We know that the Ford Transit van is a model used worldwide since early 1965, some have heard of it under the name “Ford T-series”. Both refer to the van with a large cargo department, suitable for transportation of large items and a variety of other goods. Some models come with passenger seats, widely used for transportation of passengers to longer destinations.

The vehicle has gone through various transformations since 1965 and while the design remains similar to the original vehicle. Truth is, engines have undergone tremendous transformations and improvements over time!

Mileage of all transit vans is a widely discussed topic and businesses around the world are particularly interested in the fuel economy of the different Transit van models so they can better calculate their fuel expenses over time.

While diesel engines are currently among the most efficient in terms of fuel economy, we will take a closer look at the average MPG for Transit vans with petrol engines. This is due to the fact that petrol engines are the most popular type of engines used in the US where the petrol price is lower than in other countries.

According to Ryan Banks, UK-based goods transport & relocation professional, maintenance of petrol engines are also cheaper compared to diesel engines, which are more preferred for man and van business owners in European countries such as the UK.

Ford Transit Miles per Gallon - Average MPG


As mentioned above, average miles per gallon fuel consumption for larger 6-cylinder petrol engines is indeed higher than the MPG of 4-cylinder diesel engines but in some areas around the world, it may be as cost-effective as the diesel engines due to lower petrol prices per gallon.

Factors that affect the average transit van MPG

  • Engine temperature - warm engine consumes less fuel (long distances are preferred).
  • Quick acceleration - vehicles with automatic transmissions run at high RPM when accelerating fast, which greatly increases fuel consumption. Going softer on the gas pedal improves your MPG.
  • Engine oil type - synthetic engine oil create less friction inside the engine, thus reduce the amount of power needed for all parts of the engine to run, resulting in fuel efficiency improvement of up to 12%
  • Engine maintenance - consumables such as air filters, spark plugs, and others may reduce the engine’s performance if not changed after the recommended period of time.
  • Additional strain from worn tires
  • Driving at higher speeds - each engine has optimum speed based on the gear it runs at that provides the optimum engine performance and fuel efficiency. Running at a higher speed than this will result in increased fuel consumption, respectively.

Ford Transit 15 Passenger Van Mpg - 2019 Ford Transit T150 Wagon

This particular Ford Transit van is equipped with a 6-cylinder 3.7-liter petrol engine that provides great power and maintains moderately high speeds with ease even when loaded. Its mpg is pretty good given the size and efficiency of its petrol engine:

  • Average fuel consumption on highway: 18mpg
  • Average fuel consumption in an urban area: 14mpg
  • Combined fuel consumption: 15pmg
  • Average consumption per 100 miles - 6.7 gallons

Ford Transit Van 12 Passenger Mpg - 2020 Ford Transit Passenger 150 Xl

The 12-passenger Ford Transit van uses a little smaller engine with a 3.5-liter size and 6 cylinders. A 10-speed automatic transmission with Ford’s SelectShift technology is utilized.

This is a turbocharged, direct-injection engine with the EcoBoost technology incorporated in it which provides a moderate fuel efficiency:

  • Average fuel consumption in the city: 15mpg;
  • Average miles per gallon on a highway: 19mpg
  • Combined fuel consumption: 17mpg


The difference between MPG parameters for 15-seat and 12-seat Transit vans is minor. It’s almost insignificant based on manufacturer’s statistics for fuel consumption.

Whatever the type of van you drive, what influences the rate of fuel consumption is driving efficiently, maintaining your vehicle properly, and choosing the most adequate engine and gearbox type of the purpose the vehicle will be used.