2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon gets 5-star rating from NHTSA

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 8, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded five-star Overall Vehicle Score -- the highest possible overall rating -- to the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. The Tourneo Connect -- the European version of Transit Connect Wagon – also received a five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program consumer advocacy group.

Ford started selling the Transit Connect Wagon earlier this year. Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s global automotive safety office, remarked that the Transit Connect Wagon offers a unique-looking, fuel-efficient vehicle that provides a high level of safety. He noted that the suite of safety and driver-assist features available on Transit Connect makes the people mover a “great choice for families and businesses.”

The driver and passenger are protected by the Transit Connect’s body structure, over half of which is built with high-strength and ultrahigh-strength steels. The people mover also boasts of side airbags for front-row occupants, as well as side curtain airbags for all seating rows.

The Transit Connect has been developed and engineered to comply with stiff commercial vehicle durability standards that are equivalent to over 3 million miles, including over 250,000 miles of demanding on-road conditions.

Transit Connect Wagon - available as a five-passenger or seven-passenger people mover in North America – comes with a full complement of driver-assist and safety features like a rear view camera, and forward and rear-sensing systems.

Its rear view camera allows the driver to see what is behind the vehicle through a screen at the center dash panel. The display has guidelines and zoom features that aids in align the vehicle, especially when towing. The Transit Connect also features ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper that at low speeds alerts the driver to objects behind the vehicle.

Similar sensors are also installed on the front. The Ford MyKey technology could also be availed for Transit Connect, which can be programmed to control top speed and audio volume, encourage safety belt use and limit incoming calls and texts to a paired phone. [source: Ford]

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