Choosing the right van or truck for your business can be a daunting task. It’s a big investment, one that you will have to live with for years to come.
Choose a full-size commercial van or truck and you may regret it every time you try to park it in a tight space or fill it up at the pump. Buy too small a vehicle and you may find yourself renting a larger one more often than you think. And if you settle on a regular passenger sedan, good luck trying to squeeze tools and cargo in between seats and cupholders.
Ford provides the perfect solution with the Transit Connect, a front-wheel-drive business van that offers plenty of cargo room. The Transit Connect can be configured to meet the needs of your particular business and is easier to maneuver and more economical than any other commercial van on the market.
There are other small delivery vans that offer more cargo space than the Transit Connect, but the Ford outshines them in how that cargo space is accessed and how it can be organized. The split rear doors open 180 degrees and can optionally open 255 degrees. The height of the doors, 52.1 inches, makes it easy to deliver merchandise or haul tools and materials to the jobsite. The Transit Connect is also fitted with dual sliding rear side doors. This ensures cargo and equipment can be loaded or unloaded from either side of the vehicle in tight parking spaces or alleys.
Unlike a traditional minivan, Transit Connect has customizable storage features such as racks and bins that can be installed to suit the particular needs of your business. Contractors and repairmen will find drawers, shelving, and bins useful for keeping tools and materials organized, and businesses looking for a delivery vehicle will find shelves and bulkheads to keep cargo from shifting around.
It’s not just the cargo flexibility that makes the Transit Connect a great business solution. Its on-board technology makes it an excellent mobile office. An in-dash computer can be configured to allow Internet access. Field personnel can download customer files or product information, remotely access an office computer, send text messages, access navigation, make hands-free phone calls, and even print out materials. The vehicle will also keep track of tools and inventory, using radio frequency identification tags.
Using Transit Connect’s fleet management system, businesses can keep track of their vehicles online. Fleet managers can also get real-time data, indicating when a vehicle is ready for service and can even establish operational perimeters to keep vehicles restricted to a geographic area or within designated operating hours.
In addition to offering plenty of power for hauling items around, the Ford Transit Connect’s 136 horsepower engine minimizes the number of times you’ll have to stop for gas (it offers 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway). It also has enough torque to get large loads up to speed quickly.
To help reduce the temptation of theft, the Transit Connect can be configured with or without windows. The side and rear door windows can be fitted with privacy glass. Doors are also fitted with lock-in-latch shielded locks to prevent break-ins.
Pricing for the Transit Connect starts at $21,475. Economy, flexibility, and industry-leading technology make the Ford Transit Connect a tough vehicle to beat at any price.