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2015 Ford Transit Drive Test Review

What is it?

As the North American market says goodbye to the E-series commercial van range, plus a new vehicle, purpose-built into the ring. 2015 Ford Transit is a workmobile business sense that turns into several configurations that Optimus Prime.

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Transit joined Commercial range of Ford vehicles with a wide range of choices: three body lengths, two wheelbases and three roof heights, plus a van, car, cab chassis and body style cut.

In addition to the different cab variants, Transit also has three available engines. From the base 3.7-liter V6, the gasoline engine can be equipped to run on natural gas or propane.

Then our favorite. The EcoBoost 3.5-liter engine has plenty of power with a couple of stars in the range of 400 lb-ft. Finally, we have the 3.2-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel five-cylinder for those looking for an oil burner. Each engine is mated to a six-speed automatic.

With the ability to carry 15 passengers and equipped, Ford has created a five-row side curtain airbag industry first that unfolds to 15 feet long, 3 feet high inflatable mattress double size double bed down. This feature added claims to offer a larger head and neck protection in a side impact or rollover event. In addition, the Transit has roll stability control, front passenger and driver standards airbags, antilock brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system pressure.

From the outside, the Ford Transit resembles a Connectmixed Transit bus with a chip. It is larger than it appears. It feels like an E-series could almost fit in the back. For commercial work truck, it has a decent amount of style to it.

Inside, the center console of a mixture seems to be the development at the base and the Fiesta. Of course, the location of the shifter is a little weird, being on the scoreboard and not on the column – it takes some time to get used to. Storage is a breeze with lockers and pockets scattered around the cabin. A shade that seems strange is the direction wheel relative to the size of the vehicle. It feels strange that so would be outside with a small wheel. That may be adding controls on the steering wheel which threw our visual measurements.

Interior Transit feels sturdy, and rightly so. Interior transit consists of hard plastic. But it just feels durable. And rear of the cargo area – a blank canvas waiting.

In an effort to keep production rolling, Ford has partnered with several outfits near its Kansas City, Missouri assembly plant to customize the transit for almost any business equipment, plumber and electrician for any the rest. Due to logistics, suppliers are able to work with the command of Ford and the vehicle is sent to the factory to be fitted and then back to Ford to be shipped to the customer. Sellers are Masterack, Knaack and Adrian Steel, which offer a wide range of storage options, shelving, shelves, even in the options part.

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2015 Ford Transit offers tons of storage compartments for drinks and much more.

What it’s like to drive?

So if it has a motor and some sort of control mechanism, we will lead. It might not be the fastest thing on the street, but it is a vehicle to take note of if your workday requires something of this size. The commercial vehicle segment is a big part of the whole sector.

Transit is a beast, but it is quite agile for a commercial van. Ford threw the traditional body on frame for a lightweight integrated subframe. This coupled with a MacPherson strut bar and stabilizer offers before for a more controllable feel flat and corner exit. The rear is a traditional solid game and a packet of leaves with gas charged shock absorbers for an extremely rigid rear end capable of towing 7500 pounds when properly equipped.

We had the opportunity to test many variations of all different heights, lengths and wheelbases over three engine options. Each vehicle was loaded down with 50-60 percent of its capacity, which gives a real feel on the road worldwide. Cruise around the course test implemented in Dearborn Development Center and Ford streets surrounding surface unveiled capacity transit.

Transit has a wiring rack and pinion hydraulic steering for a turning radius and easy maneuvering. Hard navigation turns speed was a breeze; vehicles never felt too heavy for the district aggressively a ride.

For a van with a gross vehicle weight of 10.360 pounds – when equipped – Transit can stop impressive. Nothing is more frightening than the lack of brakes when carrying a considerable amount of weight behind the driver’s seat. But with four-wheel disc, transit can stop at a safe distance. Acceleration is another story.

The base 3.7-liter was a little weak to get up to speed, but not really a big problem for those just looking to get from point A to point B. We appreciate that cranks out a respectable amount of power. However, this is not our first choice. With the button “Power Stroke” cry for attention, we have to get dizzy and stomp on the pedal. The diesel gets up and goes, but it is not as energetic as some would assume. However, the couple feels exceptional. And let’s be honest, the sound of swirling turbo under the hood of music to our ears.

Jump in transport equipped EcoBoost was a treat. The turbo 3.5-liter V6 is a beast. Starting at 310 hp 400 lb-ft of torque, it takes the cake in the department of acceleration. The power curve is linear, even with the Transit half loaded down. We’d love to see what the EcoBoost Transit could not operate at full capacity max.

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With the wheelbase and roof height range available 2015 Ford Transit is big enough to carry just about anything inside.

2015 Ford Transit Drive Test Review – Do I want it?

After 53 years of service, the E-series goes to Ford cemetery. Fortunately, the twins Transit / Transit Connect will bridge the gap of commercial vehicles. Ford has already had one foot with many municipalities for commercial vehicles. This includes fire, EMS, police, and the list goes on. Flexibility and expansion available on the platform transit will inevitably help in future sales. And it is not just the factory additions that make transit so welcoming, they are options outside of the plant that are provided in partnership with Ford.

It is difficult to predict the future of commercial vehicles, but if the Transit Connect is any indication, with the May 4573 touch – up 29 per cent on 2013 – Transit must follow in his footsteps.

There is only one thing we ask about: How long does it take Ford to add all-wheel drive to do this, all van?

2015 Ford Transit

For sale: Now

Base Price: from $ 30,560

Drivetrain: 3.7-liter, 275 hp 265 lb-ft V6; RWD, six-speed automatic

Curb Weight: 5050 pounds

Fuel economy: 14 city/19 combined Hwy/16 (EPA estimated)

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