Though all the attention is being paid to the crossover SUVs, the minivan market is growing even more competitive. Some of today's minivans have been around for what seems like an age, but relative newcomers like the 2017 Transit Connect Wagon are putting serious pressure on the established names. So, let's see how the Transit Connect wagon measures up against an American minivan classic, the Dodge Grand Caravan.
2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon vs Dodge Grand Caravan
Performance and Fuel Economy
Family vans need to balance the need for budget-friendly fuel efficiency with enough power to handle a full, heavy load of passengers and cargo. The Ford employs a 169 horsepower, 2.5-liter four cylinder in the Transit Connect Wagon, which delivers plenty of power along with fuel-economy ratings as good as 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined.
The Dodge packs a bigger and more powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, but it's an old engine that's getting a little tired and noisy for today's discerning buyer. In fuel economy, it can't come close to the Transit Connect Wagon for efficiency. The Dodge Grand Caravan gets 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg combined. (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=37835)
Learn More about the Ford Transit-Connect
If the Dodge Grand Caravan was significantly cheaper than the 2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon, you may be able to a case for it, but it isn't. Compared to the Ford, the Dodge is like looking at a history book of how things used to be in the minivan class while the upstart Transit Connect drives and handles just like a car. In this side-by-side comparison, the 2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon wins handily.