When it's time to buy a truck or van for your small business, a great small business truck is the Ford Transit Connect.
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Are there other business vehicles out there with more bells and whistles? Sure, but it's hard to find another vehicle in the Transit Connect's class that offers a similar combination of value and functionality.
Although the Transit Connect fills the same market niche as the workhorse Econoline vans, it's much lighter and more user-friendly than a traditional panel van – probably because it's based on a European counterpart. If you need an ultra-rugged work vehicle, the Transit Connect isn't a good choice. But for everyone else, the Transit Connect deserves to be on the short list.
Here are some of the nicest features of this small business truck:
- Versatility. Transit Connects are incredibly versatile trucks. Ford's website demonstrates the broad range of businesses who depend on Transit Connects to get the job done. From Kayak Outfitters to Residential Maid Companies, any type of small business can customize these trucks to carry cargo, passengers, or a combination of the two. If you want to haul people, you get seating for up to five passengers with an additional 78 cubic feet of cargo space. Without seating, you get a full-size cargo box with a 1,600 lb. carrying capacity.
- Convenience. Urban business owners love the Transit Connect because it is highly maneuverable on crowded city streets. Even though it has a carrying capacity similar to a small panel van, it looks and drives like a small passenger vehicle. It even provides all-around access (dual-side cargo doors and a rear access door) to make it easier for you to load and unload cargo and people in tight spots.
- Utility. Transit Connect owners use the ample exterior surface area to create eye-catching ads that transform their business vehicles into mobile billboards. But regardless of whether or not you use it as a marketing tool, you will enjoy the Transit Connect's fuel efficiency. These vehicles aren't known for their power. Instead, they feature a 2-liter, 136-horsepower, 4-cylinder that boasts 22 mpg city and 25 highway.
- Price. The Transit Connect feature business owners seem most attracted to is its price. The base model comes in at a modest $21,185 MSRP without seats and windows. If you want to add a second-row seat and windows, you can do it for as low as $355 – an attractive value for cost-conscious small business owners.