Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The 2013 Transit Connect is a versatile compact van that offers a fuel-efficient alternative to full-size vans.  Gresham Ford Fleet offers the best pricing on new Transit Connect vans and wagons.  They provides an efficient power train with a 2.0L Duratec I-4 engine and automatic transmission delivering a 2013 EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/27 mpg hwy. fuel economy (Van).  These work vans offer a tight turning diameter of 39 feet, Ford Transit Connect maneuvers city streets, busy loading docks and cramped parking garages with ease.  In downtown Portland specifically the maneuverability of the Ford Transit Connect comes in very handy.  Ford has outfitted the Transit with a 2.0L Duratec 16-valve DOHC I-4 Engine with 2013 EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway (Van); 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway (Wagon).  The Transit is a great delivery work van providing  136 horsepower @ 6300 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm.  The cast aluminum engine block and cylinder head reduces the overall vehicle weight of the vehicle, which also helps the fuel economy.  The 2.0L engine has DOHC, 16-valve cylinder head that  delivers excellent combustion performance for a balance of horsepower and fuel efficiency.  Gresham Ford Parts has chosen the Transit Connect because of its versatility and fuel economy.  The Ford work van uses a timing chain instead of a belt, helping to

improve engine durability while the low NVH (noise, vibration and harshness)
characteristics contribute to a smooth ride and quiet interior. 

The 2.0L Duratec engine has been paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and a Fail-Safe Engine Cooling System that also meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 4 standards and qualifies for California Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) standards.  

The combination of the independent MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-leaf rear suspension, rack-and pinion steering and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) allows Transit Connect to drive and ride more like a car than a working van.  Parking this Ford Van is an easy feat especially with the windows you have great visibility.  The Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension also allows each front wheel to react to road irregularities with minimal effect on the opposite wheel for a smooth, controlled ride while also contributing to responsive steering.  If you have delivery routes that include many rough roads this feature becomes more important when considering alignment and tire wear as well.  The suspension on the Ford Transit Connect includes a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll while cornering.  When you drive the vehicle you feel stable, even when negotiating sharp turns.  Gresham Ford Fleet is happy to provide no obligation test drives per appointment.  The Multi-leaf Rear Suspension is a rugged design provides load-carrying capability along with a smooth ride and includes a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll while cornering just like the front suspension.  This work van really does drive more like a car.  

The Rack-and-pinion power steering maintains linear steering effort as the driver turns the wheel, resulting in responsive steering with excellent return ability and handling characteristics like: a tight 39.0-foot (curb-to-curb) turning diameter that helps make Transit Connect quite nimble and easy to drive.  The video above gives a great overview of how the technology works.  

The front brakes on the 2013 Ford Transit Connect are disc while the rear ones are drum brakes.  This combination of brake technologies provides sure, controlled stops.  The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is standard in every Ford Commercial vehicle.  

It should be noted that the Transit Connect is not equipped to tow and there are no optional tow packages are available.  So other than towing the Ford Transit Connect is a great option for many businesses with its versatility and great fuel economy.  For more information about options and availability contact Gresham Ford Fleet at 503-969-4184.