2016 Ford Transit 150 XLT Review





2016 Ford Transit 150 XLT Review - Externally, the 2016 Ford Transit 150 is most likely one of the most monotonous vehicle I have actually driven this year, but that's what's most fascinating regarding it. It's a mostly empty commercial van-- nearly essentially a big box on wheels-- however, a lot more importantly, it's a blank slate.

Yes, the 2016 Ford Transit 150 XLT that came to the CNET workplaces was full of row after row of seats as well as largely set up as an individuals carrier/airport shuttle/church bus/tourist transport, yet it's very easy to check out the boxy 150 as well as picture it as a charming little food truck, a mobile pet dog groomer, a bloodmobile, an unexpected emergency car ... I could note parts for it all day.

2016 Ford Transit 150 XLT Review

High-trim ... for a van
Though the majority of Transit 150s that roll off of the assembly line are fated to end up being anonymous workhorse freight vehicles and service vans or the spacious, vacant, rubber-matted rental vans you'll make use of when it's time to relocate to a brand-new small apartment, our example arrived as a very high-trim XLT design. That is to claim, high-trim for an industrial van. That means alloy wheels, carpeted interior, Pueblo Gold Metal paint as well as touchscreen infotainment. The attribute checklist for a "high-trim" office van gets on par with what I 'd get out of an "entry-level" little hatchback.

In the dashboard of this 2016 Ford Transit 150 XLT design is the optional Sync with MyFord Touch infomercial stack, a 6.5-inch touchscreen-controlled suite of connected navigation with website traffic, electronic media sources and also communications technology. This is the same setup that we've been seeing in Ford cars for many years, so its look offers no actual unpleasant surprises. It's still a system with an excellent collection of functions yet that's seriously hampered by unpleasant organization and slow response times. In the Transportation 150, the vehicle driver likewise has to contend with that the touch display is a fairly far get to across the vast dashboard, making it even trickier to utilize on the move.


2016 Ford Transit 150 XLT Review

Configurable, capacious
So, yes, the dash appears like it was raised from a Ford Emphasis as well as plunked right into a much bigger vehicle. Naturally, one significant difference between the Ford Transportation 150 XLT and Ford's small hatchback is the sitting for up to 11 souls (consisting of the vehicle driver) as well as their payload.

When I state freight, I imply that with around 94 cubic feet of area behind its third row, you can carefully stack about 23 big, 30-inch luggages. Adding a fourth row to bump approximately an 11-seater still leaves the Transit 150 with area for 10 suitcases (or two times as several tiny carry-on-sized bags). As well as this isn't even its biggest form, Our example is, particularly, a "medium-wheelbase, low-roof Transportation wagon." It's obtained a 130-inch wheelbase and also an overall length of concerning 220 inches and also is 83.6 inches high. The Transit is readily available in 3 sizes (regular, long and extended) and also 3 roof elevations (low, tool and also high). At its biggest, an "extended-wheelbase, high-roof Transit wagon" flexes to a length of 264 inches and a height of 107.7-inches. In this form, there's space for 15 travelers on its five rows, as well as 25 large, 30-inch travel suitcases. Ditch the seats as well as there's 487.3 cubic feet of room behind the vehicle driver, area for 122 huge bags.

The Transit can be had with a set of hinged side doors or a sliding doorway. It can be a "wagon" like ours with seats or a van with merely a big empty space behind the motorists. The interior can be independently furnished for a selection of uses with incorporated racks, racks as well as storage space bins. The Transit can also be had as just a cab with a bare framework behind it, prepared for a much more full overhaul. Whatever you select, there's lots of room for stuff. Ahead of the driver's seat, I counted no fewer than 8 cupholders in the door, at the A-pillars and also in the center. There's also a set of huge storage space areas low on the dash that can most likely fit a 2-liter container for-- uhh, you understand-- for long runs.

Regardless of all this capaciousness, I felt cramped in the vehicle driver's seat. There's lots of clearance-- gauged in feet-- and also shoulder room, however the combination of a tall sitting position with an outstanding tilted steering pillar implied that I wound up having to rest really close to the wheel as well as pedals to comfortably get to the controls, so close that I continuously (and also painfully) smacked my knee on the steering-column adjuster each time I exited the XLT. The irony of not having space to handle in among the biggest automobiles I've ever driven was not lost on me.

Engine options, efficiency
Merely ahead of the log cabin, wedged amazingly securely into the Transit's small engine room, is Ford's 3.7-liter V-6 gasoline-powered (or E85 Flex Energy) engine. Surprisingly, the vents on the Transportation's brief hood are practical, or at least among them is, acting as an entryway for great, outside air to be attracted straight into the van's consumption. Power is explained at 275 horsepower as well as 260 pound-feet of torque, which isn't an overwhelming quantity of power for a car of this size, however enough to obtain move the totally filled van at an appropriate price.

Throughout my testing, I balanced 17.7 mpg over mainly motorway miles, which align favorably with the EPA's assumptions of 14 city, 19 freeway and also 16 incorporated mpg. I 'd visualize that with eight individuals aboard, those effectiveness numbers would dip merely a little bit, specifically around town. The 3.7-liter engine is mated with a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission sending out power to the rear wheels. (2 last drive options are offered, offering drivers yet one more option between optimizing efficiency or capability.).

Drivers who desire a bit more pizzazz could option a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes use of twin turbocharging to improve output to 310 horse power as well as 400 pound-feet of torque. A package deal that converts the 3.7-liter engine to work on pressed natural gas or liquid oil gas (CNG/LPG) is likewise readily available for reduced discharges use cases, along with a 3.2-liter diesel engine option that flaunts 350 pound-feet of torque for transporting heavy lots and also high-mileage applications. Like the framework that surrounds it, the Transportation's engine bay is extremely flexible.

Despite having the base 3.7-liter, the Transportation flaunts a 2,900-pound payload and could hold up to 450 extra pounds on its roof covering with an optional ladder shelf. With the addition of optional equipment and among the more effective engines, that payload expands to merely over 4,500 pounds and also an optional towing package deal with sway control as well as trailer brake control enhances its trailering capacity to 7,500 pounds. Incidentally, my fantasy USAge for the Transportation is as mobile garage area for a towed race auto.

Pricing with lots of wiggle space.
The fact is that these vehicles aren't truly bought by you, the individual customer; they're ordered for fleets, solutions as well as livery use. And because of their extremely customizable nature and the availability of fleet discount rates, developing a price range for comparison can be complicated. The vans you see on the street might cost dramatically more or less compared to any kind of cost I could price estimate right here.

For the sake of convenience, we'll stick to the variety for the configuration most likely to be considered by an individual proprietor-- possibly an enterprising Las Vegas Uber vehicle driver concentrating on large events, an entrepreneurial mommy starting a day care pick-up solution or a tiny band that has to reach programs with all of their instruments and also tools, seriously, half the enjoyable of this van is identifying great points to do with it-- the 2015 Ford Transit 150 MWB LR 8-seater wagon, which begins at $32,270.

We've likewise obtained the optional $325 limited-slip back axle, which need to increase cornering grip as well as $150 Pueblo Gold metallic paint, which should increase visual allure. XLT trim upgrades as well as optional attributes (including the alloy wheels, MyFord Touch technology and also vehicle driver aid attributes) bump our as-tested rate to $38,750.

At that price, the Transportation align nicely with the Nissan NV traveler van, which stickers at $37,500 likewise geared up (however without street departure alert), as well as is much more van for the cash than the more portable Mercedes-Benz Metris.




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