By Automobile Magazine
New for 2014
All 2014 Nissan NV vans with V-8s gain a standard towing package. Passenger variants add supplemental airbags for improved rollover and side-impact protection, and standard head restraints and integrated seatbelts for all rear seating positions.
The Nissan NV1500, NV2500, and NV3500 are commercial vehicles sold in passenger and cargo configurations with the latter available in standard or high roof variants.
For 2014, the Nissan NV cargo and passenger vans are available with two engines a 4.0-liter V-6 producing 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque and a 5.6-liter V-8 making 317 hp and 285 lb-ft paired to a five-speed automatic transmission and is only available with rear-wheel drive. Even though it is based on the underpinnings as the full-size Nissan Titan, the NV series is distinguished with its low load floor and better stability on the road.
Passenger versions are available with a flexible seating capacity of up to 12 persons in the NV3500 while cargo variants offer 234.1 cubic feet of space for standard roof models while high roof vans have a capacity of 323.1 cubic feet. Maximum payload ranges from 2682 to 3184 pounds on V-6 cargo vans while those equipped with the V-8 are rated between 2948 to 4022 pounds. Premium features such as heated passenger seats, leather upholstery, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and eight-way power driver’s seat are available for passenger variants.
The Nissan NV1500 has not been tested by the IIHS or the NHTSA.
What We Think
The full-size Nissan NV series is a great value in the commercial vehicles segments with a starting price (including destination) of $25, 570. Additionally, the availability of three different sizes for cargo variants means that businesses can find the right model for their needs. In a 2011 First Drive review, we noted that the V-8 engine is superior for “hauling hefty loads” and to cope with the extra weight of the high roof model because of its extra power and ability to “tow nearly 9,500 pounds.” The availability of premium features on the passenger variant such as navigation and satellite radio means give the vans a more upscale feel. Additionally, cargo models with convenience features such as a step bumper and rear doors that open to 243 degrees, improving its usability.
- Three different sizes of cargo vans
- Refined cabin on passenger models
- Great value
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- Underpowered V-6
- High roof only available in cargo variants
- Rear-wheel drive only
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