Big or small? That's the question. Because if you've got a business that involves hauling, delivering, or shuttling, you need a cargo van. But Ford makes them in different sizes, the two most popular being the smaller Ford Transit Connect and the bigger Ford Transit-150. Which cargo van best suits your business needs? That's exactly the question this comparison guide answers.
Price: 2019 Ford Transit Connect
As with all things business, price is an important factor in any decision. You want a good return on investment. Not surprisingly, the Ford Transit Connect is much more affordable than the larger Transit-150. The Transit Connect starts at $24,100, netting you standard features like air conditioning, power windows, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and emergency braking. Going up one step to the XLT trim level adds goodies like 6.5-inch touchscreen and wireless charging for $26,045.
Meanwhile, the Transit-150 starts at $33,135. Standard features include air conditioning, four-speaker audio system, and cloth seating. So what are you paying for with that extra $9,000? Mostly, more cargo space, and the power to haul it, which brings us to our next point.
Cargo Room: 2019 Ford Transit-150
The 2019 Ford Transit Connect gives you 123 cubic feet of storage space. By comparison, the large SUV Ford Expedition has 105 cubes with all its seats folded down. That's more than adequate for most small businesses and deliver services. But the Transit Connect cannot compete with the larger Transit-150, which boasts a colossal 315 cubic feet of storage space. That's well over double what the Transit Connect can give you. So you need to ask yourself an important question. Exactly how much do you need to haul or deliver? If you have a reasonable amount, the Transit Connect will save you money. If it's an insane amount, an industrial amount, you should consider the Transit-150 as a good investment.
Fuel Economy: 2019 Ford Transit Connect
The Transit Connect won't just save you money at the time of purchase. It'll save you money every day of driving. Cents add up to dollars, and the Transit Connect makes a lot of sense. The 2019 Ford Transit Connect gets 24 city miles and 29 highway miles per gallon. That's a far cry better than the Transit-150, which gets a miserly 15 city and 19 highway mpg. On average, you will save almost $1,000 more in fuel costs annually with the Ford Transit Connect over the Transit-150.
Driving: 2019 Ford Transit Connect
It should come as no surprise that the 2019 Ford Transit Connect is easier to drive than the far bigger Transit-150. It's almost no exaggeration to say that the Connect could run circles around its bigger sibling. With superb handling and minimal body roll, the Transit Connect is as much fun as you can have in a work van. By comparison, the Transit-150 feels large and sluggish. The Transit-150's powerful engines will get you there, but don't expect to have much fun on the drive.
In summary, if you need the space, definitely get the Transit-150. But for all others, we recommend the 2019 Ford Transit Connect.