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Specs on the 2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bottom line: One size, of course, does not fit all. But that's one size, large or small. Trying to get around delivery trucks on D.C. or Manhattan streets would be a heck of a lot easier with trucks configured like the Transit Connect than with trucks having unnecessarily large engines and bodies.

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Ride, acceleration and handling: All three are good, depending on HOW the Transit Connect is used. This isn't a go-kart or sports car. It can easily be modified for personal use. But its main purpose is to pick up and deliver loads in congested spaces without using much fuel. It does this quite well, as I discovered in the transportation of new furniture and equipment for my home office.

Head-turning quotient: It attracted the attention of small-business owners everywhere I went in Northern Virginia. They literally were crawling in and out of the thing, trying to figure out how they could use it on their pickup and delivery routes.

Body style/layout: A compact, front-wheel-drive, front-engine pickup-delivery truck. It has two seats up front (a second row of seats is optional) and a large, high-roofed cargo area in the rear. The cargo section can be configured in many ways for a variety of needs. Standard rear doors are the swing-out type.

Engine/transmission: The standard engine currently offered in the United States is a 2-liter in-line four-cylinder with a maximum 136 horsepower and 128 foot-pounds of torque. It is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Capacities: Standard seating for two, optional for two more. The two-seat model has a maximum 135.3 cubic feet of cargo space. It can carry a payload of 1,600 pounds. Fuel capacity is 15.4 gallons (regular gasoline is recommended).

Fuel economy: You get 20 miles a gallon in the city and 25 on the highway unloaded. Actual mileage depends on cargo load, road conditions and speed.

Safety: Standard equipment includes ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, and side air bags in addition to front bags for driver and front passenger. Electronic stability and traction control are optional.

Price: Base price is $22,245; dealer price, $20,178. Price as tested is $24,925, including $1,985 in options and a $695 destination charge. Dealer's price as tested is $23,059. A $500 rebate is available.


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