2019 Ford Transit Introduction

The Ford Transit is plain-looking cargo or passenger van that emphasizes the interior space it so lavishly provides. It’s available with two wheelbases, three body lengths, and three roof heights, and also can be configured with a chassis or cutaway cab. It’s comfortable enough for long hauls. It’s unchanged for 2019, except doors that open wider in some configurations.

The Transit is all about individual configuration. Most vans leave the factory with unfinished details, to be completed by a contractor. Base vans are bare bones, with vinyl seats and inexpensive but rugged interior materials, although cloth seats and audio systems are available.

Passenger vans can carry up to 15 people including the driver. The wheelbase is either 130 or 148 inches.

The base engine is a 3.7-liter V-6 that makes a strong 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An optional 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 makes 310 hp and 400 lb-ft, while a 3.2-liter 5-cylinder turbodiesel makes 185 hp and 350 lb-ft. All engines are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive only.

Transit vans get better fuel mileage than most pickup trucks. The Ford is EPA-rated at 14 mpg city, 18 highway, 16 combined, with the base 3.7-liter V-6. The turbocharged V-6 with more horsepower and much more torque (which means better towing and more cargo-carrying), doesn’t pay a penalty for its power, at 15/18/16 mpg.

The 3.2-liter 5-cylinder turbodiesel isn’t rated by the EPA.

The NHTSA gives the Transit four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side protection. The models with the highest roof get only two stars for rollover safety. The IIHS hasn’t tested the van at all.

Standard safety equipment includes airbags, stability control, and a rearview camera. Blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors are available on most configurations above the base models, both of which we believe are necessary with a vehicle like this.

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