The Ford Transit Connect is a panel van (or wagon depending on the configuration) that was first introduced to the North American market in 2009. It is easy to drive and maneuver, but it also has a large cargo carrying capacity despite its relatively modest size. This versatility has made it popular amongst many drivers who may have previously needed a full-sized cargo van.
The Transit Connect's ability to haul so much in a compact vehicle complicates tire choices. Since the tire size that it uses is relatively small, the use of extra load tires is required. Fortunately, there are a few good tire options that are available, such as the Michelin Defender LTX M/S. Nearly all Ford Transit Connects use one of these three sizes:
- 2010-2013 205/65R15 Michelin Defender LTX M/S
- 2014+ 215/55R16 Michelin Defender LTX M/S
- 2014+ Wagon 215/50R17 Michelin Defender LTX M/S
I've written about the Michelin Premier LTX in by blog, "Michelin Premier LTX Joins the Family of Premier Tires." Like its Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season counterpart, the Highway All-Season Defender LTX M/S has a smooth, quiet ride, great wet traction and long wear. It even features a 70,000-mile tread wear warranty. This combination of features make it a perfect choice for the Ford Transit Connect. Compared to the Original Equipment ContiProContact, the Premier LTX is not only quieter, it is a step up in wet traction, snow traction, and tread wear.
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
Sumitomo HTR A/S P02
I consider the Defender LTX M/S to be the best choice for the Ford Transit Connect, but there are other good options as well. For shoppers looking for a more affordable tire option, I suggest the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 as a solid second choice. It has a slightly shorter wear warranty and doesn't quite measure up to the excellent road manners of the Michelin. However, it is still ranked very highly in our survey stats, with high scores for excellent dry traction for stable handling while still maintaining good all-season traction.
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