With SUVs and minivans dominating the market for family haulers, it seems clear that large numbers of consumers have abandoned the full-size van market. But for those who need extra seating and cargo room, the 2017 Ford Transit Wagon is a practical option. With an extensive choice of length, height, payload capacity and seating options, the Transit Wagon can be configured for business use or for transporting up to 15 passengers, making it one of the most versatile competitors in its class.
Having replaced the previous full-size E-Series van in 2015, the European-style Transit Wagon is still in its first generation in the U.S., so changes for 2017 are relatively minor. A 3.7-liter V6 engine is now standard on heavy-duty models with dual rear wheels, there are a few new color choices and wheel designs, and the base audio system now comes with four speakers. New options include heated leather or cloth front seats, power seat adjustments for cloth seats, a walk-through center console and power-retractable running boards.
Unlike the old full-size vans, the Transit Wagon sports an interior that is reminiscent of a minivan. The dashboard and control layouts are logical, materials are surprisingly attractive and standard equipment includes air-conditioning, comfortable seats and a rearview camera. Most of the latest technical features are either standard or available, including the Ford Sync 3 infotainment interface. Standard-wheelbase models provide seating for eight, with an option to increase that to 10, but the long-wheelbase versions can be configured to hold 15 passengers.
Standard power comes from a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Also available are a 310-hp turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and a turbocharged 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel that puts out 185 hp. All models drive the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Transit Wagon is built with unibody construction, unlike the body-on-frame vans of old, which gives it better handling and a relatively smooth, quiet ride. True, it's not a small vehicle, but most drivers will find it easy to maneuver once they have a few miles under their belts. Similarly, most buyers will likely find the standard V6 to be adequate, but those who regularly move a lot of passengers and cargo might want to consider the higher-output turbocharged engine.
Fuel economy for the Transit Wagon with the standard 3.7-liter V6 is EPA rated at a combined 16 mpg (14 city/18 highway). And the optional turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 is rated similarly at 16 mpg combined (15 city/19 highway).
The Transit Wagon can be ordered in standard- and long-wheelbase versions, with roofs in low, medium and tall heights, and in XL and XLT trim levels. The XL comes fairly well equipped, but the XLT adds useful features like cruise control, rear air-conditioning, a CD player and full-length carpeting. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Ford Transit Wagon that best meets your needs.
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