"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."
Pros: "lower price than any cargo van with similer size"
Cons: "No cons sofar"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"With full load and in the city 26.3 MPG. very convenient with 2 sliding doors and back door. Spacious cargo space. Easy to drive in tight areas when delivering. Very low noise for a cargo van. easy to reach anything while standing out side because of the 2 sliding doors and the back door. I love the blue tooth connection to the phone."
"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?"
"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."
"Having always driven an Astro cargo van, i had my eye on the transit connect for some time, but never really liked it. When the NV 200 came out it seemed to be a better fit for me.-We can argue specs on which is a better van but it really is just personal preference and specific application. Biggest selling points for me were MPG, price and the 60/40 rear door-and interior just "felt better".
On the minus side, the sunshades are awkward. they don't extend far enough on the side window and they hang down to much to see through the front window. they don't stay up, had them replaced and the replacements do the same thing.
Another downside is its not fun to drive at high speeds when its windy. it gets a bit squirmy. (when its unloaded at least)
The cargo area being unfinished (no insulation or coverings) can make the van noisy when it rains. (think tin can)
Its an economy van, so power and performance is not going to be one of its strong points-i feel its adequate considering i average 24-25mpg. with lowest mileage recorded at 22.9 and highest at 28.1. Just like any truck, when loaded, there is a decrease in acceleration power and braking distance increases...you just have to drive more carefully. 80% of my driving is little or no load so its fine for my purposes, but if i were to max out the carrying capacity on a regular basis, i may look for a bigger van.
The CVT transmission is a bit different from the standard automatic and may take getting used to.
Yes there are pros and cons from a technical perspective, but again it comes down to personal preference. Its less "sporty" feeling,(remember its a cargo van) but seems a bit smoother not changing gears all the time.
I am neutral on recommending this van. I don't dislike it, but i just recommend if in the market for a cargo van to do your research and get the van that you feel the most comfortable with."
Cons: "Tires are difficult to purchase for replacements."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have a 2013. I noticed that as I got close to 25,000 miles on the tires, I had to change the tires right away. All 4 tires had worn down. The next problem is that there is only 1 tire maker for this van. For me to get the proper size and weight, it took 2 online companies and 2 Nissan dealers to find the right tires. It almost took a month to get the correct ones that could handle the weight load. One dealer was just going to just put on any old tires, the second one did the proper research and ordered the correct ones. Other then that, and windy days of getting bounced around on the highway, I love the van."
"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"
"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."
"I was in the market for a utility vehicle and the compact work van segment caught my eye. I wanted something efficient, easy to drive, inexpensive, and had high cargo capacity. I looked at both the Transit Connect and NV200, ended up getting the NV200 due to it's warranty.
I've driven this vehicle for almost 2 weeks now and have put on 200 miles. I'll update this once I get more miles put on it. Overall I like the vehicle as a tool and nothing more. It gets the job done and it's very versatile. I've owned full sized pickups and vans before and all of those were just too big for me. I haul stuff every once in a while so it's not just for me to buy a giant vehicle that has to sit outside and rarely driven because it's hard to park/drinks alot of gas/doesn't fit my garage. The NV200 is the perfect car for someone who wants cargo capacity without having to give up the perks of owning a compact car.
The only things I wish Nissan would update on this vehicle are:
-bigger wheels. Factory wheels are these skinny 185 tires(smaller than a Prius). Replacement tire options don't exist. You can get other 185 tires but none will have the same load rating as the factory ones. Also the tiny tires probably lead to more effect of highway cross winds and less cornering stability.
-Quality Control. I don't know if maybe this is just my specific vehicle but now I really wish I dished out a bit more for a Transit Connect or Tacoma pickup. Let me say first that even though this is a base model van, at least roll out something that is worth buying. It wasn't until after I started driving and sitting in the vehicle a lot til I noticed how cheaply the NV200 is put together. Ok, it's manufactured, it's only a 20k vehicle, but I've had sub 20k Toyotas with better quality control than this. I previously owned a 2010 Chevy Express that was better than this too, it was also a base model. Many of the weather strips on my NV200 are warped, they don't leak but look ugly. There is factory paint over spray on the dash board. Alot of the gap sealant(stuff that is put over where 2 body panels meet) are poorly put on.
-Seats. They are ok to sit in but I really wish there was more thigh support. I also wished if both driver and passenger seats had center arm rests. Sitting in the passenger seat feels like you're gonna fall off every time the van makes a turn.
-Side mirrors. The mirror isn't adjustable, so you have move to check them. The mirror is ok but the convex mirrors small and almost useless.
-A pillars are thick and get into the way when turning. The front quarter window is useless because their tiny too.
Other than that I have to warn that the engine is weak, and having a CVT doesn't help either. I have issues getting up to highway speeds unless the pedal is down to the ground(trying to stay under 4k rpm since it's a new engine). Nissan doesn't provide a break in period for these vans but it doesn't hurt to drive it lightly for the first 1000 miles. Steering system takes a little time to get used to because it varies by speed. At low speeds it's very loose and easy to steer, but once you get up to speed it's sharp."
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."