The 2014 Ford Transit Connect cargo van returns up to 30 mpg on the highway, while the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon passenger version can manage as much as 29 mpg. Both numbers are achieved when the vans are equipped with Ford’s 178-hp, 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo-four engine; front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic are standard.
With the EcoBoost engine, the cargo-ready 2014 Ford Transit Connect returns 22/30 mpg (city/highway), while the version with the base169-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four engine manages 21/29 mpg. Those figures compare favorably to the Transit Connect’s chief rival, the 2014 Nissan NV200. That front-wheel-drive vanlet, which has a 2.0-liter inline-four engine, is rated at 24/25 mpg.
Ford will also sell a passenger-ready version of the small van, available in five- or seven-passenger configurations. The short-wheelbase 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon achieves 22/29 mpg with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and 20/28 mpg with the 2.5-liter engine. The EPA has only rated versions of the long-wheelbase 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon with the 2.5-liter engine so far. It matches the short-wheelbase model’s 20/28 mpg ratings.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon has a nicer interior with upgrades like MyFord Touch, and an optional panoramic glass sunroof. The cargo version still retains an assortment of interior tie-downs and hooks to keep valuables in place, and the vanlet can now tow as much as 2000 pounds, whereas the old Transit Connect was not rated for towing. New safety features for the 2014 Ford Transit Connect include a backup camera, parking sensors, and standard curtain airbags, all items that were not available on the old model. Ford will also sell a taxi-prep package to allow the 2014 Transit Connect to compete with the Nissan NV200, a version of which is being used as a taxi in New York City.