2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon

I’ve had a few stints in the Transit Connect and yet am always pleasantly surprised when I get behind the wheel. Who would have thought a crude little van could drive so well? Ford engineers, apparently. Much of the credit goes to the heavy steering. Most minivans and crossovers have very high levels of power assist, something that’s supposed to make them feel more manageable but which, to me, only increases the level of disconnect inherent in driving a big machine. The Transit Connect also manages to defy its dimensions with reassuring stability. I can almost picture the Transit Connect maneuvering madly through crowded, narrow streets in Turkey, its country of origin. At highway speeds, though, the physics of driving a vehicle shaped like a billboard take over, and you feel every crosswind. The vehicle’s height is also a limitation. As Joe noted, it won’t go to the top of our parking structure, a feat managed by the likes of our departed Four Seasons Dodge Ram 1500.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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