out the back row in sets of two. Other configurations vary. Fun to drive! Fairly quite compared to the suburban and the new Nissan NV. Great visibility, great side mirrors. Headrests on every seat! Good (proportionally balanced) size for comfort and rear view mirror visibility.
Neutral: The rear view mirror is essentially there to see the kids. The back door latches block any visibility to utilize it otherwise, despite how big or small it is. The backup camera is nice. Color coding, beeps at you. The screen could be a little bigger, but sufficient for the job.
Cons: The pilot seats are okay, not as comfortable as the suburban was. Weak lumbar support, so for long trips we will have to add some support here. The back row is not as adult friendly for more mature bottoms. Could use additional child latches throughout. There are only three on our model. Had to add a tow package myself.
Conclusion: 4 star, would have given it 5 if the captain chairs had better lumbar support. Fun to drive, smooth on the road. Great power. Adequate cargo space in the back (more than the suburban).
2015 Ford Transit Wagon Van 350 XLT Medium Roof 3dr Passenger Van (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I have had this van for 5 months now - The Good: Tons of room inside Lots of seats, 12- to 15 -A/C and Heat, Front and Rear will keep you warm or hot -Good Radio for a factory System -Great view when driving -Love to stand up and walk to back of van -Great gas mileage for a giant box -Ecoboost engine has plenty of power -Smooth 6 speed transmission -Good ride quality
The so so: -The side door opens great, but to close it you must have another door or window down, otherwise the interior pressure will not allow the door to completely close - the seats are just okay, they are a little strange in the back, they tried to divide the seats with humps and bumps, should have been a flat seat like to the old E350.
The Bad: -No one at Ford ever drive the van because their is no where to put your left foot down on the drivers side -The back up camera is great, but the screen in the van is so small you can't make anything out, in fact it is dangerous it is so small The (passenger compartment- ie Ford where people and their stuff go) has a battery under the drivers front seat when their is plenty of room in the engine bay -Under the passenger front seat is a blower motor, that can be loud when on high, again lots of space in the engine compartment, or under the van for that matter -They forgot about the jack, so they just stuck it against the back side wall sitting in the open, again lots of room to put it in the engine bay or under the van, just cheap and lazy Ford - Ford Sync is a nightmare, some things you push the buttons on the dash, some you can talk to it, some switches are on the steering wheel, Sync doesn't understand any variations - only exact words, you can't say bluetooth, you have to say bluetooth audio. You can't say send a vehicle report, you have to say "send a vehicle health report" Like an old DOS programmer from the 70's designed this system.