2021 Ford Transit vs 2021 Ford Transit Connect

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  • 2021 Ford Transit

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    2021 Ford Transit Connect

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    275-310Horsepower (HP)162-169
    262-410Torque (lb-ft)144-171
    15Max Seating7

    Vans are different from the average automobile because of their ability to carry impressive amounts of cargo. Large commercial fleets, small businesses, and even hobbyists who require extra cargo space are all drawn towards vans. Additionally, vans display some of the finest craftsmanship the industry has to offer and are often touted for being constructed with rigid frames and high-quality materials. Although there is a wide spectrum of manufacturers that produce various vans, one manufacturer, in particular, is as equally as recognizable for its vans as its trucks. Taking a closer look at the 2021 Ford Transit vs 2021 Ford Transit Connect reveals an interesting scenario. Both of these vehicles are designed for a similar kind of driver and or business, but one is considerably smaller and cheaper than the other. The amount of cargo space and the passenger capacity will be entirely dependent on which model the customer opts for.

    Starting with the Ford Transit, it has an MSRP of $34,510 for the base model Cargo Van. This is then followed by three additional models: the Crew Van, Passenger Van XL, and lastly, the Passenger Van XLT. The 2021 Transit is the best choice for any fleet that requires more cargo or passenger space possible in a still relatively efficient package. The smaller Transit Connect starts at an MSRP of $24,694. Although the price tag is lower than the regular Transit, that is because of the Transit Connect’s smaller size coupled with its less powerful powertrain options.

    This base model Transit Connect is known as XL Cargo Van and is followed by XLT Cargo Van. There are also two passenger-oriented versions: the XL Passenger Wagon, XLT Passenger Wagon, and the Titanium Passenger Wagon. While the Transit Connect is smaller and less powerful than the Transit, it is significantly more efficient and is a great choice for light-duty and urban driving. All of these models are prime examples of the quality that Ford builds its vehicles with, and each vehicle is capable in its own ways.

  • Performance

    A white 2021 Ford Transit is driving on a dirt road in the woods during a 2021 Ford Transit vs 2021 Ford Transit Connect comparison.

    The 2021 Transit and 2021 Transit Connect, although similar in name, are highly different performers. Under the hood of the Transit Connect is a standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces 162 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. This engine does perform amply for Transit Connect owners, but drivers looking for a significant power increase should consider opting for the 2021 Transit. Unlike the aforementioned 2.0L 4-cylinder that serves as the Transit Connect’s base spec, the 2021 Transit comes standard with a 3.5L V6 that produces a much stronger 275 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the higher horsepower and torque output, the 2021 Transit comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission instead of the eight-speed unit found in the Transit Connect.

    Optional Engines

    However, both vans also offer an upgraded powertrain option in addition to their base offering. The Transit Connect features an available 2.5L 4-cylinder that produces 169 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the standard engine, this engine can be run on propane or compressed natural gas, providing increased efficiency. The upgraded engine for the 2021 Transit is a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that produces 310 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, which is 13% more horsepower and 53% more torque output than the base engine. The Transit also offers the option of all-wheel drive, allowing drivers to get where they need to be even in bad weather. Although the Transit Connect has the advantage of being more cost-effective, the performance upgrade that the standard Transit gives drivers is well worth the additional price if you can benefit from its performance.

  • Interior

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    For the 2021 Transit, the interior will vary depending on the trim level selected. However, the most significant of these changes is the maximum passenger capacity, which is 2 in the Cargo Van, 5 in the Crew Van, and 15 in the Passenger Van. In comparison, the Transit Connect is a much smaller automobile and is only available with seating for either 2 in the Cargo Van or 7 in the Passenger Wagon. This means that any customer who requires one of these vehicles for company-related transportation will likely be better off purchasing the 2021 Transit and relegating the Connect to the sideline. While seven passengers isn’t a low amount, having additional freedom in how a customer wishes to customize their Transit can make all the difference.

    Cargo Capacity

    Another major difference seen between the various models is the available cargo space. Once again, the smaller size of the Transit Connect results in less cargo capacity when compared to the regular Transit. The Transit Connect short wheelbase Cargo van offers 104 cu.ft. of cargo space with an overall cargo length of 71.9 inches behind the first row, while the long wheelbase Cargo Van provides 127.4 cu.ft. of cargo space and an overall cargo length of 87.6 inches behind the first row.

    The Transit is offered in three different lengths (Regular, Long, and Long-EL) and three different roof heights (Low, Medium, and High), providing plenty of flexibility to get the perfect van for your needs. At the bottom end of the scale is the Regular length Low roof Cargo Van with 246.7 cu.ft of cargo space and an overall cargo length of 124 inches behind the first row. However, if you need more room, then this can extend up to 487.3 cu.ft. of cargo space and an overall cargo length of 170.2 inches in the Long-EL High roof Cargo Van. If you are unsure which version will work best for your needs, contact our team and we can provide you with more information or demonstrate the different models in person.


    Both the Transit and Transit Connect can be optioned with a modern infotainment center that includes a WiFi hotspot for fast and secure internet along with Bluetooth connectivity for wireless media playback from a smartphone. The Transit offers options for either a 4-inch screen or an 8-inch screen, while the Transit Connect is available with either a 4.2-inch screen or a 6.5-inch screen. Not only do these options make for a more comfortable workday, but they also enhance safety and productivity by allowing for easy hand-free communication and navigation while on the road.

  • Safety

    A red 2020 Ford Transit Connect is driving on a city street at night.

    Vans are not only safe because of their construction and design, but they’re also safe due to housing a wide range of different safety features. The 2021 Ford Transit and Transit Connect include a rather decent array of standard and optional safety features. Both vehicles come with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, which notify drivers of an impending impact using both visual and audible alerts before automatically applying the brakes. These advanced features make long days on the road safer and are a simple way to reduce fleet accidents.

    Advanced Technology for Safer Driving

    Lane departure warning and lane keep assist also come standard on the Transit and are an available upgrade for the Transit Connect. These two features work in tandem to make highway travel safer for everybody. Lane departure warning is another alert-based system much like the previously mentioned forward collision warning, but this time the vehicle will notify the driver of unintended lane crossing. Lane keep assist then helps to correct the vehicle’s position by using subtle steering input.

    Both vehicles do not come standard with adaptive cruise control but allow for its integration for a small fee. Unlike the old style of cruise control, which maintains a vehicle’s pre-set speed, adaptive cruise control will dynamically shift the acceleration based on the distance between the driver and others on the road. Other available safety options range from blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert to additional camera angles and automatic high-beam headlights.

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