2017 Ford Transit 350: 6 Likes

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We recently had the chance to drive a 2017 Ford Transit 350 high-roof full-size one-ton van around Los Angeles and even found a way to put it good use. One of our daughters was moving from a rental to a townhouse, and the Transit 350 was the perfect choice to help her move her stuff.

The Race Red cargo van came equipped with the Preferred Equipment 101A Package and a charcoal interior, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost ($1,865) and 3.73:1 axle gears ($325). The van also had the Interior Upgrade Package ($1,495), Sync 3 and navigation ($1,270), a power running board ($940) and several other options. The total was just more than $45,000, which included almost $9,000 in options and a $1,195 destination fee.

Capability

Among the van's most impressive features: a 9,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating and a calculated payload capacity of just more than 4,000 pounds. That means that a vehicle that weighs about the same as a mid-size crew-cab pickup can carry as much as a one-ton dually pickup weighing thousands of pounds less.

We never got close to the van's maximum weight capacity during our two fully loaded trips from the old to the new residence. Our first trip included two living room couches, several dining room chairs, patio furniture and a surprisingly heavy queen-size box spring and bed frame, not to mention all the rugs and kitchen appliances we could squeeze in between the bigger furniture pieces.

SelectShift Transmission

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It was nice to have the six-speed SelectShift on the dashboard; while navigating some steep hills with the van fully loaded, we put it in Tow-Haul mode to keep the powerband higher and grade-braking more aggressive. Our second fully loaded trip — how does a single 20-something accumulate so much stuff? — was an assortment of shoes, clothes, bookshelves, kitchen utensils, upright light stands and fans, bathroom stuff, and boxes and boxes of knickknacks.

Although we didn't keep meticulous notes on our fuel economy, we achieved 16.1 mpg when averaging the fully loaded runs with our empty round trip of just more than 320 miles. Additionally, with the EcoBoost engine, there is some definite snap to the throttle response so be prepared, especially when driving around empty. 

Along the way, we found there were six things that we really liked about using the van for long-trip transport and hauling.

6 Things We Like

 

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1. The foundation of the Transit van is like a heavy-duty unibody chassis, using some strong leaf springs. The result is tons of carrying capacity with a lower center of gravity. Combine that with 400 pounds-feet of torque and 310 horsepower from the V-6, and you have a strong, efficient work vehicle.

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2. We love that the Transit 350 comes standard with a full-size 4-ton bottle jack under the passenger seat and a set of tools in a hidden compartment in the footwell. We know it's a just-in-case thing, but we like that it's strong enough to hoist the vehicle when fully loaded. Why don't all pickup trucks have this?

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3. We found nine separate tie-down points, with plenty more to be had on the seats and in the wall and roof. The D-rings are strong enough to hold pallets of bricks or bags of concrete with strong ratcheting straps. We even strapped a larger TV to the floor.

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4. Although this is not likely to be ordered by a typical commercial fleet buyer, we found the power running board to be a huge asset when loading and unloading cargo. It creates an additional platform step, but it will save your back and other muscles by not having to lift and reach into the van so much.

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5. Our test van came with the Trailer Tow Package ($485), which gave us a factory Class III hitch and all the proper wiring. We also had the extra integrated brake controller ($230), the bigger power and heated side-view mirrors ($220), and the backup alarm ($125).

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6. The rear doors have a separate latch to allow them to swing all the way open (270 degrees) to accommodate large items or tough angles. The detachable door-hinge mechanism is simple and convenient to use, and it saved our bacon a few times when we had to wedge the van into tight parking spaces and then get some big couches and mattresses into the rear cargo area.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

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Comments

Strong vehicle, weak driveshaft. Typical ford junk.

Strong vehicle, weak driveshaft. Typical ford junk.

@gms, sorry Gm doesnt have anything to put up against Ford.

sorry Gm doesnt have anything to put up against Ford. Posted by: Nitro | Aug 25, 2017

@Nitro

Unless you count the hard-cold fact that GM sells more trucks every year

sorry Gm doesnt have anything to put up against Ford. Posted by: Nitro | Aug 25, 2017

@Nitro

Unless you count the hard-cold fact that GM sells more trucks every year

@papajim

like you GM guys always say, just like McDonalds they sell the most burgers, doesn't say there the best

@gms, sorry Gm doesnt have anything to put up against Ford.

Posted by: Nitro | Aug 25, 2017 9:25:50 AM

There is a dislikes list on this product next. One of the complaints is having to walk home.

Gm does not sell more trucks, either, thats been proven.....but pap already knows that, sorry you gm guys have to keep defending.

Gm does not sell more trucks, either, thats been proven.....

Posted by: Nitro | Aug 25, 2017 11:17:50 AM

Really. Can you provide some current data to support your comment.

we have two at work and they are great!

A few things with these vans: When you tow you lose (big) weight capacity immediately when you put a trailer on the ball. So either you pull or you haul..pick one..you don't get both! When the Transit van goes into the lemon zone they get incredibly expensive with brakes, diesel emissions issues and trannies.

@GMs, yes Ford F serie sells more full size trucks than Gm's combined sales of silverado and sierra.

@GMs, yes Ford F serie sells more full size trucks than Gm's combined sales of silverado and sierra.

Posted by: Nitro | Aug 25, 2017 1:10:22 PM

You are only accounting for full size trucks. GM sells mid size "trucks" also. Sorry you have to continually defend Fords poor competitiveness on account they don't offer more choice to the consumer.

You are only accounting for full size trucks. GM sells mid size "trucks" also. Sorry you have to continually defend Fords poor competitiveness on account they don't offer more choice to the consumer.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Aug 25, 2017 1:23:56 PM

The Cherry Picking TOOL is BACK!

fvck@ttah3re


Ford sued over 'inferior design' of lug nuts, lol

http://www.autonews.com/article/20170825/OEM01/170829821/ford-sued-over-inferior-design-of-lug-nuts

Ford sucks!

According to this,
http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2017/08/commercial-van-sales-in-america-july.html

Ford sells more Transits than the GM twins.

I would like to see this thing with 4000 lbs in it!
I'm not saying that it can't carry it...just doesn't seem safe to me. if you have that amount of weight with a high center of gravity I would think this thing would be all over the road not including the wind factor. I know it's lower to the ground than a truck but that frame / suspension (tires) is questionable for that type of weight. Just my 2cents.

Not selling well here in Australia. Renault Master is the king of the European sourced light delivery vehicles.
@Mark Williams 4000lb is par for the course. These tend to average 4500lb payloads

The Cherry Picking TOOL is BACK!

Posted by: Frank | Aug 25, 2017 1:27:17 PM

Well, I wouldn't have called Nitro names like that. I simply identified where he had not included the mid size GM in his comments. I understand how he would do that considering FORD doesn't have anything to put up against the GM mid size twins.

Well, I wouldn't have called Nitro names like that. I simply identified where he had not included the mid size GM in his comments. I understand how he would do that considering FORD doesn't have anything to put up against the GM mid size twins.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Aug 25, 2017 4:19:03 PM

This is why you're a cherry picking f00l, keep it apples to apples, make the comparison when Ford has the Ranger on Sale, you sound really ignorant right now.

make the comparison when Ford has the Ranger on Sale, you sound really ignorant right now. Posted by: Frank | Aug 25, 2017 4:49:46 PM.

@Frank

Who has that long to wait. It's been 5 years since Ford dropped the Ranger. It was their call to make and they let you down.

Don't worry though, in a few more years you'll be able to buy a new Ranger and get that job you've been dreaming of down at the pizza palace.

Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.

Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.

Wow some class A junk! Way to go Ford.

@: What the heck, Ford is known for making claims it simply cant back up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXmbltLogms

Ford sucks!

Is PickupTrucks.com going to do a test of the Chevrolet Express with the 2.8 L diesel next?

Why not aluminum?

Fords history of deadly vehicles and its cover ups, https://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/11-of-historys-most-infamous-automotive-scandals.html/?a=viewall

The Transit sure doesn't LOOK like a pickup truck...

It would be nice to have an article without all the standard irrelevant trash from the standard crew that doesn't care about anything other than talking trash.

I also don't like those tiny tie downs they looks to be about M8 screws with D rings. These are nice for light loads but 4000 lbs will rip all those out like nothing if you have to slam on the brakes.

I can't imagine carrying anywhere near 4000lbs with that spindly looking wheel/tire combo.

GM never comes out with anything new nice ride ford

Another Ford puff piece. 6 things you like? How about 6 things you shouldn't like:

1. Tiny little tires that, under a heavy load, will toss you around on anything other than the most flawless pavement.

2. Too lightweight. You need a heavy vehicle to haul heavy loads. Unloaded it will wobble around like a canoe with a mast and sail during a windstorm.

3. The price. $45 grand for a eurovan? The base price is too high for a bloated minivan with mismatched suspension and you are getting reamed on the options, but that is the M.O. for Ford, which the motto should be "Profit is Job #1". No thanks, I'll take an Express 3500 for at least ten grand less if not more.

4. Performance. Really? 16 MPG for averaging empty loads with the arduous task of hauling a college student's trash around on the highway and you undoubtedly babying the gas pedal to make it look better on paper? Disgracefully pathetic for all the hype of the ecoboost. I get better gas mileage hauling full loads of lumber around town in stop and go traffic in my ten year old truck.

5. It's butt-ugly.

6. No diesel option.

7. No 4x4 option.

8. No manual option.

9. No heated massaging seats.

Ok, that was more than 6 and the last 5 were speculative personal gripes but that's the same kind of complaints you guys make about non-Ford trucks all the time and deduct random points in your fake tests. Hold them to the same standard. That and you gave credit for inconsequential things like tie down rings and a bottle jack, split into two separate categories to make the transit 350 sound better, so I did the same to point out flaws. In my case I actually pointed out real flaws. This design sucks, there's a reason why real work is done in traditional full size vans and cutaways.

BD what are you talking about? The Transit does have a diesel option. A 3.2L I-5 "Power Stroke" diesel. There is also a cutaway version!

Anyway, I think the rest of the van is due for an upgrade. AWD option would be nice. They should shift to the 3.0 V6 diesel. Add the 10 speed transmission. 2nd gen EcoBoost V6. Overhaul the interior. Make a luxury version.

Well I guess it does. My point still stands that this thing sucks on every other category: price, design, and performance. To be punitive like Pickuptrucks.com does with every other non-Ford they test, it also sucks in the features department to keep it consistent in their testing and review.

In reality the only people who want these things are hipsters who haul around empty boxes on flat urban streets and get their feelings hurt when they can't stand up straight in a van. That or brand loyalists who settle for garbage as long as it has a blue oval on it.

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1-they're 245/75R16s. Same as base tires on every full size truck used to be.
2- that doesn't even make sense
3-base price is almost identical to the GM. This one was just slammed out with options.
4. Your delusional if you think any full size gets more than 16most, loaded, in the city.
5. Its a van
6. Yes r here is
7. I'll give you that one.
8. 'Cause Noone would buy it in America.
9. Would you like a purse holder and nail polish dryer, too?

AT LEAST FORD COMES OUT WITH THEIR OWN VAN LINES NOT LIKE GARBAGE MOTORS REBAGEING FROM SOBODY ELSE'S IDEAS.


https://youtu.be/CEG4y2zxack

https://youtu.be/7lS0sF9Spwo

THAT'S WHY GARBAGE MOTORS IS PURE JUNK BECAUSE THEY SUCK.

Hahahahahahahahahahajahaha.

https://youtu.be/o6TohBSjUfk

Pure junk.

SORRY EVERYONE, FORGOT MY MEDICATION AGAIN.
WE ALL KNOW FORD ONLY MAKES GARBAGE.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

@Knowitall

This isn't a half ton vehicle. It's rated to haul 4000lbs, aka 1 Ton. Ford's least expensive F350 comes with 245/75R 17.

@Knowitall

This isn't a half ton vehicle. It's rated to haul 4000lbs, aka 1 Ton. Ford's least expensive F350 comes with 245/75R 17.


Posted by: Ken

But a van like this can put a lot of cargo weght on the front tires whereas a pickup has to put almost all of its cargo weight on the rear tires. The weight distribution lets you carry more weight with less vehicle.

@ Mr Knowitall
4. Your delusional if you think any full size gets more than 16most, loaded, in the city.

But this thing may have had about an average of 500/600 lbs of cargo while loaded. They were just moving household item's. So I think that's pretty crappy Mialege. Imagine 4000 lbs.

@Walt

Good point. I had to check. Looks like the Ford transit requires dual wheels for max payload capacity.

http://focus2move.com/world-best-selling-pick-up/

worldwide truck sales. yup only through may, but the ranger outsells the Colorado and not even in the us market. Ford rules truck sales

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH LOL. TO ALL FORD HATERS! THEY ARE HATING ON THIS CHINGON BECAUSE I KNOW IM HURTING THEM WITH MY POSTS. WHY? BECAUSE GARBAGE MOTORS BUILDS JUNK. TO ALL GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLYS HOW IS YOUR BUTT🕳 IS IT STILL HURTING? WELL NEXT TIME IT'S GONNA BE WORSE. BE PREPARED GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLYS TO CRY LIKE NEVER BEFORE. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. LATERS HATERS. FORD FOR LIFE PUTOS.

http://focus2move.com/world-best-selling-pick-up/

worldwide truck sales. yup only through may, but the ranger outsells the Colorado and not even in the us market. Ford rules truck sales

Posted by: Chris | Aug 26, 2017 7:49:46 PM

That's a pretty funky article. It states model of truck yet combines 2 models of Ford's F-series and compares it to only one model of the GM Silverado. Why not combine all of the Ford truck sales to all of the GM truck sales.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH LOL.
I HAVE A SORE BUTTHOLE.



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