Ford Transit Wagon Review
When you need to shuttle hotel guests — or your big extended family — down the road in the most efficient manner possible, the Ford Transit Wagon is up to the task.
Part of what makes the Transit Wagon so well suited to this role is its flexibility, with its available combinations of wheelbases, body lengths, payload ratings and roof heights (low, medium and high), letting buyers customize it to the job at hand. Seating for eight is standard, but different seat configurations let you squeeze in 10, 12 or even 15 passengers — with room to spare for luggage.
Add an easy-to-drive demeanor and available creature comforts such as leather-upholstered heated front seats, and the Ford Transit Wagon becomes very likable indeed.
Current Ford Transit Wagon
The Ford Transit Wagon is offered in two trim levels. The XL base model comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, 60/40-split hinged passenger-side doors on the low-roof body style (medium- and high-roof models get a sliding passenger door), front air-conditioning, vinyl front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system with an audio input jack. Stepping up to the XLT gets you wheel covers, a chrome grille, automatic wipers, rear air-conditioning, full-length carpeting, rear dome and map lights, reclining rear seatbacks, cruise control, two additional front speakers, and a CD player with a 4-inch display.
Ford offers countless options and packages, but high points include rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, a lane departure warning system, upgraded audio systems, basic Sync voice controls (including a USB port) or Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system with navigation, HD radio, satellite radio and a 6.5-inch touchscreen display.
Power for the Ford Transit Wagon comes from one of three available engines. A 3.7-liter V6 that produces 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is standard (a CNG/propane engine prep package is available). As with all Transit models, it sends power to the rear wheels by way of a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. Other engine choices include a turbocharged 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel that puts out 185 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that's rated at 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Though the EPA doesn't list fuel economy numbers for the entire Transit Wagon lineup, the base model with the standard 3.7-liter V6 is rated at 16 mpg combined (14 city/18 highway). Properly equipped, a Transit Wagon can tow a respectable 7,500 pounds.
Driving the Ford Transit Wagon is entirely different from helming the truck-based passenger vans it has made obsolete. For starters, a tight turning circle and light touch on the steering wheel make it feel downright agile by comparison. A relatively low step-in height and options like power-retractable running boards make it easier for passengers to get in and out.
Powertrain choices provide the level of performance you'd expect. Which is to say the standard 3.7-liter V6 produces adequate acceleration, while the 3.2-liter diesel gives the Transit Wagon a peppy feel with the added promise of better fuel economy. If you need to regularly transport 15 passengers or tow a trailer, the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is definitely the way to go.
Used Ford Transit Wagon Models
Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Ford Transit saw a few meaningful upgrades for 2016, including the addition of a standard rearview camera with tow-hitch assist, and the optional Sync 3 infotainment system replacing the underwhelming MyFord Touch system. Other modifications for 2016 were largely electrical (e.g., auxiliary fuse panels, bigger battery) to meet the needs of van converters. Mechanical changes to the 2017 models were similarly minor, with the 3.7-liter V6 becoming the default powertrain for dual rear-wheel models. New options include power-retractable running boards and heated front seats for vans fitted with leather upholstery.
Read the most recent 2018 Ford Transit Wagon review.
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For more on past Ford Transit Wagon models, view our Ford Transit Wagon history page.