The 2015 Ford Transit Connect Van delivers a choice of two engines, making it our pick for power and performance. Its standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 169 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. On the road, models with this engine achieve 21 city/29 highway mpg. The available turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine makes a robust 178 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. On the road, drivers can expect 22/30 mpg. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. Depending on configuration, the Transit Connect can haul a maximum payload of 1,620 pounds. Properly equipped, it can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
The Ram ProMaster City comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 178 horses and 174 pound-feet of torque. Like the Transit Connect, it easily handles heavy loads. It can also tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds. Its payload capacity is 1,883 pounds.