FORD Tran­sit

Diesel Power - - 2019 Diesel Truck And Van Buyerõs Guide -

TO CALL THE ’19 Ford Tran­sit the best-sell­ing van in the coun­try only tells half the story. Though true—it does out­sell the other full­size vans—it did so by a mar­gin of nearly 30,000 units in 2018. Though tried-andtrue still sells, the num­bers don’t lie: For many, some­thing fresh from Ford is just what they wanted. The Tran­sit is avail­able in sev­eral wheel­bases, with a trio of avail­able roof heights. For cargo vans, in­te­rior vol­ume peaks at 487.3 cu­bic feet, with up to 4,650 pounds of pay­load ca­pac­ity and a trailer-tow­ing ca­pac­ity of 7,500 pounds. The pas­sen­ger van, called a Wagon in Ford­speak, seats be­tween 8 and 15 pas­sen­gers and can still tow a 4,400-pound con­ven­tional trailer when equipped with the diesel en­gine.

The avail­able 3.2L Power Stroke I-5 en­gine splits the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two gas pow­er­plants, with bet­ter low-end torque than the base V-6 and far bet­ter fuel econ­omy than the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6.

Pric­ing is not con­firmed for ’19 mod­els, but it’s not ex­pected to change dras­ti­cally. Prices for ’18 Ford Tran­sit vans started at $37,770.

Ford’s ’19 Tran­sit van is avail­able with the choice of three en­gines, but the 3.2L Power Stroke diesel is by far the best. It has more torque than the base V-6 and isn’t nearly as thirsty as the 3.0L twin-turbo EcoBoost gas en­gine.

With nearly 130,000 sales in 2018, the Tran­sit not only takes the cake for most pop­u­lar com­mer­cial van, it beats out the best-sell­ing mini­van, too.

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