The 2015 Ford Transit Connect vs. the 2015 Nissan NV200

2015 Ford Transit Connect

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Chicago and Manteno drivers in need of a compact van frequently compare the 2015 Ford Transit Connect to the 2015 Nissan NV200. However, with the Ford’s superiority in terms of power, efficiency, features, and space, they don’t find it hard to distinguish which is the superior vehicle.

 

Trim Levels and Price

2015 Ford Transit Connect Your 2015 Ford Transit Connect is available in three separate trims.

  • XLT Wagon: Starting at $24,710, the standard Transit Connect is fitted with premium technology. Aside from basic equipment, such as air conditioning and cruise control, you’ll enjoy a rear view camera and a remote keyless entry system, all as standard.
  • XL Wagon: Starting at $25,185, the XL Wagon adds a manual-sliding third row which can be moved backwards and forwards to effortlessly customize the Transit Connects interior space. Other upgrades include 16-inch wheels and power second-row windows.
  • Titanium Wagon: Starting at $29,185, this top-of-the-line model includes dual-zone temperature control, a 4-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, and even leather trimmed seats which are heated in the front.

The 2015 Nissan NV200 starts lower, with the S coming in at $20,720. However, you receive an incredibly Spartan van for your money; even the most basic features, such as cruise control, aren’t included as standard. The only other model is the SV, but – starting at $21,710 – it provides very little in the way of upgrades. The sound system still has only two speakers, and the seats are of the same dull grey fabric.

 

Powertrains and MPG

2015 Ford Transit Connect The 2015 Ford Transit Connect allows Chicago and Manteno drivers to select between two engines:

  • 2.5L Duratec I-4: The standard powerhouse generates a generous 169 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to keep the vehicle responsive, even while fully loaded. Paired with SelectShift automatic transmission, it earns 20 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.
  • 1.6L EcoBoost I-4: Uses direct injection to create an unstoppable 178 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, while earning 22 mpg in the city and a best-in-class 30 mpg on the highway.

In contrast, the 2015 Nissan NV200 comes with just one engine – a 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder. The output is just 131 horsepower with 139 lb-ft of torque, far less than a commercial vehicle should ideally command, with performance noticeably sluggish compared to the Transit Connect. Efficiency reaches only 24 in the city and 26 on the highway.

 

Interior Versatility

2015 Ford Transit Connect The 2015 Ford Transit Connect provides up to 131.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the 2015 Nissan NV200 allows for just 122.7. Of course, the Ford doesn’t just include more space, it ensures that that space is better utilized.

Drivers may choose from either the short wheel-base or long-wheelbase options. The long-wheelbase option offers class-exclusive seven-passenger seating and plenty of space, while the short-wheel base option allows for a tighter turning radius. Overall, there are more available seating configurations than any other model in this class, including the 2015 Nissan NV200.

 

Capability

2015 Ford Transit Connect Both the 2015 Ford Transit Connect and the 2015 Nissan NV200 can tow up to 2000 lbs, though the Transit Connect – with its vastly higher torque rating – makes hauling heavy loads much less noticeable while you’re behind the wheel. The Ford can also carry plenty within its expansive interior, boasting a maximum payload of up to 1,270 lbs. That’s a large number for a vehicle of this size, so Ford has provided an AdvanceTrac system with Roll Stability Control (RSC) to ensure that all wheels remain firmly on the road.

 

Safety

2015 Ford Transit Connect Both the 2015 Ford Transit Connect and the 2015 Nissan NV200 come with a range of basic safety devices. However, the Ford goes further by making a selection of state-of-the-art protection technologies available for Chicago and Manteno drivers, including:

  • Lane Departure Warning: Monitors your position on the road, then provides a warning if you begin to deviate without indicating.
  • Rear View Camera: Provides a live video feed of the area directly behind your vehicle. Vans often need to maneuver in busy, crowded environments – they can now do so with confidence.
 

Find Your Unrivalled 2015 Ford Transit Connect at Terry’s Ford of Peotone

The 2015 Ford Transit Connect provides everything which a commercial vehicles needs to remain at the top of the game. To test-drive yours today, just come down to the showroom at Terry’s Ford of Peotone. We hope to see our Chicago and Manteno customers soon!

 

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