Signifying that the on-sale date of Ford's next-generation compact van is drawing closer, Ford just flipped the switch on the configurator for the 2014 Ford Transit Connect. While not quite to the same extent as on the F-Series trucks, the Transit Connect offers a variety of available configurations and trims, unlike the Nissan NV200, which is offered only in a single size with a single powertrain option and two trim levels.

We configured a Transit Connect cargo to our liking with the EcoBoost, alloy wheels, glass rear doors, MyFord touch, a tow package, and other goodies, and rang the register to a total of $29,970. That may seem a stiff tab for a relatively basic cargo van, but after having driven and experienced the 2014 Transit Connect for ourselves, we can say it gives up precious little driving enjoyment for the substantial utility it offers.

The Wagon model charges an expected premium for the additional seats, and like the cargo model is offered in a short- or long-wheelbase configuration. The long-wheelbase model adds $1000 to the total. The topline Titanium version is offered only in the long-wheelbase, seven-passenger configuration. Can Ford escape the dreaded minivan stigma as it expands the Transit Connect's appeal beyond couriers and commercial customers? Time will tell.

Source: Ford