The 2015 Chevrolet City Express is all-new for the current year, but it still fails to offer Chicago and Manteno drivers more than the tried and true 2015 Ford Transit Connect. We conducted an exhaustive comparison to make absolutely sure that the Transit Connect still comes out on top.
The 2015 Ford Transit Connect is available for Chicago and Manteno drivers in three trim levels:
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express only comes in two trim levels compared to the Transit Connect's three. The LS starts at $21,955, and offers drivers less for their money - with no cruise control or keyless entry system. The LT barely improves; starting at $23,515, it offers no leather seating or even a standard rearview camera.
The 2015 Ford Transit Connect is powered by a 2.5L Duratec I-4 engine as standard. The Duratec is perfect for most drivers, with an output equal to 169 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque ensuring that the ride remains strong and responsive. Mated to a SelectShift automatic transmission, it allows for 20 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.
Alternatively, the available 1.6L EcoBoost I-4 boosts power to 178 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque while taking fuel economy to 22 mpg in the city and a best-in-class 30 mpg on the highway.
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express is equipped with just one engine - a 2.0L DOHC I-4. Eking out just 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque, performance is noticeably sluggish compared to even the standard Transit connect engine, while efficiency peaks at an unimpressive 26 mpg on the highway.
When you opt for a long-wheelbase wagon version of the 2015 Ford Transit Connect, you'll enjoy class-exclusive seven-passenger seating, with a third-row which can move backwards and forwards for enhanced versatility. The 2015 Chevrolet City Express allows for only five passengers, and tops out at 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Transit Connect's 130.6 cubic feet.
The Transit Connect isn't just larger and more flexible than the City Express - it offers Chicago and Manteno drivers more configurations than any other vehicle in its class.
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express enjoys one single advantage over the 2015 Ford Transit Connect; with a maximum payload of 1,500 lbs, it does offer slightly greater carrying power than the Transit Connect's 1,270 lbs.
However, the Ford can tow up to 2,000 lbs, and uses an AdvanceTrac system with Roll Stability Control (RSC) to ensure that it can handle heavy loads like no other vehicle on the road today. While AdvanceTrac provides sure-footing across the most challenging of conditions, the RSC system uses cutting-edge gyroscopic sensors to monitor the vehicle's roll motion and rate of turn within milliseconds, expertly determining how to apply the brakes to keep the Transit Connect level.
Both the 2015 Ford Transit Connect and the 2015 Chevrolet City Express come with a number of standard safety features, but only the Ford is fitted with a Safety Canopy System.
This innovative device is located in the roof side rail. Side curtain airbags deploy downwards and outwards to protect outboard passengers, while roll-fold technology ensures that they do not come between the glass and the occupant during inflation - or interfere with properly installed child safety seats or booster seats. It even stays inflated longer than traditional airbags to protect against rollover or multiple side impacts.
With a more comprehensive list of standard features, superior safety equipment, stronger ratings for both efficiency and power, and a greater degree of cargo space and interior flexibility, the 2015 Ford Transit Connect easily bests the forgettable 2015 Chevrolet City Express. Just come and try it out for yourself, at Terry's Ford of Peotone. We are conveniently located for our Chicago and Manteno customers, so don't hesitate to contact us to set up a test drive of the new Transit Connect Wagon.