Ford Transit Connect is now the most popular vehicle for retail customers with limited mobility. The new Transit Connect Wagon is building off that success as an affordable people mover for those with limited mobility seeking a vehicle ready to be upfitted for independent living.
The 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, which went on sale earlier this year with a suggested retail price of $24,525, can be upfitted with a premium seat that lowers for easy access and a lift to accommodate a motorized scooter or chair for an estimated $12,500, according to Gresham Driving Aids, a Michigan-based company that installs upfit equipment. Ultimately, the cost of upfitting a vehicle depends on what technologies are added. Some buyers opt only for the lift, which is approximately $4,000.
The affordability and functionality of the first-generation Transit Connect helped make it a popular choice for customers with mobility needs. It was the No. 1 vehicle in 2012 and 2013 for retail customers seeking reimbursement through the Ford mobility program. The program offers up to $1,000 to customers who need a modified vehicle for accessibility.
Because of Transit Connect Wagon’s commercial vehicle roots, customers can also take advantage of its maximum payload of 1,270 pounds, when properly equipped.
In addition to being affordable, Transit Connect Wagon offers a spacious interior and ample headroom, especially with the long-wheelbase version. This allows for easy installation of a lift for a power scooter or chair. Driver and front passenger door openings are wide enough to accommodate the knees and feet of occupants who need accessible seating. The doors swing open wide enough so installation technicians don’t have to alter the vehicle to accommodate an accessible seat.
For more information about the Ford Mobility Motoring Reimbursement Program, visit www.fordmobilitymotoring.com.