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2014 Ford Transit Connect Overview

Price Range: $22,425 to $24,200

The all-new 2014 Ford Transit Connect is like an athlete rounding into mid-season form. We're not saying the previous Transit Connect was a bad vehicle, but it was definitely held back by its advanced age, having debuted many years earlier in Europe. That didn't stop Ford's handy compact van from winning Stateside fans, of course, but it was clear that the company could do better with a more modern design. Enter the 2014 Transit Connect, which picks up where the old model left off and adds a slew of appealing new features.

Practically everything except this van's manageable size has changed, and even there, the new Transit Connect does its predecessor one better with an optional long-wheelbase variant. The anemic 2.0-liter engine has been replaced by two stronger motors: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a turbocharged EcoBoost 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. Despite the added power, highway fuel economy is up to around 30 miles per gallon from last year's 27 mpg. What's more, the Transit Connect has been restyled inside and out, featuring crisp, sleek lines that reflect Ford's current design language.

If you're a business owner looking for a fuel-efficient delivery van, the Transit Connect is a no-brainer -- particularly with the flexibility of two available wheelbases. But this van isn't just for contractors anymore. With 2- or 3-row seating, big side windows and a cavernous cargo hold, the family-oriented Wagon version is perfect for families that want something more practical than a crossover SUV but more maneuverable than a minivan.

We know American drivers are accustomed to bigger vehicles, but here's hoping the new Transit Connect gets a fair chance to win their hearts. Ford's right-sized van has caught a serious second wind.