2023 Ford Transit Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs
- Starting at $44,455 MSRP*
- Standard 3.5L PDFI V6 (275 HP / 400 lb-ft of torque) or available 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 (310 HP / 400 lb-ft of torque) with 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission and available All-Wheel Drive system
- Three roof configurations: Low Roof (LR), Medium Roof (MR), and High Roof (HR)
- Three wheelbase configurations: Regular (RWB), Long (LWB), and Long Extended Length (LWB-EL) with Single Rear Wheel or Dual Rear Wheel platforms
- Seating configurations for 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, or 15
- Available SYNC® 4 with 12-inch touchscreen, 911 Assist, AppLink, Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, and Android Auto™ compatibility
- Optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package with Trailer Brake Controller
- Available Lane-Keeping Alert with Driver Alert
- Standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™)
About The Ford Transit
The Ford Transit redefines what it means for a vehicle to be utilitarian. Offering a huge range of configurations, with multiple wheelbases, roofs, drivetrains, and seating configurations, the Transit is built to handle an enormous variety of tasks. The maximum cargo capacity of 536.4 cubic feet is nearly double that of old-style cargo vans like the Chevy Express, and a lower floor and higher available roof make it easier on the people using it too. Passenger configurations can carry up to 15 people in comfort, with amenities like a power sliding door that aren’t available on competing vans. The Crew Van configuration even lets you split the difference, with seating for 5 and a huge 383.8 cubic feet maximum of cargo space behind that. Available all-wheel drive means that poor weather conditions won’t slow your business down, and the advanced Ford Pro™ Telematics system lets you optimize productivity.
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Ford Transit Features
There are two different engines available for the Transit, a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and an EcoBoost® 3.5-liter V6. The NA engine produces 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This is plenty of power for most applications, but those who anticipate needing a lot of heavy equipment can upgrade to the EcoBoost® engine for 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come mated to an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers For those who need to take their van offroad, or operate in less-than-ideal weather conditions, there is available all-wheel drive. You can even opt for additional offroad features, something that is sure to be a hit with those using Transits as campers. In fact, thanks to the available high roof, the Transit is exceptionally well suited for conversion uses, although anyone using it as a work or transport van will also appreciate that there’s room for adults to fully stand up. A 6,900-pound maximum towing capacity just adds to this all-around usefulness.
Versatility is a major selling point for the Transit, as it offers more configuration options than any of its competitors. There are three available wheelbases, with the longest stretching the Transit enough to fit up to 15 passengers. The Long-EL wheelbase can even fit 100.5 cubic feet of cargo behind its fifth row of seats, an incredible amount of space for a van. With that kind of space comes a lot of options for customization, and the Transit can easily be configured for whatever you need it to do. Custom upfitting is easy with this kind of space as well, Ford works with 13 upfitters within a 30-mile radius of the assembly plant in Kansas City, Missouri, meaning it’s easy and quick to get your Transit outfitted with whatever aftermarket equipment you need. The available equipment that comes directly from Ford is nothing to scoff at either, with lots of useful storage options, as well as full cargo compartment lighting, D-pillar assist handles, and more.
While things like cargo space, towing capacity, and accessibility might be the first things you think of as useful features in a van, Ford has found ways to give the Transit an extra bit of an advantage over the competition with technology. For starters, there is available built-in navigation, a huge help to delivery drivers, and something that’s not even available as an option on, say, GM’s competing vans. The available SYNC® 4 infotainment system with a 12-inch touchscreen makes this navigation highly visible, and provides an easy-to-see view from the backup camera. Much of the tech is safety-related, features like the Reverse Sensing System, Lane-Keeping System, Hill Start Assist, and Side-Wind Stabilization, providing extra peace of mind for the driver and the cargo. Ford Pro™ Telematics can provide useful route and vehicle status information in real time, helping you to run your business more efficiently.
Regular Wheelbase / Low Roof Cargo
Long Wheelbase / Low Roof Cargo
Long Wheelbase / Low Roof Passenger
Regular Wheelbase / Medium Roof Cargo
Long Wheelbase / Medium Roof Cargo
Long Wheelbase / Medium Roof Passenger
Long Wheelbase / High Roof Cargo
Long Wheelbase / High Roof Passenger
Extended Wheelbase / High Roof Cargo
Extended Wheelbase / High Roof / Dual Rear Wheels Cargo
Extended Wheelbase / High Roof / Dual Rear Wheels Passenger
*MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. Vehicle image shown is for illustration purposes only and may not be base vehicle.