As consumers, we’ve all been pitched on countless multi-purpose products. Oh, on the surface that late-night infomercial may appear to be hawking a big plastic ball, but keep listening and you’ll discover that you’re really looking at an all-in-one pillow, portable seat, exercise machine, and when dressed up using the optional black marker, a smiley-faced companion to keep you company on those (other) lonely nights.
The 2010 Ford Transit Connect Wagon falls into the same general category, though in this case we’re talking about a legitimate product. At its core, this rig is a cargo van, one offered as a light-duty, efficient alternative to the full-size E-Series. With the addition of a rear bench seat, the Transit would appear to be transformed into a five-passenger vehicle with a huge trunk, but in reality, Ford’s European-sourced utility van is designed for work, regardless of how many people buckle up inside. If that’s what you’re looking for, the 2010 Transit Connect delivers, albeit with disappointing fuel economy and refinement below that of Ford’s other new or redesigned models.