Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Karl asks: I have had a 1999 Suburban for the past 10 years and the engine just went out on me at 290K miles. I loved it since I could take my six young kids through the worst blizzard Colorado could throw at me. Especially since my father-in-law who is a used car dealer could hook me up with the best tires. I go onto your website as I’m looking into a Ford Transit that will handle my family and also has a AWD option. I’ve never used your website shopping for a new car since I’ve never felt like a new car was the right thing at the time. I don’t see a Ford Transit passenger Van on your website yet and was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I would be looking at new because of the supply chain issues and also since the AWD option is only available starting with 2020 models.
My reply: Well, EPautos is a libertarian car site. But it’s not a place where cars are sold! I’m not a dealer; I don’t work for or get paid by the car companies – either to sell or to promote cars.
I do get new cars to test drive and then write evaluations/recommendations based on my test drive. But there is no quid pro quo involved. I simply give you – the reader – what I hope will be information/opinion that will help you evaluate the vehicle before you decide to buy it (or one of its competitors).
On the Transit:
There are two versions, the standard (full-size) Transit and the smaller Transit Connect. I’ve test driven and reviewed the Transit Connect; you can read my review, here.
Both these vans are suitable as family vans. The difference – other than physical size – is primarily that the Transit Connect is light duty, front wheel drive and powered by a small four cylinder engine while the standard/full-size Transit is available with a V6 and AWD. Many people use these Transits – especially the high roof versions – as the basis for RVs and campers, too.
Be advised, however, the the Transit (the big one) is pricey – about $35k to start, for the very basic version, which hasn’t even got side glass, much less AWD. You might be better-advised to look for a new/slightly used minivan, such as a Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey. I also recommend looking at the new Kia Carnival. All of these can seat 7-8 comfortably and some can be bought well-equipped for about the cost of a very basic Transit.
On the other hand, the Transit Connect can also seat 7-8 and is much more affordable. But it does not have AWD – though if you were to shoe it with good snow tires, it might just suit.
Might be worth checking out both!
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