2011 Ford Transit Connect Interior
This interior review was written when the 2011 Ford Transit Connect was new.
The interior of the Transit Connect is very utilitarian. Hard plastics favor durability over luxury. Where Ford skimped on luxury, though, they added in technology that should be pretty helpful for small businesses. This van is all about work. You can opt for high-tech in-car internet systems (including an optional Bluetooth printer) to track orders, invoices and payments; a tool tracking system so you can be sure you aren't leaving anything behind; and a fleet management system, which allows you to track all of the Transit Connects in your fleet, helping to make work more efficient and save on fuel costs.
- "Interior materials are more durable than rich, reflecting this van's utilitarian slant. More padding on the driver-door armrest would be helpful." -- Consumer Guide
- "Combined with the cargo's rubber floor, RV-worthy overhead storage, perky seat fabrics and surprisingly high quality buttons and vent registers, the Transit Connect appeals to more than the ordinary work truck buyer." -- The Truth About Cars
Though the Transit Connect is intended primarily as a cargo vehicle, it treats its passengers well enough. Reviewers say the front seats are basic but comfortable, and that the lower seating position helps make the Transit Connect easy to get in and out of. Standard on Transit Connect passenger vans is a second row of seats. XL models seat a total of four, while XLT and XLT Premium trims have a three-across bench in the back, for a total seating capacity of five. Transit Connect cargo vans only come with front-row seating. Reviewers say that the back seat is a little tight and see limited family appeal for the extra seats -- though some say shuttle or cab companies (or even bands on the road) might benefit from the five-seat version.
- "Transit Connect's tall build means ample headroom for anyone. A standard tilt and telescopic steering column and driver-seat height adjustment help tailor a suitable driving position. Seat padding is rather firm, but it's supportive enough to not be tiring on long highway drives. " -- Consumer Guide
- "Most workers ought to appreciate the "normal" driving position, as the driver is at eye-level more with tall cars and crossovers. The seat is reasonably comfortable and firm, and of course with no bolster, making entry and exit many times a day easy." -- Motor Trend
- "The seats are excellent, with firm cushions providing good lateral, back and thigh support." -- Autoblog
- "Test vehicle had the optional second row of seats (no third row available). OK for kids, tight for adults." -- USA TODAY
The Ford Transit Connect is all about work and its interior features reflect that. Getting down to business, the Transit Connect forgoes niceties like power seats or power door locks. Instead, it features workplace essentials. An optional tool link system uses an RFID reader to let the driver know if all the tools needed for a job are in the car. An in-car computer system uses 2G and 3G networks to access online records -- and you can even opt for an in-car printer to print invoices and receipts. Finally, a crew chief system lets fleet owners tag each Transit Connect in their fleet and track fuel usage, mileage, location and idle time -- something that could spell significant savings for businesses.
- "Significantly, the vehicle's engineering age prevented Ford from incorporating certain features-such as power doors, a fold-flat passenger seat, or fold-into-the-floor rear seats-that have advanced the art of, say, the minivan by leaps and bounds in the past decade." -- Car and Driver
- "The optional navigation system was terrible. Pronunciation sometimes was undecipherable. "Ravensworth" came out "raffenurn," for instance. Instructions were late, more validation than guidance: "Turn right." Ah, thanks Navi Girl; glad we made the correct move there." -- USA TODAY
- "In addition to the fundamental rightness of the basic Transit Connect platform, it comes with a host of optional electro-wizardry, including DeWalt's ToolLink system. Using RFID tags, the system keeps track of what tools are inside of the vehicle at all times, so you can know if you've left your spanner at the job site or your tool belt at the mistress's place. " -- Jalopnik
- "The system can be further upgraded the Crew Chief status, which allows fleet operators to track vehicles from a home office or from a truck itself. And then there's a tool tracking system that uses RF ID tags to keep track of tools to alert the driver if he's left something at a job site." -- Left Lane News
- "Not all is perfect: the center console with floor shifter is a waste of space, especially since it lacks an armrest for the passenger seat. But (optional) features like Ford's laptop Work Solutions system makes sitting on the Transit Connect's modest yet accommodating bucket seats better than a day spent in your average cubicle. " -- The Truth About Cars
For the most part, reviewers are pleased with the 135.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2011 Transit Connect. That's less space than some full-size cargo vans, but similar space to what is in a large SUV like the Chevy Suburban. It's also more cargo space than is available in the Chevy HHR panel wagon.
Reviewers like that the cargo area is easy to access and has a low load floor. However, while some reviewers say there's plenty of space for small businesses, others aren't so sure, noting that plywood may not fit in the back of the Transit Connect. If you haul a lot of small items, the Transit Connect may be a good fit. However, if you have a lot of large, heavy items to move, you may want to check out a large cargo van like the Ford E-Series.
- "[The] Transit Connect's ample interior height and low floor make accessing all your work-related items much easier than it would ever be in a Suburban." -- Edmunds
- "Surprisingly, the Transit Connect cannot carry a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood inside, a task that has become a basic measure of a vehicle's utility - and one that can be accomplished by most minivans." -- New York Times
- "The base Transit Connect comes without rear seats, which leaves a cargo hold more than 6 feet long and 54 inches wide and high, big enough to slip in couch, table and chairs, family bikes, lawn mowers, garden tractors, four-wheel toys, snowmobile, skates and skis -- much of it at once." -- Chicago Tribune
- "Cargo capacity is voracious, at twice that of the Chevy HHR panel van (135 cubic feet behind the front seats). . . Still, the Transit Connect may be a bit small to supplant the traditional pickup truck in the working American's mind. At 72.6 inches long, the load bay is too short to accommodate full-length pieces of lumber, ladders and pipes, which poke comfortably out the back of a truck." -- Jalopnik
- "The cargo area is tall enough to accommodate aftermarket commercial shelving and it's wide and long enough to fit plywood." -- Left Lane News
- "All 135 cubic feet of cargo space is easy to reach, and users shorter than six feet tall can walk inside without folding in half. If there's enough space for a service tech and his storage shelving system back there, every other work vehicle is screwed. Sell your camper shell futures now!" -- The Truth About Cars