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Ford brought the Transit Connect across the pond after “taking advantage” of the Transit Connect’s mid-cycle refresh, which allowed it to meet U.S. emissions and safety requirements. It is based on the
first-gen Ford Focus (yeah, the same one that underpins the current U.S. Focus) and is still powered by a wimpy little 2.0-liter four-banger. As such, the front-wheel-drive-only Transit Connect is quite unbeautiful and unfun to drive and therefore somewhat hard to get too excited about.
Unless, that is, you happen to own, run, or work for a business that delivers, plumbs, builds, services, repairs, designs, or landscapes things, which more than a few Americans do. For them, the Transit Connect may be the most beautiful thing next to a tax loophole. With 135 cubic feet of cargo space, it is nearly as capacious as the Chevrolet Suburban (and far more flexible) and more than twice as roomy in back as that other little panel vanlet, the Chevrolet HHR Panel.