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What's New for NV200 in 2014

The 2014 Nissan NV200 is now available as a cargo van known as the NV200 Compact Cargo. Passenger and taxi variants remain unchanged...
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Overview

The NV200 is Nissan’s compact commercial vehicle, slotting below the larger NV1500/2500/3500 Series. It is available in passenger and cargo configurations, as well as a modified version for use as a taxi.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 NV200 is powered by 2.0-liter I-4 producing 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and is only available with front-wheel drive. Passenger variants like the taxi model can seat four adults plus their luggage while cargo models offer 122.7 cubic feet of space. Fuel economy ratings for the NV200 are at 24/25 mpg city/highway, or less efficient than competitors like the Ford Transit Connect. A functional cabin is one of the 2014 NV200’s strengths since it has “many large storage spaces for clipboards, tablets, and binders.” The utilitarian interior makes the van ideal as a delivery vehicle that can maneuver through urban environments with ease. Additionally, the generous 122.7 cubic feet of space means its size doesn’t compromise its cargo carry capabilities.

Taxi versions of the NV200 come with generous equipment and a high seating position, allowing for easy entry/exit for drivers. However, the cabin build quality is lackluster due to the use of hard plastic, and “seats trimmed in durable but banal cloth and vinyl blend.” Furthermore, its powertrain is strained at higher speeds particularly during merging and passing maneuvers.

The 2014 Nissan NV200 has not been crash tested by the IIHS or the NHTSA.

What We Think

The 2014 Nissan NV200 is an ideal cargo and passenger van in urban areas where space is an issue. It has generous space for cargo and passengers for a compact van, making it a practical choice for business in large cities. Additionally, its $20,985 starting price means it represents a decent value against competing compact commercial vehicles.

You’ll Like

  • Maneuverability
  • Generous cargo space
  • Utilitarian cabin

You Won’t Like

  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Low-quality plastic in the interior
  • Engine is strained in highway maneuvers

Key Competitors

  • Ford Transit Connect
  • Ram Cargo Tradesman

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2014 NV200 Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Interior

  • Cup Holders

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Traction Control

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc Player
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