Motor Trend 2014 Truck of the Year Contender: Ford Transit Connect
Redesigned for 2014, the Ford Transit Connect revitalizes the segment it helped introduce in the U.S.: the small cargo van segment. The 2014 Transit Connect is also available as a passenger van in regular two-row and extended three-row versions. But does having multiple configurations make the 2014 Ford Transit Connect worthy of the 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award?
Under the hood, the Transit Connect is available with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 or an optional turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4. Both engines are mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. With excellent handling and steering, the Transit Connect was very car-like in our testing and even had great power even while carrying 75 percent of its payload capacity.
The Transit Connect’s TOTY Achilles heel may be its value quotient – while the Ford was substantially better to drive than its predecessor and its main competitor, the 2014 Transit Connect is likely to cost a few thousands more than the Nissan NV200. Could that stop the van from winning Truck of the Year honors, or does the Transit Connect have what it take to win it all?
Find out which contender becomes the 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year at MotorTrend.com on Wednesday, December 4.