Video: Family Ditches Minivan for Fullsize Ford Transit
Stand-up Room, Cargo Space Win the Day
Introduced in the early 1980s, the minivan was soon a staple of suburbia, with one parked in nearly every other garage. About a decade later, the people hauler of choice rapidly became the SUV. High fuel prices in the mid 2000s temporarily put a damper on the SUV’s popularity. However, it was reborn a few years later as the now-ubiquitous crossover, which is ruling the family car sales roost. While a crossover or minivan works for the archetypal 2.5 kids, they can be a tight squeeze for larger families. Thankfully, Ford has just the answer in the fullsize Transit Wagon.
The Transit has stand-up space in the high-roof models and ample room behind the aft row of seats, eliminating the act of tortuously bending over and squeezing between seats and shoving strollers and softball equipment between kids. These attributes certainly won over Matt and Beth Hoyt of New Richmond, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. Considering the Hoyts have five kids who participate in a range of activities, the Transit’s room and versatility is just what they were looking for. The only area where the Transit falls slightly short of a conventional minivan or crossover is fuel economy, however, Beth seems happy enough with a 15.5-mpg average. Those seeking economy with capacity should consider the available 3.2L Power Stroke I-5 diesel.
Do you have a large family? What’s your ride of choice? Would you ever considering getting a fullsize passenger van?