Ford Transit Cargo Van – Easy to Drive, Load and Maintain

Ford Transit History

How many vehicles do you know produced from 1965 till nowadays under the same name? Impala, Mustang, maybe Ford GT but there are no cargo vans or commercial vehicles here, right?

Wrong.

Ford Transit is the only commercial cargo van that exits factory lines since 1965 without a pause. Since then Ford produced 4 generations (and four facelifts) of this vehicle in factories in England, USA, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, Australia, and China. Over the years Ford sold more than 8 millions of units in all continents.

This van is one of the most selling and most popular commercial vehicles on the planet. It’s used by fleet companies, police, fire departments, tradespeople, even burglars, and thieves. It has been featured in movies like Fourth Protocol with Michael Caine and music videos of Robin Williams.

Along with RAM ProMaster, Nissan NV, Chevy Express and GMC Savana, Transit is considered as the best cargo van.

The first generation of Ford Transit was introduced in 1965 in the UK. The code name of the van was Transit Mark I (MK1). Ford replaced model Thames 400E with it.

The second generation, codename VE6, started in 1986 and successfully transported goods and people around the Europe till 1999.

The third generation came from manufacturing lines in 2000. This model was produced until 2013.

The last, fourth generation, started its production in 2013, designed by Paul Campbell. It’s has been made in Turkey, and Russia for the European market. USA and Canadian market was supplied from Claycomo, Missouri. In the US Transit successfully replaced model Ford E-Series in 2015.

Lines below closely describe Transit for the US market. This vehicle hit the shores of America in 2015 and momentarily became a favorite fleet van for many small businesses and tradesmen in our country.

Ford Transit Cargo Van Dimensions

Ford Transit is a full-size van. It is available in four body styles: cargo van, passenger van, chassis can and cutaway van.

There are three trim levels, Base, XL, and XLT.

Transit cargo van for US market (2015-present) is offered in several configurations; 2 wheelbases, 3 roof heights, 3 body lengths, and 3 engines.

Wheelbases and Body Lengths

There are 2 wheelbase options to choose from:

• 129.9 in. wheelbase

• 147.6 in. wheelbase



Available are 3 body lengths:

• Regular 219.8 inches

• Long 237.5 inches

• Extended 263.9 inches



Roof Options

Wheelbase and body lengths are followed by 3 roof height:

• Low roof (55.8 inches of interior cargo height)

• Medium roof (72 inches of interior cargo height)

• High roof (81.5 inches of interior cargo height)



Combine all these options and you’ll get 65 variations of Transit. There must be one that fits your business needs and personal style.

Ford Transit Engine Options

There are three engines available. Two gas and one diesel with a turbocharger.

Smallest is 3.2L Power Stroke diesel, 5 cylinders. Small displacement thought doesn’t mean low payload capacity. This is a very potent, capable and economical engine capable of delivering 195HP and 350 lb.-ft. of torque at fantastic 1500 rpm. You definitely don’t need to rev it up to get the power from this engine. The motor is paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Bigger 3.5L EcoBoost V6 has dual turbochargers and direct injection. This engine gives 310 HP and 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500 rpm. This is the same engine you get in Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The third engine is 3.7L, V6. It doesn’t have a turbocharger but can deliver 275HP and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Both petrol engines use the same 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Ford Transit Interior

As soon as you get behind the steering wheel of Ford Transit, you’ll notice car-like or SUV dashboard and interior. It looks very modern, materials used have decent quality for commercial vehicle, gaps are small and overall build quality is at the highest level.

The whole interior looks attractive and similar to other Ford vehicles, like Mondeo or small Fiesta. Everything is easy to reach and easy to read.

Agronomic is also fantastic. The gear lever is at the fingertip. The driving position is more relaxed than in Ram ProMaster with the ability to adjust driver sear in eight positions. Mirrors are huge, and you can easily see what’s going on behind the van since it has a rear back-up camera (as standard).

Talking about standard equipment, there are FM radio, front A/C, airbags, Bluetooth connection, lots of storage compartments (one is lockable), 6 cup holders, interior (and cargo space) lighting, 12V power point and extraordinary large sun visors that cover more than half a windshield.

Ford Transit on the Road

Like any commercial vehicle, Ford Transit cargo handles better fully loaded. Ford engineers did a great job with steering. Steering is responsive and handling corners is predictable no matter if you haul heavy loads or cargo area of the van is entirely empty. Body roll is well controlled with rear wheel drive. Extended units have dual wheels on a rear axle.

Acceleration is excellent for this type of vehicle. With EcoBoost engine, Fort Transit can go 0 to 60 in just 7 seconds. Power delivery is smooth with standard 6-speed transmission regardless of the engine under the bonnet.

The van is very quiet; there is no rattling or wind noise at freeway speed. Compared to its predecessor, Ford E Series, it’s much faster, comfortable, and handling is a lot lighter. Turning radius is significantly better compared to older cargo vans.

Safety features

Disk brakes with ABS on all wheels are responsible for efficient braking. Optional is a hill-assist system that helps a lot during a start in steep road sections. Van is equipped with other safety features like roll stability control, traction control, and trailer stability control. Because of all safety features, NHTSA gave four stars frontal-crash and five stars side-crash rating.

Cargo Space

Transit utilizes rear swing doors. They swing out to 180 degrees. To load larger items press the small switch and unlock doors and open them to even 270 degrees. Use the same switch to lock them into place. Another cool features are bumpers on the side that prevent doors from hitting the side of the van and damaging the exterior.
Exterior Dimensions - Van
Wheelbase (Regular, Long, Long Extended) Regular Regular Long Long Long Long Extended
Wagon / Van Transit Van Transit Van Transit Van Transit Van Transit Van Transit Van
Roof (Low, Medium, High) Low Medium Low Medium High High
Passenger Capacity (8, 10, 12, 15) 2 2 2 2 2 2
Rows of Seating 1
[in.]
1
[in.]
1
[in.]
1
[in.]
1
[in.]
1
[in.]
Wheelbase 129.9 129.9 147.6 147.6 147.6 147.6
Length 219.8 217.8 237.5 235.5 235.5 263.9
Height 83.5 100.8 83.2 100.7 110. 109.4
Width - Excluding Mirrors (SRW/DRW) 81.3 81.3 81.3 81.3 81.3 83.7
Width - Including Mirrors 97.4 97.4 97.4 97.4 97.4 97.4
Width - Mirrors Folded 83.2 83.2 83.2 83.2 83.2 83.2
Front Track (SRW/DRW) 68.18 68.1 68.1 68.1 68.1 68.5
Rear Track (SRW/DRW) 68.6 68.6 68.6 68.6 68.6 65.7
Front Overhang 40.3 40.3 40.3 40.3 40.3 40.3
Rear Overhang 49.7 49.6 49.7 49.6 49.6 76.0
Load Height (Curb) 28.8 28.8 28.7 28.7 28.7 28
Side Cargo Door Opening Height 49.6 63 49.6 63 63 63
Side Cargo Door Opening Width - Hinged 51.2 - 51.2 - - -
Side Cargo Door Opening Width - Sliding 51.2 51.2 51.2 51.2 51.2 51.2
Rear Cargo Door Opening Height 49.5 64.8 49.5 64.8 74.2 74.2
Rear Cargo Door Opening Width 61.7 61.7 61.7 61.7 61.7 61.7
Interior Dimensions - Van
Wheelbase (Regular, Long, Long Extended) Regular Regular Long Long Long Long Extended
Wagon / Van Transit Van Transit Van Transit Van Transit Van Transit Van Transit Van
Roof (Low, Medium, High) Low Medium Low Medium High High
Passenger Capacity (8, 10, 12, 15) 2 2 2 2 2 2
Rows of Seating 1 1 1 1 1 1
Head Room - First Row 40.8 51.9 40.8 51.9 56.5 56.5
Head Room - Second Row - - - - - -
Head Room - Third Row - - - - - -
Head Room - Fourth Row - - - - - -
Head Room - Fifth Row - - - - - -
Leg Room - First Row (Max.) 41.3 41.3 41.3 41.3 41.3 41.3
Leg Room - Second Row - - - - - -
Leg Room - Third Row - - - - - -
Leg Room - Fourth Row - - - - - -
Leg Room - Fifth Row - - - - - -
Hip Room - First Row 67.4 67.4 67.4 67.4 67.4 67.4
Hip Room - Second Row - - - - - -
Hip Room - Third Row - - - - - -
Hip Room - Fourth Row - - - - - -
Hip Room - Fifth Row - - - - - -
Shoulder Room - First Row 67.8 67.8 67.8 67.8 67.8 67.8
Shoulder Room - Second Row - - - - - -
Shoulder Room - Third Row - - - - - -
Shoulder Room - Fourth Row - - - - - -
Shoulder Room - Fifth Row - - - - - -
Cargo Length Front (at Floor) 125.9 125.9 143.7 143.7 143.7 172.1
Cargo Length Front (at Belt) 115.8 115.8 133.5 133.5 133.5 162
Cargo Width Between Wheelhouse (SRW/DRW) 54.8 54.8 54.8 54.8 54.8 54.8 / 45.4
Cargo Height Maximum 56.9 72 56.9 72 81.4 81.4
Maximum Towing Capabilities - Conventional Towing
Maximum Payloads
Wheelbase [in.] GVWR [lbs.] Engine Ratio GCWR [lbs.] Max. Conv. Hitch Trailer Tow Cap. [lbs.] Payload [lbs.]
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.7L 3.73 10800 5400 3680
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.7L 4.1 12000 6600 3680
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.5L 3.31 11200 5700 3600
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.5L 3.73 12600 7100 3600
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.2L 3,31 10600 4800 3280
Transit 250, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.7L 3.73 10800 5400 4080
Transit 250, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.7L 4.1 12000 6600 4080
Transit 250, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 5700 4000
Transit 250, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.5L 3.73 12600 7100 4000
Transit 250, RWB, Low Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.2L 3.31 10600 4800 3680
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.7L 3.73 10800 5200 3550
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.7L 4.1 12000 6400 3550
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.5L 3.31 11200 5500 3450
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.5L 3.73 12600 6900 3450
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 8600 3.2L 3.31 10600 4600 3140
Transit 250, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.7L 3.73 10800 5200 3950
Transit 250, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.7L 4.1 12000 6400 3950
Transit 250, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 5500 3850
Transit 250, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.5L 3.73 12600 6900 3850
Transit 250, RWB, Medium Roof Van 129.9 9000 3.2L 3.31 10600 4600 3460
Transit 150, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.7L 3.73 10800 5200 3550
Transit 150, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.7L 4.1 12000 6400 3550
Transit 150, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.5L 3.31 11200 5600 3480
Transit 150, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.5L 3.73 12600 7000 3480
Transit 150, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.2L 3.31 10600 4600 3150
Transit 150, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.2L 3.73 13500 7500 3150
Transit 250, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.7L 3.73 10800 5200 3950
Transit 250, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.7L 4.1 12000 6400 3950
Transit 250, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 5600 3880
Transit 250, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.73 12600 7000 3880
Transit 250, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.2L 3.31 10600 4600 3550
Transit 250, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.2L 3.73 13500 7500 3550
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.7L 3.73 10800 5200 4450
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.7L 4.1 12000 6400 4450
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.5L 3.31 11200 5600 4380
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.5L 3.73 12600 7000 4380
Transit 150, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.7L 3.73 10800 5100 3400
Transit 150, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.7L 4.1 12000 6300 3400
Transit 150, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.5L 3.31 11200 5400 3330
Transit 150, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.5L 3.73 12600 6800 3330
Transit 150, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.2L 3.31 10600 4600 3060
Transit 150, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 8600 3.2L 3.73 13500 7500 3060
Transit 250, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.7L 3.73 10800 5100 3800
Transit 250, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.7L 4.1 12000 6300 3800
Transit 250, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 5400 3730
Transit 250, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.73 12600 6800 3730
Transit 250, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.2L 3.31 10600 4600 3460
Transit 250, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.2L 3.73 13500 7500 3460
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.7L 3.73 10800 5100 4300
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.7L 4.1 12000 6300 4300
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.5L 3.31 11200 5400 4230
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.5L 3.73 12600 6800 4230
Transit 250, LWB, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.7L 4.1 12000 6200 3720
Transit 250, LWB, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 5300 3620
Transit 250, LWB, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.73 12600 6700 3620
Transit 250, LWB, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.2L 3.31 10600 4400 3330
Transit 250, LWB, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.2L 3.73 13500 7300 3330
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.7L 4.1 12000 6200 4220
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.5L 3.31 11200 5300 4120
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.5L 3.73 12600 6700 4120
Transit 250, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.2L 3.31 10600 4200 3140
Transit 250, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.2L 3.73 13500 7100 3140
Transit 250, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 5100 3430
Transit 250, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.73 12600 6500 3430
Transit 250, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9000 3.7L 4.1 12000 6000 3510
Transit 350, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.7L 4.1 12000 6000 4010
Transit 350, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.5L 3.31 11200 5100 3930
Transit 350, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.5L 3.73 12600 6500 3930
Transit 350, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.2L 3.31 10600 4200 3640
Transit 350, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9500 3.2L 3.73 13500 7100 3640
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9950 3.5L 3.31 11200 4900 4150
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 10360 3.5L 3.31 11200 4900 4560
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9950 3.5L 3.73 13000 6700 4150
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 10360 3.5L 3.73 13000 6700 4560
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9950 3.2L 3.31 10600 4000 3890
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 10360 3.2L 3.31 10600 4000 4300
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 9950 3.2L 3.73 13500 6900 3890
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Van 147.6 10360 3.2L 3.73 13500 6900 4300
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof, Wagon (10 pass.) 129.9 8550 3.7L 3.73 10800 4700 2900
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof Wagon (8 pass.) 129.9 8550 3.5L 3.31 11200 5100 2930
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof Wagon (10 pass.) 129.9 8550 3.7L 3.73 10800 4600 2780
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof Wagon (8 pass.) 129.9 8550 3.5L 3.31 11200 5000 2740
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof Wagon (8 pass.) 129.9 8550 3.7L 3.73 10800 4600 3000
Transit 150, RWB, Low Roof Wagon (10 pass.) 129.9 8550 3.5L 3.31 11200 5000 2820
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof, Wagon (8 pass.) 129.9 8550 3.7L 3.73 10800 4500 2890
Transit 150, RWB, Medium Roof, Wagon (10 pass.) 129.9 8550 3.5L 3.31 11200 4800 2630
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon (15 pass.) 147.6 9000 3.7L 3.73 10800 4200 2730
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon (15 pass.) 147.6 9000 3.7L 4.1 11200 4600 2730
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon (15 pass.) 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 4600 2690
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon 147.6 9250 3.2L 3.31 10600 3700 2660
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon 147.6 9250 3.2L 3.73 11200 4300 2660
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9000 3.7L 3.73 10800 4100 2800
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9000 3.7L 4.1 11200 4500 2800
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 4500 2760
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9250 3.2L 3.31 10600 3600 2730
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9250 3.2L 3.73 11200 4200 2730
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Wagon 147.6 9000 3.7L 4.1 11200 4400 2710
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Wagon 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 4400 2670
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Wagon 147.6 9250 3.2L 3.31 10600 3500 2640
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Wagon 147.6 9250 3.2L 3.73 11200 4100 2640
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon (12 pass.) 147.6 9000 3.7L 3.73 10800 4000 2900
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon (12 pass.) 147.6 9000 3.7L 4.1 11200 4400 2900
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon (12 pass.) 147.6 9000 3.5L 3.31 11200 4400 2860
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon 147.6 9250 3.2L 3.31 10600 3500 2830
Transit 350, LWB, Low Roof Wagon 147.6 9250 3.2L 3.73 11200 4100 2830
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9150 3.7L 3.73 10800 3900 2780
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9150 3.7L 4.1 11200 4300 2780
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9150 3.5L 3.31 11200 4300 2730
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9400 3.2L 3.31 10600 3400 2700
Transit 350, LWB, Medium Roof Wagon 147.6 9400 3.2L 3.73 11200 4000 2700
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Wagon 147.6 9150 3.7L 4.1 11200 4200 2690
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Wagon 147.6 9150 3.5L 3.31 11200 4200 2640
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Wagon 147.6 9400 3.2L 3.31 10600 3300 2610
Transit 350, LWB, High Roof Wagon 147.6 9400 3.2L 3.73 11200 3900 2610
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Wagon (15 pass.) 147.6 10360 3.5L 3.73 11200 3800 3480
Transit 350HD, LWB-E, High Roof Wagon (15 pass.) 147.6 10360 3.2L 3.73 11200 3500 3160
Some units have side sliding doors with windows. Side doors have low step-in height for easy in and out, but not low as in Ram ProMaster. If you want the rubberized floor, you’ll need to pay extra since it doesn’t come as standard.

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