KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 3/4/2014
The 2014 Nissan NV200 may be the smallest member of Nissan's expanding commercial lineup, but it's big on versatility, utility and capability. Pitted against the Ford Transit Connect, the little NV200 stacks up well in the areas of cargo room, drivability and upgrades. The NV200 is priced lower than the Transit Connect, and it gets better fuel economy, at least in town. And, while it can't compete with a full-size van, the NV200 can swallow far more than a compact crossover SUV. A tall roof, squared-edged cargo openings and low floor allow easy loading, while the roomy cockpit is loaded with clever features for storing workplace items, and even features a fold-flat passenger seat that can double as a desk.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're using a small pickup or converted minivan to shuttle your goods to and fro, the 2014 Nissan NV200 compact cargo van offers a better, safer and dryer way to do it. Its small size, configurable cargo area and fuel-efficient engine make it ideal for big city delivery services.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The NV200 isn't as high-tech as some larger competitors, lacking workplace solutions such as an in-dash computer, a Wi-Fi hub or fleet telematics. Additionally, the new Ford Transit Connect offers much better highway fuel economy and a slightly larger cargo bay.
What's New for 2014
There are no major changes to the 2014 Nissan NV200 compact cargo van.
Because it employs the same unibody construction as Nissan's small cars, the NV200 rides and drives very much like a compact SUV rather than a top-heavy van. Aided by its electric-assisted power steering, the NV200's extremely tight 36.7-foot turning radius allows it to execute U-turns in the narrowest of confines. The NV200's tall, narrow body allows it to fit into parking spots overlooked by larger vans, and the huge windshield provides excellent forward visibility. We found the ride taut and the handling quite nimble. Nissan's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is no powerhouse, but the CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) makes the most of the little engine's 131 horsepower, allowing it to scoot through intersections and merge with traffic without drama. Load the NV200 with cargo, however, and acceleration becomes noticeably sluggish. Nissan claims and the EPA estimated 25 mpg on the highway, but we saw figures closer to 27.1 mpg while averaging close to 65 mph.
INTEGRATED CARGO MOUNTING POINTS
Nissan makes it easy to install shelving, racks or partitions thanks to the numerous (20 in all) reinforced mounting points strategically placed throughout the NV200's cargo area. No need to drill or weld parts into place, just get some sheet-metal screws and a Phillips-head screwdriver and you're in business.
60/40 SPLIT REAR CARGO DOORS
The 60/40-split rear doors are more useful than a 50/50 setup. When open, the design provides a larger opening curbside while creating a smaller driver's side door less likely to get dinged by passing traffic.
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