It isn’t often I get to spend time in a van, thankfully. Usually it means moving home or lifting heavy boxes, two pastimes I can happily live without. However a friend of mine and I went dirt biking in his 2017 Ford Transit last weekend and I was mildly surprised at how nice the ride was.
Considering we sell the 2017 Ford Transit at Northway Ford, I’m surprised I haven’t been out in one before. The European styling translates well here in Canada and along with a stiff chassis and capable engines, it is not a bad way to get around.
2017 Ford Transit design
The 2017 Ford Transit forms part of Ford’s global model range that shares design and mechanicals across all territories. With a big grille, sloped hood and huge raked windshield, there is quite an aero look to the van. The rest of the design is constrained by its purpose but manages to look modern and robust at the same time.
Available in a huge range of sizes, shapes and configurations, there are few other vehicles anywhere in the world that offers so much choice. From panel vans to tippers, long XLTs to smaller Connect, there is a Transit for every conceivable purpose.
2017 Ford Transit mechanicals
There are three main engine options for the 2017 Ford Transit. A 3.7-litre V6 that produces 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 that produces 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque and a 3.2-litre PowerStroke diesel that produces 185 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Each uses an automatic transmission to drive.
Depending on the trim level you buy, Transits can be quite basic all the way through to luxurious. They won’t coddle you as much as an F-150 will but it will treat you well while you do your work.
With a unibody construction, driving is smooth and will excellent visibility, getting it around isn’t really an issue once you get used to its size. Even through it looks and feels solid, it is quite nimble for its bulk and manoeuvres surprisingly well, even fully laden. It will never be agile, but for a cargo or passenger van the Transit is very easy to control.
Overall, the driving and passenger experience in a 2017 Ford Transit is far better than I imagined. With strong performance and reliability, there is good reason why these are the best-selling vans across the world.
Visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 to configure your 2017 Ford Transit.