After decades of stagnation, the full-size work van segment has seen a significant influx of fresh models in recent years, including the Nissan NV. A durable, fully modern offering, the NV offers a spacious, versatile interior in addition to an attractive variety of powertrains, roof heights and technology options.
The NV is also offered as a passenger van with space for up to 12.
For the latest model year, the NV receives an updated navigation system and connectivity suite in addition to a new "SL" trim level.
The NV is available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models that are identical in length but differentiated by options and payload capacity.
The 1500 can be had only with a standard roof and has a max payload of 2590 lbs. The 2500 can be had with a standard roof or an optional high roof that raises total height by 31.1 inches (enough room to allow for walking in the cargo area of the van) and interior volume from 234.1 cubic feet to 323.1, while payload capacity ranges as high as 3141 lbs. Finally, the 3500 is available with a standard- or high-roof and is capable of a maximum 3925 lb. payload.
The NV's two engine choices are sourced from Nissan's Frontier and Titan pickups. The base engine, offered on 1500 and 2500 models, is a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Optional on the 1500 and 2500 but standard on the 3500 is a 5.6-liter V8 packing 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a five-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels, and max towing is 7500 lbs. with an available trailer towing package.
Inside, the van offers a comfortable and spacious passenger compartment because it eschews the setback engine placement (which intrudes into interior space) used in Ford and Chevy vans for a conventional out-front engine design.
The NV is loaded with storage pockets and compartments, including an under seat drawer designed to fit small tools. High roof models can be had with an overhead console designed to hold work gloves, legal size binders, safety glasses and system books, while an optional lockable and removable center console can fit a laptop and includes a computer or mobile phone charging point.
Connectivity and tech features are an area of strength for the NV - an updated optional navigation system boasts a 5.8-inch touchscreen with voice commands and Nissan Mobile Apps, which provides access to Facebook, Stitcher radio, Pandora radio and more. Streaming audio via Bluetooth is also part of the package, as are a hands-free text messaging assistant, Sirius XM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link.
Trim Level Breakdown
Being a work truck, the NV is not exactly filled to the brim with features. The base "S" trim level features a two-speaker stereo system, four-way adjustable manual cloth seats, power window and locks, and not much else.
Stepping up to the "SV" nets a four-speaker stereo, a remote keyless entry system and a rear sonar system.
The new "SL" brings chrome bumpers, grille, door handles and mirror caps, chrome clad wheels, an eight-way power driver's seat, an alarm system and 1st row side and side-curtain airbags.
An optional technology package includes a new navigation system with a 5.8-inch touchscreen and voice recognition, Mobile Apps, Bluetooth integration, SirusXM satellite radio, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, hands-free text messaging assistant, a USB port for MP3 players and a RearView camera system.
Safety features include dual front airbags, stability and traction control systems, ABS and a tire pressure monitoring system. Dual side and side curtain airbags are optional.
The new-to-the-segment Nissan NV is taking on sales leaders such as the Ford E-Series and the Chevrolet Express / GMC Savanna Cargo work vans in the fleet side of the van market.