Thank you John for going into detail on the rear seating. I have been waiting to do exactly what you did -- test the full-scale model, and compare it with my old E-350 Club Wagon, on which I left the first bench seat behind the driver, and removed the back bench seat for tool chests and room for lumber, bulky items, etc.. Like a Crew Van with windows all around . . .PS:
My VW Vanagon, my VW Eurovan, (and my current GMC Safari van) all had much more comfortable seating for real passengers. Why did Ford make this much larger van and turnit into a sardine can for passengers?
I use a lot of airport and hotel shuttle services and in most cases, whether wagon or cutaway, the driver seems to move from driver's seat to passenger area more often than average owners. They help with luggage or hand out parking location stubs, etc....My guess is that Ford is targeting shuttle service providers with its wagon. I would think luxury seating is not a requirement for most shuttle operators. Rather, it would be moving a lot of people efficiently and safely.
I'm not talking about this thread.To the extent that comments on the poor seating undermine the ebullient cheerleader-ish review, they seem on-topic to these eyes, for what it's worth . . .