A Ford Transit is an excellent choice to meet your personal and business needs in one vehicle. But which is the best year for the Ford Transit?

The Ford Transit is a popular choice among business owners who need large cargo spaces for delivery and transportation purposes. However, some models of this vehicle have not received as much praise as others. While the manufacturers ensure that the complaints are not repeated the following year, there are still drawbacks to each model that you need to weigh to get the best Ford Transit.

The best Ford Transit is undoubtedly the 2020 model. This model features actual changes compared to previous years but also has a high safety and reliability rating. Significant changes like new engines and transmission make 2020 a cut above the rest.

A Ford Transit is merely a box on wheels. As a result, you will have to put aside your expectations for a spacious yet beautiful vehicle. We can confidently say that the Ford Transit is not in the race for the most attractive vans out there. However, this vehicle is among the best for versatility, and it surprises you with many features to provide you with comfort and luxury.

Having driven Ford Transits for our business for the past couple of years, we know what you need to look for before you think of purchasing one for yourself. This article discusses the 2020 Ford transit and why we think you should get it.

Best Year Ford Transit

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The Ford Transit 2020 - What's New?

Unlike a previous couple of years, the 2020 Ford Transit comes with many new specifications, including the exterior, interior, powertrain, and safety, making it worth your money.

Exterior Upgrades

The exterior upgrades give a significant boost for people tired of the plain look of this vehicle. All trim levels are equipped with Daytime Running Lights and new automatic headlights.

Another important new feature is the rain-sensing wipers, helping keep total concentration on the road. Power adjustable seats, power sliding doors, and heated mirrors are more features you can enjoy if you get the XLT or Titanium trim.

Interior Upgrades

The 2020 Ford Transit comes with a completely redesigned dashboard that is far more soothing than the previous design. The introduction of the crew van trim helps the Ford Transit compete with other major brands in terms of seating capacity.

Apart from a vast cargo space, the crew van provides a back row seating for three people. So a total of five people can travel in the 2020 Ford Transit. This is highly beneficial for people who use this van for large crews commuting between job sites.

Safety Upgrades

A host of safety upgrades enhances the safety of the passengers and makes driving the Ford Transit much easier. Ford has introduced new features mainly to their driving assistance package, Ford Co-Pilot 360.

This is a standard feature in the XLT Cargo van and Titanium trims, but you can buy it for other trims as well as an optional feature. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 for the 2020 Ford Transit includes:

  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automated Braking System
  • Pedestrian Warning
  • Lane-keeping Assistance
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rare-View Camera

This set of features provides immense value to business owners by increasing the safety of their crew and goods.

Engine and Transmission Upgrades

Last but not least, the 2020 Ford Transit comes with a new V-6 engine which you can get in the base trim. A twin-turbo diesel engine I-4 is also available, along with an All-Wheel-Drive option. These upgrades offer a much-needed power boost to increase the use of this vehicle, but more on that in the next section.

Engine, Transmission, and On-Road Performance

Like most Ford Transit Owners, our vans hit the road daily with almost the same routine. From going up and down the city in the worst traffic hours to free-flowing on the highway, we get a pretty good analysis of how each Ford Transit power train performs in these conditions.

Our Ford Transit line-up primarily consists of the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This engine, introduced in 2020,  provides satisfying performance in the city, producing 275hp and 262 lb-ft torque. Even when loaded heavily, it provides enough power for the vehicle to pick up quickly and gives superior fuel economy.

On the other hand, you should check out its turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine if you want to experience the most that this vehicle can offer. This engine produces 310hp compared to its baseline engine and a 410 lb-ft torque. This powertrain provides the extra boost you need to carry heavier loads, but it maintains a decent fuel economy, unlike the baseline engine.

An impressive acceleration gives outstanding performance on the highway and also helps you change lanes quickly. Despite carrying approximately 5,100 pounds, excluding any cargo, this vehicle feels lighter than air due to the powerful engine.

The Ford Transit's engine is undoubtedly a star prospect, but its new 10-speed transmission and AWD shines the brightest and makes driving this large vehicle feel easy despite the load. All trims are paired with the 10-speed transmission.

Whether we drive from one neighborhood to another or cruise uninterrupted on the highway, the transmission switches swiftly, resulting in a seamless riding experience. In comparison, AWD is an optional feature that customers can choose.

We use our AWD Ford Transit for going up and down the country. It's safe to say that Ford knows how to satisfy the different needs of its customers.

A 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel I-4 engine is also new for the 2020 Ford Transit. It produces 210hp and a 310 lb-ft torque. The fuel economy of this is not reported, but users say it is better than the gas variants. However, this engine was not introduced in the US and is only available in Europe.

That said, the load capacity of Ford Transit is the same for all trims but is sufficient for most business uses. The towering capacity of this vehicle is 7,500 pounds, and the payload capacity is 4,530 pounds.

Fuel Economy

The full-length Ford Transit doesn’t have official fuel economy test data as full-sized vans are exempt from the Federal Fuel Economy Standards. The Environmental Protection Agency has only tested the 2020 Ford Transit T150 Wagon 2WD FFV and its AWD version, which are the short vans of Ford Transit.

The former gives a mileage of 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the AWD variant gives an equal figure on the highway but 14 mpg in the city.

According to our experience, the turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine has a better fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city while 23 mpg on the highway for the two-wheel-drive version. On the other hand, the all-wheel-drive van having the same engine projected a fuel average of 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Keeping in mind that full-sized vans are not the first choice to get good mileage, the 2020 Ford Transit keeps the number pretty decent given the value of transportation this vehicle provides you with.

Utility

Since the utility is the main selling point of the Ford Transit, a review of the 2020 model’s cargo space and the interior is necessary to establish why it is the best year of Ford Transit. The cargo and seating capacity varies in the four trim levels of the Ford Transit.

You can also get different lengths in each trim, including the regular length with low or medium-high roof, along with a low, medium, or high roof, or the extra-long with a high roof. We’ll break them down for you.

Ford Transit Passenger Van

The regular Transit Passenger Van hosts eight seats, and depending on the roof height and whether you have the seats folded, the space ranges from 39.1 cubic feet to 292.7 cubic feet.

The long configuration van offers seating for up to 10 people and cargo space ranging from 15.3 cubic feet to 371.3 cubic feet.

Lastly, the extra-long van available in only a high roof configuration offers a seating capacity of 15 and as little as 100.5 cubic feet of space with all seats open. You can jump up the cargo space to 414.1 cubic feet by closing the seats behind the first row.

Ford Transit Crew Van

The Ford Transit Crew Van offers a balance between cargo and passenger vans. This trim offers different lengths ranging from regular to extra long with different roof heights, but it features a fixed five-seat capacity across all sizes.

The cargo space in the regular length ranges from 173.3 cubic feet to 224.8 cubic feet. Depending on the roof height, you can get the long configuration Transit Crew Van for extra cargo space, ranging from 207.8 cubic feet to 300.1 cubic feet.

In comparison, the extra-long high-roof version has the biggest cargo space - 385.3 cubic feet. The Crew Van is a perfect choice for owners with a fixed crew and a heavy load of goods to transport daily.

Ford Transit Cargo van

The Cargo van is highly focused on providing the users with maximum space and better utility. Compared to other trims, the Cargo van has more space starting from the smallest version, i.e., regular length, low roof.

The seating capacity is for up to six people in the Cargo van, but most people remove the seats for maximum utility, including the front passenger seat.

After all that, you get a cargo space of 285 cubic feet. Below, we have mentioned the cargo space specifications for the rest of the length and height configurations of the Ford Transit Cargo Van.

  • Regular length/Medium roof – 315.2 cubic feet with front-passenger seat, and 363.8 cubic feet without front-passenger seat.
  • Long length/Low roof — 277.7 cubic feet with front-passenger seat, and 316.1 cubic feet without front-passenger seat.
  • Long length/medium roof — 357.1 cubic feet with front-passenger seat, and 405.6 cubic feet without front-passenger seat.
  • Long length/high roof model – 404.3 cubic feet with front-passenger seat, and 459.2 cubic feet without front-passenger seat.
  • Extra-long/high roof model – 487.2 cubic feet with front-passenger seat, and 542.2 cubic feet without front-passenger seat.

Ford Transit Cutaway and Chassis Cab

This is a unique introduction by Ford in the Transit line. Get this if you want a customized space according to your needs. Other than the front driver and passenger seats, you have a back canvas and can customize the back area as you like.

You can install cargo beds, equipment boxes, cabinets, or a mix of everything to keep the perfect utility van at your disposal. Other than that, the Ford Transit Cutaway and Chassis Cab have similar features and specifications as other trims.

Safety and Comfort

The suspension system of the 2020 Ford Transit is an exclusive feature that sums up its supreme safety and comfort.

Accidentally driving into a pothole might seem like a disaster; however, Ford knows how to balance the ride between comfort and payload performance. The van handles pretty much all bumps and potholes without damaging the goods or the crew.

We have mentioned the safety features the 2020 Ford Transit offers, but these new features are why you should buy this model instead of wasting more money for minor advancements in the latest ones:

  • Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure warning
  • Available adaptive cruise control

How Much Does it Cost to Own a 2020 Ford Transit?

According to cars.com, the extra-long Ford Transit can cost $36,710 to $42,920 depending on the trim. However, there are other costs to owning a vehicle that you should consider if you buy the Ford Transit.

The average five-year cost of owning the base trim of the 2020 Ford Transit is $55,804, including depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, maintenance, and state fee. However, the cost of ownership can vary depending on your location.

About THE AUTHOR

Charles Redding

Charles Redding

I've spent many years selling cars, working with auto detailers, mechanics, dealership service teams, quoting and researching car insurance, modding my own cars, and much more.

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