Ford Transit family Van

A few years ago, in a conversation over Thai food with my wife, I glanced into the street at a dented Dodge Caravan with a stick figure family decal on the back window, and said that if I ever wanted to buy a minivan, she had permission to kill me. Now, after favorably driving the Ford Transit Connect Wagon in Detroit, I'm afraid this may be the last article I ever write.

I'm going to let you in on a secret: Detroit gets a tad cold and snowy in the winter, and based on the city having the budget of a six-year old's lemonade stand, a fresh foot of powder on the ground is met with a "why plow when you can do nothing?" attitude. With the massive amount of salt and unplowed real estate, not to mention meteor crater-sized potholes on the roads, It's not exactly a great place for cars in the same way the icy North Atlantic isn't the best place for your unsinkable luxury ship.

Because no one in the car industry has any foresight, the yearly Detroit Auto Show occurs smack in the middle of January. Jalopnik's crack team of writer monkeys needed a car that wouldn't quit, and were too cheap to get a rental car, so the obvious choice was a front-wheel drive, four-cylinder minivan. And no, that line wasn't hyperbole.

This car will knock any SUV in a three-mile radius right into a cocked hat, and here are a few reasons why.

It Looks Better Than Almost Any SUV On The Market

Car companies do this thing every once in a while where they design all of their cars around their best looking, or most prominent model. Nissan did it with their 370Z and GT-R, Chevy did it with their Corvette, and Acura did it with the endangered California Condor. Ford, however, threw their design language away and likely after several rounds of frustrated beer pong, said "Aston Martins are sexy. Let's make that." The Transit's large-mouth front grille, the rakish, swept-back body lines and the attention to the golden ratio in the car's proportions is why this minivan looks all kinds of right.

It looks as aggressive as a Focus ST, which is a pocket supercar in its own way. The only minor gripe I have is that the wheel wells are a bit too small for my liking, but as the Transit uses regular economy car tires to propel its mass instead of huge 75-profile tractor tires on dubs like you'd see on a mid-range SUV, it's an added frugal benefit, rather than a hindrance in the car's design.

The Interior Is Less Fussy Than A BMW X5

The interior is the most important part of any car, unless you're Ralph Lauren and like to sit in your climate-controlled mega-garage and stare at your collection of cars on pedestals and try to remember what driving feels like. The Transit has enough going on that it won't feel dated in a decade's time. Everything has a deliberate flow, and it looks like each angle was sculpted and carefully thought through before finalizing, not like the napkin-drawn, ruler-corrected, first-draft ways of design in the '80s and early '90s. Compared to BMW's more expensive X5 interior, the materials may look a bit cheaper (and they are), but the Transit is simply easier to manage and much less imposing and cumbersome than the elegant-yet-cluttered mess that is BMW's interior styling.

The Transit Connect Wagon's perforated leather isn't a rock-hard nightmare like the base-spec leatherette in BMW's mid-range X5 truck, and looks more like the textured cowhide that comes on mid-range Mercedes-Benz E-Classes of late. It makes the Transit truly a nice place to be.

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