Used 2018 Ford Transit Connect Minivan
Which Transit Connect does Edmunds recommend?
The base XL trim will do if you're shopping for a Transit Connect on a budget. But for only a modest price jump, we'd recommend the XLT. Stepping up to the higher trim level adds a number of comfort and convenience features that make for a more pleasant driving experience, and both are available in short- and long-wheelbase versions to suit your needs.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Offers many configurations
- Two available body styles and lengths
- Comfortable seating
- Unimpressive performance and fuel economy
- Wagon's second-row seating doesn't slide or recline
Although the 2018 Ford Transit Connect lacks the get-up-and-go of many V6-powered competitors, it feels much lighter and a lot more agile around town. These characteristics are equally useful for large families and for delivery drivers needing to get in and out of tight spaces.
The Transit Connect's ride can be bumpy over rough roads, and suspension-transmitted noises tend to make their way into the cabin. As a result, shoppers transitioning from a traditional minivan may find that the suspension doesn't quite provide the suppleness and isolation they've come to expect.
If you need to haul cargo, the short-wheelbase cargo van offers 103.9 cubic feet behind the front seats, while the long-wheelbase models boast 128.6 cubic feet. Cargo room in the short-wheelbase wagons is reduced to a maximum of 77.1 cubic feet, and the long-wheelbase models offer 104.2 cubic feet.
The available Ford Sync 3 infotainment system is quick to respond to user inputs and feels much like a smartphone, with pinch-to-zoom and swiping gestures. Less user-friendly is the standard stereo interface, which consists of a small central screen controlled by many buttons.
Most helpful consumer reviews
DV Synthetic Lubricants ,09/04/2019
Cargo Van XL 4dr Minivan w/Rear 180 Degree Doors LWB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
I have owned this van LWB XLCargo for 15 months and 26k. Overall I like this van. I use it as a delivery vehicle to deliver oil and make sales call to my customers. Not that I'm not happy with this van but I wish I would have purchased an XLT model. I've added a backup camera. Tinted the windows. Love the tinted glass. I'll list the things that Ford SHOULD have improved upon first. LOW POINTS 1. Fuel tank is too small. 15.8 gallons 2. Stock tires in the upper midwest suck in the winter. 3. Road noise is greater than I'd like. Maybe Ford should have add extra insulation under the Vinyl flooring. 4. The ride is a little firm on rough roads especially when empty but smooths out considerably when loaded. 5. Engine power is adequate in most driving situtaions but could use a boost for freeway on ramps. That being said I can cruise at 75 mph or higher without issue. HIGH POINTS 1. Excellent fuel economy 25-27 in mixed driving, Over 30 mpg on the interstate trips. 2. Excellent handling 3. Great visibility 4. Comfortable seats even for long trips 5. Select Shift transmission UPDATE 34 months and 50k miles. I've had Zero issues with this van. It's been great in the snow with Michelin Defenders. If I could change 1 thing I'd give it more power. Although I've had no issues driving in nasty Wisconsin winters it would be great if there was an AWD option. Update September 2021 My opinion haven't changed. Great van for my needs.
Vick Houston's Construction In,02/27/2019
Cargo Van XL w/Rear 180 Degree Doors LWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The Ford dealer delivered a vehicle with rust in the white paint and promised to replace the vehicle and instead has left it up to me to get repaired and the dealers cannot remove the rust. What a hassle! Inspect the paint thoroughly!
Wagon XLT 4dr Minivan w/Rear Liftgate LWB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
My wife has Parkinson’s. We have a custom manual wheel chair for her. The low deck and roomy back (I removed the rear seats) are perfect for the chair, and for getting her in and out. The 4ft ceiling height is perfect for her chair with its head gear. The liftgate works like an awning to keep the rain off when loading and unloading. We live in the mountains of NC and it easily handles the hills and curves. It’s like a little sports car in a big box.
Wagon Titanium LWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Overall this vehicle has been only fair. The fuel economy sucks to say the least.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Transit Connect models:
- Forward and Reverse Sensing System
- Alerts the driver to obstacles when parking.
- Blind-Spot Information System
- Detects vehicles in your blind spots and signals an alert when you try to change lanes without using the turn signal.
- Sync 3 w/Rearview Camera
- Bundles a rearview camera with the Sync 3 infotainment system and includes a crash notification feature that automatically dials emergency services.