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2013 Nissan NV200

Overview
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2013 Nissan NV200 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.4

The third and smallest member of Nissan's commercial vehicle lineup, the entirely-new NV200 cargo van is poised and ready to mix it up with Ford's segment-dominating Transit Connect. Offering the lowest price point and highest combined fuel economy rating in the category, the 2013 Nissan NV200 is positioned as a value-intensive competitor to both light-duty and full-size work vans. On the job, the NV200's generous interior height, tall rear French doors and low load floor make it easy to access all your work-related items, while svelte exterior proportions coupled with a tidy turning radius afford car-like agility around town. Small business owners now have another choice in the compact cargo van market, and it's a good one.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2013 Nissan NV200 offers the flexibility and versatility most businesses need to get the job done right. Plus, the NV200's enticing sticker price and low operating costs will save you some green along the way.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The NV200 doesn't offer much in the way of specialized workplace solutions, meaning businesses whose needs call for high-tech options like an in-dash computer, Internet access and fleet telematics (keeps tabs on vehicle location, idle time and speed) should consider the Ford Transit Connect.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 NV200 is an all-new nameplate in the U.S. market, and will compete directly against the Ram C/V Tradesman and Ford Transit Connect.

Driving the NV200

Driving Impressions Thanks to its car-like unibody construction and compliant suspension, the 2013 NV200 drives more like a crossover SUV than a cargo van. In quick transitions, the...

NV remains well-planted despite its top-heavy nature, and the electric-assisted steering is cooperative and precise. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) dish up impressive fuel economy numbers. In fact, our test vehicle returned 27.1 mpg on the highway at an average speed of 64 mph. There's generally enough passing power on the highway, though off-the-line acceleration is a bit sluggish while carrying loads in excess of 600 pounds. When it comes to maneuverability, the NV200 feels unexpectedly nimble on congested city streets on account of its impressive 36.7-foot turning circle (better than a Honda Accord). And, given its size and shape, the Nissan NV can slot into parking spots that virtually every full-size van would have to pass up. Helping matters even more is the NV's outstanding forward visibility.

INTEGRATED CARGO MOUNTING POINTS
Upfitters, rejoice. Every 2013 NV200 comes with 20 reinforced mounting points for installing racks, partitions, or whatever structure you need to create a personalized mobile workstation without drilling into the van.

FOLDABLE PASSENGER SEAT
The passenger seat in the NV200 folds down to serve as a work desk or to accommodate hauling longer items.

2013 Nissan NV200 Details
2013 Nissan NV200 photo Interior

The NV200's interior is built for functionality, not fashion. Interior functions are about as straightforward as first grade arithmetic, although the audio system controls can be a bit difficult to reach while driving.

Nifty storage options abound, including a clipboard holder in the upper dash, a small drawer beneath the passenger seat, and a center console equipped to handle a laptop and hanging file folders. In terms of cargo capacity, the NV200 offers a palatable 122.7 cubic feet of space, with a maximum payload of 1,500 pounds. The Ford Transit Connect offers 129.6 cubic feet of cargo room and a 1,600-pound payload, while the V6-powered Ram C/V Tradesman ups those numbers to 155.5 and 1,800, respectively.

Exterior
2013 Nissan NV200 photo

Given the target market, the NV200's styling – or lack thereof – shouldn't be a cause for concern. Accessibility comes in the form of minivan-like dual sliding side doors and 60/40 split rear French doors that open 180 degrees. At just over 21 inches, the cargo load floor is about two inches lower than that of the Transit Connect, and undercuts the Ram C/V Tradesman by over three inches. Unlike the Transit Connect, however, the NV200 does not offer pre-cut templates for custom graphics or a choice of wheelbase lengths.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Nissan NV200 is available in two trim levels: S and SV. Base "S" models include air conditioning, a cargo bay floor protector, 15-inch steel wheels, manually-adjustable front seats with vinyl wear patches to guard against excessive wear on the upholstery, and a 2-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input for portable music players. Stepping up to the SV model lands you cruise control, remote keyless entry, and two 12V DC power outlets. Safety equipment on all NV200s consists of traction and stability control, six airbags, and a slide-away brake pedal assembly that moves the brake pedal away from the driver in certain frontal impacts to help reduce lower leg injuries.

Optional Equipment

For reasons of safety, we strongly recommend opting for the Rear Door Glass Package. If your tastes run more towards in-vehicle connectivity, the $950 Technology Package includes a navigation system with a 5.8-inch display, Bluetooth, a backup camera, Pandora radio compatibility, and Google Send to Car, which lets you transfer an address or business listing to the vehicle from virtually anywhere. Value seekers in need a backup camera at a cut-rate price should look to the aftermarket, for it offers an array of wireless cameras for about $100. Finally, an Exterior Appearance Package is also available for SV grades, which adds wheel covers and body-color bumpers, mirrors, and door handles.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Nissan NV200 makes do with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. A gearless continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends that power to the front wheels. This thrifty powertrain combination nets the NV200 a 24 mpg combined rating from the EPA, besting both the Transit Connect and Ram C/V Tradesman. As is the case with its competitors, the 2013 Nissan NV200 runs on regular unleaded gasoline.

2.0-liter inline-4
131 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
139 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/25 mpg

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2013 Nissan NV200 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.3
Out of 10

Based on 7 Ratings for the 2013 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.3/10
  • Reliability
    7.5/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.7/10

Piece of junk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By on Saturday, August 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Gas mileage is good"

Cons: "JUNK!!!!!!!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Things you should know about the Nissan NV200 before buying one! I have owned this van for about 13 months & have 25,000 miles on it. The suspension bottoms out so easily I have bent all 4 rims @ almost $200.0 each (for plain black rims) & lost all 4 wheel covers. Nissan knows they have a problem because the new VN200 don’t come with full wheel covers any more. I had to replace 2 tires at 18,000 miles because of cupping. Discount Tire said the only reason the tires will cup is because of bad suspension. Nissan said I need to rotate my tires every oil change. The only place you can get the tires is the dealer @ $214.00 each for cheap Continental Tires. At 25,000 I had to replace the other 2 tires because they just worn out. I got 75,000 miles out of the tires on my E150 van. Other problems are the side window is slopped so bad that your arm slides down, sun visor doesn’t cover the top 4 inches of the side window, back up camera only sees the bumper, voice control is very bad, cup holders are too deep, radio changes channels by itself, ABS light & Back door comes on sometimes & gas tank is too small. The blind spot mirror is a joke. This van is the biggest piece of junk man has ever made! I highly recommend you look elsewhere for a good van"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A little disappointing

By on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Started to get a lot of noise from rear end and noticed some very uneven wear on the rear tires. Took is to dealer at 19,000 miles and they wanted $1200 to replace all tires and rear wheels while still under warranty at just 6 months old! I know there's a ding on the one rear wheel but in all my life I have never seen tires wear like this due to alignment or wheel damage. I read someone else had the same problem with this vehicle and was told it was due to the suspension. They also told me my rear brakes were nearly out too?"

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Love it.

By on Saturday, May 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,888

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, easy to get into and out."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Enjoy the ride. I like vans, have driven a Dodge (full size 250k miles) , a Ford (full size 185k miles), a Dodge Caraven (285k miles). Last had a Chev Cobalt (totaled it). The NV200 gives a good view except for R&L rear. I might add windows or mirrors. Have never carried a full load. Drove from Ala to San Diego. Was surprised at the good mileage. On the miles long bridge on I-10 just west of Baton Rouge, I got 34MPG at 55MPH and 32MPHG at 65MPH. Kept a log on the return trip. Seldom got less than 32MPH. This was with no load."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great small cargo van for business

By on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "excellent value overall"

Cons: "Factory speakers,no tilt wheel,better cargo lights"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2013 Nissan NV200 SV

"Excellent gas mileage,25 mpg mixed-32 hwy. CVT transmission smooth,good power with appx 1000 additional pounds in it including myself.Well thought out interior for business use. Nav/bluetooth/camera nice additions. Adrian Cargo system integrates perfect with vehicle. Firm but comfortable seat for long days.Great view of road. Upgraded to 205/55/16 rim and tire for a significant improvement to handling and ride."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2013 Nissan NV200 SV

Perfect work truck

By on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Almost everything"

Cons: "Interior has a little too much plastic."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this truck for almost a year and I love it. Great gas mileage,very comfortable to drive(even on long trips)and cargo space a plenty. Tech package option is great,Bluetooth, Nav, Sat radio, and back up cam all work like a charm. If I had to find one con it would be the interior has a little too much plastic, but it is a work truck."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The biggest junk man ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage is the only thing."

Cons: "Gas tank is too small. Cup holders are too deep."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The list is endless. The suspension is SO bad. I have lost 3 hub caps & bent 3 rims. It bottoms out way too easily. My load is about 1,500 lbs. under what they rate it for. After 17,000 miles my tires are cupping & need to be replace @ over $200.00 per tire. The dealer said it was because of tires not being rotated but Discount Tire & other tire companies say the suspension is the problem. My last van I got 70,000 miles out of tires. The back up camera is a joke. Can't see much but the rear bumper & I was told that is the way it is."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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