Offered as both a wagon model and as a small-sized van, the Ford Transit Connect comes in several wheelbases and trims. The XL and XLT trims offer seating for up to seven passengers, but you will have to go with the wagon version if you want the desirable third-row option and extra cargo/passenger space. Stock the van features 16” wheels made from steel, gray accent molding, a two-speaker stereo sound system and USB/iPod inputs. Upgraded trim levels offer things like painted bumpers (instead of gray ones), traction control with collision alert system and backup camera, command console with the 4.2” MyFord touchscreen interface, overhead storage shelf, upgraded interior and larger wheelbases. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers this van and produces 169 horsepower at 171 pound-feet torque. The mpg rating gets 21 in the city and 29 on the freeway, ideal for those seeking to get better gas mileage out of their SUV alternative. Ford’s standard 3-year/36,000 mile warranty should be upgraded to offer added years of valuable protection for your investment.