The 2015 Ford Transit Connect gives shoppers a wider variety of engine options, making it our pick for power and performance. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 169 horses and 171 pound-feet of torque. On the road, the models with this engine achieve an impressive 20 city/28 highway mpg. For additional power, shoppers can choose the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It produces 178 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. On the road, it gets 22/30 mpg. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels. The Transit Connect can haul a maximum payload of 1,620 pounds.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Crew Van is available with one engine. Its 2.1-liter inline-4 produces 161 horses and 265 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to its incredible torque output, it can haul a maximum payload of 3,213 pounds.