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2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van Review - Price, MPG, Rivals, Cargo, And Towing Capacity

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Pranav Gupta

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September 26, 2020 at 05:28 AM

Jack of all trades, the utility van - 2021 Ford Transit is available as a cargo van, crew van, and passenger van. With loads of driver-assistance technologies, smooth handling, and quiet interior- Ford Transit drives and delivers to everyone’s expectations. The 2021 Ford Transit will be priced marginally higher and the prices are expected to begin at $36,000. Set to release by the end of 2020, Does it still stand strong in the cargo game?

2021 Ford Transit Highlights


The 2020 Ford Transit is a versatile and customizable cargo van that got even more loaded with the last year's update. Ford added several new features for 2020, including new powertrain options. AWD is now available as well as it is safer than ever courtesy of standard driver-assist technologies. The premium interior feels further enhances the value the Transit offers.


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For 2021 The Transit van remains mostly unchanged. Available in three roof configurations -Low, Medium, and High with either a short or long-wheelbase option. Competitors may beat the Transit's amenities or maximum towing capacity but Ford's full-size cargo van has a stronghold in the business mostly because of its affordable and reliable performance. The Ford rivals against the likes of Nissan NV Caro Van, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and GMC Savana. 

What is the price of the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

The 2021 Ford Transit comes completely unchanged for the 2021 model year. The pricing of the 2021 Transit is similar to the outgoing model, starting from $34,150. The base-model Ford Transit cargo van T-150 offers generous standard equipment and features - 16-inch wheels, power-adjustable side view mirrors, split swing-out rear door for easy cargo access.

A four-way adjustable driver's seat and a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column make it comfortable inside. Standard technologies include Bluetooth connectivity, dual USB ports, and air conditioning. Additionally, all 2020 Ford Transit vans come with driver-assistance features such as lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure warning. Though we suggest opting for blind-spot monitoring that brings the total cost of the Transit cargo van T-150 to $34,745. 

What are the Engine options in the 2021 Ford Transit?

The 2021 model of Ford’s Transit gets 3 powertrain options with two new options introduced in 2020. The base engine is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 that provides 275 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The second Transit engine is the turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 available which generates 310 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

The third powerplant in the lineup is a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder. All three engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and shoppers can choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive as per the requirement. All three engines can be configured in both RWD or AWD configuration.

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

MSRP

$36,000

$29,890 

$33,790 

$32,000 

Engine

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated, V6

4.0L, Naturally Aspirated, V6

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4

4.3L, Naturally Aspirated, V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

10-Speed automatic

5-speed automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed automatic

Power

275 hp @ 6500 rpm

261 hp @ 5600 rpm

188 hp @ 5000 rpm

276 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

262 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm

281 lb-ft @ 4000rpm

258 lb-ft @ 2500rpm

298 lb-ft @ 3900rpm

The Ford’s full-size cargo van gets a potent and powerful mill under the hood which makes not only the urban transition easy but overnight journeys to different states much more comfortable and easy, even on full load. Among the rivals, the versatility of 2021 Transit is unmatchable.  

How fast is the 2021 Ford Transit from 0-60 MPH?

The 2021 Transit with the turbocharged V-6 sprints from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. That’s quicker than almost any other full-size cargo van. The lightweight construction and a powerful engine that deliver smooth and linear power make it possible for the Transit to run like a potent highway cruiser. Ford’s new engines and other mechanical upgrades to the outgoing model made it possible to achieve this feat.

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

0-60 MPH

7.5 seconds

9.6 seconds

11.2 seconds

7.8 seconds

Quarter mile

15.9 seconds

17.4 seconds

18.3 seconds

N/A

Only last year Ford introduced the AWD configuration which further air better traction and acceleration. The new 10-speed automatic transmission with a wider gear-ratio range for improving the acceleration and fuel economy at the same time.

How well does the 2021 Ford Transit ride and handle?

The Transit is easy to drive and maneuverable thanks to its light and precise steering - moreover, the steering bears a look as if you are holding onto a sedan's wheel. The quiet cabin and a ride quality leave no sign of fatigue. At 39.2 cu-ft turning radius, the Transit makes the tight maneuvers a price of cake even with its wider stance.

The 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van models with AWD have the same ride and floor height as regular rear-wheel-drive vans. Its large folding side mirrors bring a useful view of the Transit’s rearmost corners as well as views of vehicles in other lanes.

What about the towing capacity of the 2021 Ford Transit?

Ford Transit’s multiple wheelbases, heights, and powertrain options form extensive combinations to offers a vary towing and payload capacity. The 2021 Transit comes unchanged in this department.  With the 3.5L PFDI V6 engine under the hood, the 129.9 inches wheelbase Transit offers a maximum towing capacity of 6400 lbs in RWD and 6100 lbs in AWD configuration.

Improving the figures, the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 offers 5900 lbs with RWD and 6600 lbs max towing with AWD. As you opt for the long-wheelbase Transit the maximum towing capacity ranges upto 6800 lbs. Ford also provides with add-on components to bump up the towing capacity to the maximum threshold.

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

Towing Capacity 

6100 lbs

5000 lbs

6900 lbs

10000 lbs

Payload Capacity

3630 lbs

3545 lbs

2730 lbs

4312 lbs

The Ford Transit is not the table topper but offers a decent towing ability. Also, Ford advises not to exceed the trailer weight more than 5,000 lbs. when towing with bumper only. All in all, a commendable pulling context for a minimal of this caliber.


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What are the MPG Figures of the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

All full-size vans including Transit are exempt from federal fuel-economy standards. As a result, the Ford Transit hasn't been rated by EPA. Though looking at the real-world economy like other full-size cargo vans, Transit isn't the most frugal for its size, weight, and powertrain. In most of the tests, Transit returned an estimated 17 mpg with the turbo, V-6 engine on a 200-mile highway test.

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

MPG (city) 15 N/A N/A N/A
MPG (highway) 19 N/A N/A N/A
MPG (combined) 17 17.6 14.5 N/A
Fuel capacity 25 gal. 28 gal. 22 gal. 31 gal.
Range (Cty/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.) 375/ 475/ 425 N/A/ N/A/ 493 N/A/ N/A /319 N/A

The figures will go up notably in the newly added 2.0L diesel unit which will surely put in on top of this bunch as it is slated to give 19 MPG in the city, 22 MPG in the highway, and a combined 27 MPG. GMC Savanna, however, comes with the largest fuel tank for he bunch with 31-gallons at your disposal but we are wary of its MPG figures, but it will surely come in Ford's vicinity.

Does the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van get any Interior updates?

Interior updates aren't significant for the 2021 Transit as last year's updates made substantial changes inside. The utilitarian dash is mostly unchanged this year but it offers ample small storage options - cupholders at either side of the dashboard. Atop there the dash there are more storage options including one USB port and 12-Volt outlet by the drivers-side A-pillar. 

The Transit's cabin itself is classy for a commercial van, from the leather-wrapped steering wheel to the clean and functional dash lay-out with splashes of satin chrome. Black and grey seat fabrics also contrast tastefully with light beige windscreen pillars and roof/ bulkhead linings.

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

Front (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

40.8/ 67.9/ 41.3

42.8/ 65.7/ 42.0

N/A

40.9/ 68.9/ 41.4

The Transit is available in multiple configurations - different roof heights and wheelbase lengths. The buyer has the choice to configure the cabin as per the need. The sound-deadening is brilliant even with the LWB Transit. A power sliding door is an available option this year. The 2021 Transit comes standard with features such as a 60/40-split hinged passenger-side door (on low roof variant) or a sliding passenger-side door (on medium and high roofs).

What are the infotainment features on offer in the 2021 Ford Transit?

Unless told no one will realize if they are inside the Ford Transit, a commercial cargo van. The optional 8-inch infotainment touchscreen system, as in other Ford products, occupies the center of the dash like a tablet. Smartphone integration - Apple Carplay and Android Auto is present.

A 4-inch touchscreen remains standard, and there's a 4.2-inch color trip computer in the instrument cluster. All Transits gets 4G LTE modem which provides a Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to 10 devices at a time.

What's the Cargo Capacity in the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

The 2021 Ford Transit's cargo bay offers a huge volume ranging from 246.7 to 487.3 cu-ft for a Low Regular model to high long-EL Transit version. Removing the front passenger seat the cargo space inside Transit further expands by almost 35 cu-ft. The huge cargo bay is accessed via rear barn doors or the single curb-side sliding door. Ford offers a power-sliding door as an available option.

From the rear, the expansive load floor appears long enough for 10-pin bowling, Transit's cargo length varies from 126-inches to a maximum of 172 inches with a different configuration. The load floor has a tough protective lining, all internal walls are lined and there are 10 sturdy load anchorage points (five per side).

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)

246.7

234.1

319

239.7

With the Mid-Roof option, which provides a 72-inch internal height, even tall adults can walk around inside without stooping. The maximum cargo height Ford Transit offers is 81.5-inches. Of the competitors, its only the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that surpasses the volume of the Transit because of its notably bigger footprint.


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Does the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van get any Exterior updates?

The Transit cargo van comes with a 129.9-in or 147.6-in wheelbase. The latter also offers an extended-body length as Long-EL variant. Ford offers a choice of a low roof (82.2 inches) or a medium-height roof (100.3 inches) or a high roof (109.2 inches).

The two longer versions offer medium or high (110.1 inches) roofs. In the largest version, the total cargo volume is 487.2 cu ft. The maximum payload is 4,030 pounds, and the maximum towing capacity is 6,500 pounds. 

Model

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

Curb weight (lbs.)

2788

5817

4696

5261

Length (in.)

219.9

240.6

233.5

224.1

Width (in.)

81.3

79.9

92.3

79.3

Height (in.)

82.2

83.9

96.3

84.8

Ground clearance (in.)

N/A

8.1

N/A

8.6

Wheelbase (in.)

129.9

146.1

144.0

135.2

Track width F/R (in.)

68.2/ 68.6

68.7/ 68.9

N/A

N/A

The numbers on the back doors — 150, 250, 350, and 350 HD — informs about the gross vehicle weight which maxes of 8,670, 9,070, 9,500, and 9,950 to 10,360 pounds respectively. The 350 HD uses a dual-rear-wheel setup for the heaviest loads.

  • Grille, Carbon Black with Carbon Black surround
  • Headlamps, Halogen with Black Trim
  • Windshield Wipers, Variable interval intermittent
  • Mirrors Short Arm - Power
  • Roof Marker Lamps - Included on dual-rear-wheel models
  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • AutoLamp with Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Running Board - (Not available with Dual Sliding Side Cargo Doors)

What are the safety features in the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

Active safety features are important on any vehicle but for fleets, it is even more important as they lose money from the very moment they are out of service. So avoiding collision and ensuring the safety of the driver and passengers, Ford equips all the 2021 Transit with standard Co-Pilot360 technologies - pre-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-keep, auto high beams, and a post-collision braking system.

Optional Co-Pilot360 Technologies adds features such as adaptive cruise control, enhanced active park assist, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert and trailer coverage, and much more. Unfortunately, neither NHTSA nor IIHS has crash-tested the Ford Transit.

When will the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van launch and should you buy it?

The Ford Transit is the market leader with the highest recorded sales for consecutive years. Undoubtedly, it leads the commercial van segment with its high utilitarian aspect along with flexibility. The options Ford offers with the Transit cargo van gives buyers, fleet owners flexibility to make the best suitable Transit for themselves.

The prices may be higher in comparison to the rivals but the value is immense. Expected to release by the end of the year 2020, the Ford Transit Van remains one of the best propositions in the market money can buy today and uphold its 56 years' worth of run.


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2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van FAQs

What's the warranty plan offered with the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van?

The 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van is backed up by a nominal 3-yr/36,000-mile basic warranty and the powertrain is covered for another 5 years/60,000 miles whichever is earlier. Though the basic warranty matches the rivals, a few manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz offer a powertrain warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles with their vans like the Sprinter.

How much can the 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van tow?

Depending on the configuration you pick, the Ford Transit-150 can manage up to 5,300 lbs of towing capacity. As you move on to the more powerful trims, the towing capacity stands at 5,800 lbs for both -Ford Transit-250 and the 350 as well. That said, if you have properly spec'd your Transit to tow more, the towing capacity for the 2021 Ford Transit can up to 7,500 lbs.

What's the difference between Ford Transit 250 and the Transit 350?

Both the Vans offer the same towing capacity and also flaunt the same turning radius. However, the Transit 350 offers a thicker roof as opposed to the 250, enabling a better load carrying ability on the roof. Apart from that, the Transit 350 also offers a slightly longer wheelbase, bringing in better cargo capacity into the deal. The towing hook comes as standard in the 350, but the 250 needs a few more dollars invested to get it.

Should you buy a used Ford Transit?

Although the Transit has built an unbeatable reputation in terms of long-lasting traits, Ford has gone a step ahead and offers a warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles if you get a pre-owned Transit from an authentic Ford dealership. It might cost you a bit more than the one you'd find in the market, but the extra money would be worth the satisfaction, thanks to the 10-year warranty.

What sets the Ford Transit apart from the Transit Connect?

The Transit Connect is nothing but the smaller sibling of the Transit. While the Ford Transit offers a hardcore commercial Cargo Van meant for medium to large businesses, the Ford Transit Connect is helpful for smaller businesses owing to its compact size and a low towing capacity of 2,000 lbs, as opposed to the 7,500-lb towing capacity of its elder cousin - the Transit. As far as prices are concerned, the 
Transit Connect starts at $24,275 and the Transit Cargo Van starts at $36,000.

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