Before a vehicle hits the road, it undergoes a battery of tests to ensure it will perform optimally under a variety of conditions.
Between safety testing, emission testing, user experience testing, track testing, and electronics testing, almost all variables of a vehicle are measured and ranked.
However, in an unfortunate oversight, very few car manufacturers surf test their vehicles to ensure they will perform well under favorable swell conditions. Therefore, we decided that it was essential that we surf test the 2015 Ford Transit Connect Van as soon as possible after we purchased it.
The van exceeded expectations in every category:
- Longest board that can fit inside the van: We were able to fit both our 9’6 and 10′ longboard soft-tops inside the van at the same time by positioning them between the front seats.
- Maximum number of boards that can fit inside the van: So far we have comfortably been able to fit 4 boards inside the van – but it is clear that it could hold quite a few more.
- Removing sand from interior of van: Very easy! The cargo space just requires a little sweep to clean every thing up.
- Parking at surf spot: Van is small enough and easy enough to maneuver to pull up close to the surf spots we have explored so far.