Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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Starting MSRP: about $21,000
Ford Transit Connect
While it's been available in Europe since 2003, the Ford Transit Connect is new to the U.S. as a 2010 model. This small van comes in both passenger and cargo versions, so it can be used by families, as well as small businesses who need the cargo space for storage but don't need a full-size cargo van. The Transit Connect is powered by a 136-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. While it's shorter than other full-size minivans such as the Honda Odyssey, it is almost one foot taller, which gives it some unique storage capability, such as a large storage shelf above the windshield as well as substantial headroom for up to five occupants.

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