Van Review Sneak Peek
Herb Ellis follows up his review of the latest pickup trucks in Oct/Nov by taking a look at work vans. Here’s a sneak peek at his write up on the Ford Transit Van.
Ford says its Transit is flexible enough to fit any business like a work glove. The Transit is available with two wheelbases, three lengths, three roof heights, and three engines. There are three basic platforms – van, cutaway, and chassis cab.
Every Transit engine gets a six-speed SelectShift transmission designed for low-end acceleration and high-end productivity. The automatic SelectShift gives you two modes of operation to choose from: Progressive Range Select lets you toggle on the shift lever to reduce the range of available gears while in Drive. You can choose Full Manual function that lets you pull the shift lever into M for manual mode. You can toggle the switch to select the desired gear.
A rearview camera is standard.
If your job calls for working from both sides, dual sliding side cargo doors are available on medium and high-roof cargo vans. The rear hinged 50/50 cargo doors swing open 180 degrees on the 130-inch wheelbase model and 237 degrees on the 148-inch wheelbase model.
Custom fitting is available. All you have to do is go to the dealer and choose from the roster of outfitters available. Pick the equipment you want – shelves, bins, partitions, wall liners, ladder racks, etc. – and the van will be shipped to the outfitter and on to the dealer for pickup.
The Ford Transit 150 Diesel Base LR 130 WB earned the 2018 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada award in the Full-Size 1/2-Ton Cargo Van segment. Having the lowest total cost of ownership in 17 of 28 lifecycle scenarios measured helped the Transit 150 secure the win.