The Ford Transit Connect Fails the Stability Test in Heavy Wind

January 24th, 2017 by

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van

There are plenty of drivers and business owners out there who need a van but don’t require the kind of robust numbers provided buy a more expensive full-size utility van. For these kinds of operations, many have turned to the Ford Transit Connect. Upon first glance it can seem like this medium-sized van can seem like it’s a solid option, but a closer inspection reveals its shortcomings.

Ford Transit Connect Review Reveals Shortcomings

According to a review from AutoGuide.com, the Ford Transit connect comes up short—particularly when it comes to handling crosswind resistance:

“Aside from a shovel-full of sand in its crankcase, strong crosswinds are the Transit’s worst enemy, which I experienced plenty of on the back roads of Ohio. They pushed this Ford around like a sandwich wrapper in a hurricane, making it challenging to remain centered in the lane. This should come as no surprise since the vehicle is as tall and broad as a noise-abatement barrier and nearly as heavy.”

The Sprinter: A More Versatile Alternative

If the Ford Transit Connect fails in the important area of handling due to crosswind resistance, what’s a better option? The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van offers similar levels of utility to the Ford Transit Connect, but it also delivers superior handling. That’s because, unlike the Ford Transit Connect, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van is offered with four-wheel drive, as well as a state-of-the-art Crosswind Assist feature.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Crosswind Assist

Offered on model years 2015 and later of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, Crosswind Assist is an advanced system that utilizes a yaw sensors to detect lateral wind forces at over 50 mph. When high winds are measured, the system engages a counter steer features that engages the brakes with the help of the Electronic Stability Control (ESP) system in order to counteract the force of the wind.

Test Drive the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van at Vin Devers

When you’re looking for a utility van that instills confidence—both around town and out on the open highway at high speeds—count on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van. Find it on sale right now at Vin Devers Autohaus of Sylvania, serving all your utility driving needs at 5570 Monroe St. in Sylvania, OH. Contact us for more information at any time.

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