With dual sliding doors and rear-cargo doors that can open up to 255 degrees (180 degrees standard), accessing the capacious cargo area is easy. So is loading it--the liftover height is less than two feet unladen -- and there's a lot of space to work with once inside. The cargo area is 59.1 inches from floor to ceiling, with 47.8 inches between the wheelwells. At 72.6 inches, the load floor is more than six feet long -- impressive for a vehicle that's only 180.6 inches long and 70.7 inches wide.

Even more impressive is the Transit Connect's flexibility. It's available as a regular van, with windows in both sliding doors and at the back, cargo van (no side windows, rear privacy glass), or panel van (no side or rear windows). You can also outfit it with a folding second-row seat (for two or three passengers) for people-moving.

Ford also has made available a range of business-friendly equipment for the Transit Connect. Like the Ford E-Series commercial-vehicle family, Transit Connects can be fitted with optional bulkheads, racks, and bins, as well as the Ford Work Solutions system. This in-dash, Internet-linked computer system creates a sort of mobile office for small business owners and provides the ability to do everything from remotely accessing an office computer, to inputting customer information, to printing out invoices. In addition, Ford Work Solutions offers special programs like Crew Chief (allows for the tracking of a fleet of Transit Connects) and DeWalt's Tool Link (for organizing, scanning, and tracking such items as tools and inventory).

Will it work? It should. At $21,475, the Transit Connect is priced within reach of anyone looking for a light-duty van that can swallow an impressive amount of cargo.