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2018 Nissan NV200 Overview

The Nissan NV200 is a light-duty cargo van designed to allow business owners to conduct commercial work without the burden of a larger, thirstier vehicle.

Despite the NV200’s car underpinnings--it’s related to the Nissan Versa--it is seriously capable. The cargo area is 82.8 inches long and 54.8 inches wide, for a maximum of 122.7 cubic feet behind the two seats and a payload of 1,480 pounds. Those last two figures are both higher than those of the Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van, which achieves 103.9 cu. ft. and 1,470 lbs. But the Ram ProMaster City does quite a bit better than the Nissan, at 131.7 cubic feet, and 1,790 lbs. But loading cargo is an easy task with the standard 40/60-split rear doors. The left door is shorter to minimize intrusion into traffic during curbside loading.

The NV200’s 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine delivers 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, and drives just the front wheels via a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT). That’s certainly not an exciting amount of power, but it gets the job done. Nissan does make things a bit easier with a turning radius of just 36.7 inches. Fuel economy is 24 miles per gallon city, 26 highway, and 25 combined.

Nissan continues to offer the NV200 in S and SV trims. S comes standard with power rear windows with auto up/down, a battery-saving feature, and a front 12-volt outlet. For 2018, Nissan tacks on a standard 5.0-inch color display with Bluetooth, AM, FM, XM and hands-free texting. The SV gets power heated side mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, body-colored bumpers, six cargo tie-downs, and a rear 12-volt outlet. A 5.8-inch navigation unit with XM traffic is a standalone upgrade. While the NV200’s cabin isn’t remotely high-tech, and certainly less impressive than the ProMaster City or Transit Connect, it’s hard-wearing and dead-simple to operate.

As far as safety is concerned, the NV200 includes just the basics, with front and curtain airbags, stability control, tire-pressure monitoring, and a reversing camera. Advanced driving aids like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, or even rear parking sensors are not on the options list. It has not been crash-tested by any major agency.

Nissan’s NV200 continues as the small workhorse segment’s utilitarian option. What it lacks in whiz-bang features and exciting styling, it makes up for in simplicity, capability, and reliability. And Nissan backs it with a best-in-class 5-year, 100,000-mile full warranty. For plenty of business owners, that’s a perfect combination.

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