2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

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Offered in standard- and long-wheelbase configurations, with dual sliding side doors, a choice of a rear liftgate or dual cargo doors, and seating for five, six, or seven passengers, the Transit Connect Wagon, now in its second generation, shoots the gap between the discontinued Mazda 5 and full-on minivans.The standard powertrain is a 169-hp 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels (all-wheel drive is not an option). Built on the same platform as the Focus, the six-seat Transit Connect Wagon we drove for this review looks tall, and its roof is 2.1 inches higher than that of a Chrysler Pacifica. The Ford’s wheelbase is 1.0 inch shorter than the Pacifica’s, but it’s fully 14.1 inches shorter overall and—crucially in terms of the vehicle’s character—7.4 inches narrower. This all translates into a lot of interior volume in a tidy, easily maneuvered box. Another way to look at it: The Transit Connect Wagon is significantly larger than the original minivan, the 1984 Plymouth Voyager.

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