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18:07  13 february  2018
18:07  13 february  2018 Source:   automobilemag.com

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  Chrysler Pacifica Named Green Car Reports Best Car to Buy <p>The 2018 Pacifica Hybrid is a hybrid electric minivan with seven seats.</p>The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was named the 2018 Green Car Reports Best Car to Buy. The editors over at Green Car Reports chose the most significant new green car made available to shoppers during the 2018 model year. They take into account new technologies, their practicality, and their impact on the environment. After sizing up the competition this year, the Pacifica Hybrid took the overall crown.

A redesigned interior, the ’19 Ford Transit Connect Wagon , heretofore known as Transit Connect Passenger Wagon , targets “active” Baby Boomers. I prefer to receive occasional updates with special offers from carefully selected third party partners.

Ford left the minivan market to Chrysler /Dodge, Honda, Toyota, and Kia when it discontinued the Freestar after the 2007 model year, then discovered an alternative Of course, the big news for most Ford Transit Connect Wagon buyers is the new banquet of connected and driver-assist features.

Ford left the minivan market to Chrysler/Dodge, Honda, Toyota, and Kia when it discontinued the Freestar after the 2007 model year, then discovered an alternative to the segment with its Transit Connect compact delivery truck.

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  Test Drive: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum <p>I believe it is impossible to drive a minivan for a week and not be a convert.</p>I believe it is impossible to drive a minivan for a week and not be a convert. When we talk about practicality in other cars, whether they’re sedans, or hatchbacks, or three-row SUVs, we’re only ever talking about relative practicality. If you want the real thing, the whole enchilada, you can only get it one place: Minivan-land.

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Ford sold 34,473 Transit Connects in 2017, off 20.2 percent from the previous year. Featuring new sheetmetal ahead of the A-pillar, and a redesigned interior, the ’19 Ford Transit Connect Wagon , heretofore known as Transit Connect Passenger Wagon

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The Ford Transit Connect is assembled in Turkey and delivered to the U.S. market with windows. Here, the windows are removed and steel panels are inserted, to create a European-style delivery van for the U.S. market while avoiding the 25-percent "Chicken Tax."

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When the all-new 2014 Ford Transit Connect arrived on our shores, the redesign (we got our first TC model in the '10 model year) lent itself to broader use as a small family van, complete with windows.

That configuration now accounts for about 15-20 percent of the van's sales. Ford sold 34,473 Transit Connects in 2017, off 20.2 percent from the previous year.

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Featuring new sheetmetal ahead of the A-pillar, and a redesigned interior, the '19 Ford Transit Connect Wagon, heretofore known as Transit Connect Passenger Wagon, targets "active" Baby Boomers who will attach bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards or luggage to the optional roof rails, or who need to keep working as craftsmen and craftswomen after age 65. In a way, that's pretty much the demographic of the modern minivan buyer.

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Physically, the new Transit Connect Wagon doesn't look too different from its forebear. The front is similar, but it's been smoothed over to better resemble other new Ford products. Inside, there are three rows of seats, and the back two can be folded down to a flat floor

Quick- take Review. Ford Transit Connect Wagon . A 4/5ths-scale minivan. Built on the same platform as the Focus, the six-seat Transit Connect Wagon we drove for this review looks tall, and its roof is 2.1 inches higher than that of a Chrysler Pacifica .

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As with conventional passenger cars, the best way to stop such sales slides is to refresh the model. For the 2019 model year, Ford adds a 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine, which it expects will earn an EPA-estimated 30-mpg on the highway, and a new 2.0-liter gas direct-injection four based on the 160-horsepower Focus 2.0-liter engine. Both new engines are mated to a new, eight-speed automatic based on the Ford-General Motors-developed nine-speed automatic.

The 2.5-liter gas Duratec I-4 with six-speed automatic carries over, but only to fleet buyers who convert to alternative fuels, such as natural gas.

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Of course, the big news for most Ford Transit Connect Wagon buyers is the new banquet of connected and driver-assist features. For '19, Ford adds standard Automatic Emergency Braking combined with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, plus optional Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. The Lane Keeping System warns the driver by vibrating the steering wheel, and can apply wheel torque to keep the van centered.

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Ford Takes on the Chrysler Pacifica with an Updated Transit Connect Wagon | Automobile Magazine. A redesigned interior, the ’19 Ford Transit Connect Wagon , heretofore known as Transit Connect Passenger Wagon , targets “active” Baby Boomers.

And yet, Ford refers to this as the “unminivan.” It has been marketed as a viable option both for businesses and as a no-frills alternative to the Chrysler Pacifica , the Honda Odyssey, and the Toyota Sienna. © Alex Conley 2017 Ford Transit Connect LWB.

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The Transit Connect comes with a standard embedded 4G LTE modem to provide WiFi for up to 10 devices. Sync3 with Ford+Alexa is optional, and there's an available 6.5-inch floating touch screen, digital driver information center, and wireless charging. Ford plans to add Waze compatibility.

The long-wheelbase Transit Connect is built for seven passengers, and Ford claims more interior cargo volume behind the first row compared with the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The short-wheelbase model has seating for five. Both come in XL, XLT, and Titanium trim levels. Towing capacity is 2,000 pounds with the optional trailer towing package. The 2019 Ford Transit Connect goes on sale this fall.

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Test Drive: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited .
The word “van” is a truncated form of the old-ish military term “vanguard”, which was the front line of an advancing military, often cavalry but sometimes nautical. So it’s easy to see how the metaphorical redefinition of the original word “vanguard” came to mean “leading thinkers”. Now, it’s been awhile since minivan producers were accused of being on the vanguard, but that’s changed – at least it’s changed a bit – with Chrysler and the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Maybe we can say they’re on the minivanguard. Sure, minivans are an easy target for the snide (though, seating seven comfortably, this van is hardly mini) but this one ticks off a lot of boxes and has much going for it. Interesting to note: the amount of customer choice isn’t overwhelming – and there’s a lot of thinking out there suggesting that it’s a good thing. Too much choice tends to freeze us. Consider: You’d pass out from trying to recite the titles of all the SUVs out there in one breath, but minivans? Inhale. And go: Mazda5, Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and, umm, Chrysler Pacifica. You’ve still got a couple of Mississippis left before you need to inhale again. The week that I tested the Pacifica Hybrid Limited, I was away for three days and sick for eight. So I didn’t drive it much.

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