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2014 Nissan NV2500 HD Cargo

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2014 Nissan NV2500 HD Cargo Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

The 2014 Nissan NV is a full-size van available in cargo or passenger form. The NV is part of a new generation of full-size vans that are replacing or taking market share from stalwarts such as the Ford E-Series and GM's Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana twins. Like the new Ram Promaster and Ford Transit, the Nissan NV touts better efficiency and more contemporary – if not dazzling – design. Cargo versions of the van offer value and enormous cargo flexibility thanks to a choice of two roof heights, while passenger models can accommodate up to 12 people while boasting over 300 seating configurations. Each is rear-wheel drive and offered with a V6 or powerful V8, the latter of which can tow up to 9,500 pounds.

You'll Like This Car If...

Starting under $27,000, the 2014 Nissan NV provides a lot of vehicle and flexibility for the money. If you have a large family or need to shuttle up to a dozen people regularly, the Nissan NV passenger van does it with more freshness than the Ford E-Series and GM twins, and at less cost than a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want your van to have a diesel engine or all-wheel drive, look to Mercedes-Benz's Sprinter, the Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana, or the Ram Promaster, or, for all-wheel drive, the Chevy/GMC models. If you need to seat more than 12, the Ford and GM vans can accommodate up to 15.

What's New for 2014

Among the minimal changes for 2014 Nissan NV models are that tow mode, a Class IV receiver hitch, 7-pin connector pre-wiring, and heavy duty battery become standard on V8 models.

Driving the NV2500 HD Cargo

Driving Impressions The standard powerplant in the 2014 Nissan NV1500, NV2500 HD cargo and NV3500 HD passenger van is Nissan's trusty 4.0-liter V6 that proves surprisingly capable in this big hauler. With...

261 horsepower, it is more powerful than the V6 in GM's cargo vans and out-ponies the base V8 in the Ford E-Series. Even with a full crew aboard, the V6 pulls strongly, though it does tend to labor a bit once up to speed. Those needing more power to easily haul or tow heavier loads should look to the bigger 5.6-liter V8, standard in the NV3500 HD cargo and the top NV passenger model, and optional on other models. That engine enables the 2014 NV to tow up to 9,500 pounds and grants a payload capacity of over 3,900 pounds. The Nissan NV's ride and handling are about what you'd expect from a massive box on wheels. That said, we do laud its suspension, which did a good job stabilizing this big rig.

INTEGRATED SEAT BELTS
If you've ever had to wrangle your way past a web of ceiling-mounted seat belts to reach the back of a shuttle, the Nissan NV's clever way of integrating the belts into the seats is a welcome solution.

INTERIOR FLEXIBILITY
The NV offers not just a lot of interior space – it offers that room in a smart way. The front passenger seat in cargo versions of the van, for example, folds forward to create a work station, while passenger models boast 324 seat configurations.

2014 Nissan NV2500 HD Cargo Details
Interior

The 2014 Nissan NV is available for hauling cargo or people, and its interior aesthetics fit the function at hand. In cargo models, the NV seats just a driver and passenger, with the rest of its bay ready for boxes or customization. For those needing the most space, models with the high-roof option expand cargo volume to 323.1 cubic feet, a nearly 90 cubic-foot addition vs. the 234.1 cubic feet in standard-roof models. The NV Passenger models can accommodate up to 12 people with two bucket seats in front followed by a pair of 3-seat benches and a 4-across bench in the back. The rear rows can be removed for owners needing to haul fewer people but more stuff.

Exterior

In profile, the Nissan NV looks like either a rectangle or a high-top sneaker on wheels. The former look comes with the standard roof height and the latter with the high-roof option, only available on NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD cargo models. With the high-roof option, a 6-foot-3 person can stand upright in the cargo area. Both cargo and passenger models of the NV have a sliding door on the passenger side for loading cargo and people, while the back doors have a 243-degree maximum opening range for easier loading.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base version of the NV1500 cargo van includes air conditioning, dozens of cargo mounts, pre-wiring for electrical upfitting, a tilt (but not telescoping) steering wheel, a 2-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary input, and electronic traction control. Base passenger models include seating for 12 with a dozen rear heating and cooling vents, eight cup holders/three bottle holders, and four speakers for the audio system. The lowest trims of both passenger and cargo models still use crank windows and manual doorlocks, (for $650 extra, we recommend the Power Basic Package that rectifies this and adds cruise control and keyless entry).

Optional Equipment

Upgrades for the 2014 Nissan NV include a navigation system, Bluetooth wireless communication, front and side-curtain airbags, dual-zone air conditioning (passenger models), a power driver's seat, remote keyless entry, and a rearview monitor. In addition to the high-roof option, cargo models are offered with a rear glass door and side windows. Higher-trim versions include a rear sonar system to aid reversing the big van, while top-line passenger models come with leather-appointed seats that are heated in front. Those who need to tow can add a Class IV tow hitch receiver, which is standard on the highest trim.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Nissan NV comes with a 261-horsepower V6 engine that easily out-powers the V6 offered in the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express. Optional on other models and standard in top trims is Nissan's 5.6-liter V8 good for 317 horsepower that also out-powers the comparable V8s offered in vans by Ford and GM. Both engines run on regular unleaded gasoline and are connected to 5-speed automatic transmissions. All Nissan NV vans are rear-wheel drive. Maximum towing capacity for the V6 is 7,000 pounds (6,200 for passenger models), while the V8 tops out at 9,500 pounds (8,700 for passenger models). The EPA has yet to supply fuel economy ratings for the NV.

4.0-liter V6
261 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
281 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

5.6-liter V8
317 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
385 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2014 Nissan NV2500 HD Cargo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 15 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Love it!

By on Wednesday, February 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "price reliability fun to drive"

Cons: "side door heavy with nose down"

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

"I bought mine as a RV conversion and it is everything that I could want. I have the eight cylender version, it is fast maneuverable and so far no problems at 60,000 miles. At first when I saw it I thought it looked funny with that nose sticking out. But it is nice not having a huge cover inside the cab.Engine compartment is huge and if you need to work on it has lots of room to get around in. seating is comfortable and having camera screen in dash is great. Only minor negative is that side door is heavy and if you park nose down can be a bear to open. It is a great vehicle and great buy. Have shown my conversion more than 200 times"

Hands down the best large van for a large family!

By on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Everything, best full-sized van on the market."

Cons: "Rear visibility"

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

"This is our second NV. Our first was a 2013 NV SV which we had for two years and 38k miles. We wanted to upgrade to the 2015 SL for the leather seats and the 100k mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. I was astounded at the trade-in value of our 2013. Additionally, the dealer had our 2013 on their lot for a grand total of 1 day before they sold it - the day it went on their Web site it was sold. We love the 2015 more then our first 2013. Previous to the NV we had a 2011 Chevy Express 2500. Additionally, we have rented a 2014 Ford Transit while on vacation. In my opinion, neither of these vans are even in the same class as the NV. The NV wins in: 1. Size and space 2. Interior features and comforts 3. Technology 4. Warranty 5. Ride comfort 6. Looks 7. Power and towing ease Regarding item 1, The NV is huge. Tons of head room, leg room, etc. With the size though comes some issues. Don't try to fit in most parking garages and plan on parking toward the back of the lot at your local Walmart. When we rented that large Ford Transit for 12 days in 2014, once we returned to the airport and got back in our NV I felt like a midget. Item 2, interior features and comforts. All kinds of cup holders, power outlets and map pockets. While the Ford and Chevy's feel like their only purpose is to cart people back and forth from the airport to the hotel the NV feels like it is meant for a family to drive around town or on vacation in. Now this doesn't mean it has the same level of amenities as say a Toyota minivan but compared to the other vans in this segment it is the clear winner. Item 3, technology. Back-up camera (an absolute must as the rear-view mirror is nothing more than a windshield ornament due to the rear seat head rests), GPS, bluetooth, speaker phone. Again, not comparing the NV to a fancy SUV but compared to the other vans in this segment it has the best tech. Item 4, Warranty. It's not even a fair competition. 100k bumper-to-bumper come on now! We have yet to use the warranty on our 2015 with 12k miles. On the 2013 we had the van in twice for a rattly sliding side door (which seems to be a common issue). Also, the bumper bolts on the chrome bumper were starting to rust and causing rust streaks on the bumper. The front bumper was replaced twice for this. Item 5, Ride comfort. Again, not comparing the NV to a Cadillac but instead to the other full size vans. The ride is not even close. The ride on our Chevy 3500 was like sitting on a skate board down a rode with pot holes at 35 MPH. The Ford we rented was much, much better but still felt like a big truck. The NV rides very nice. No longer do I have to warn the family when we are getting ready to go down a bumpy road. Item 6 Looks. I love, love, love the look of our NV. We have a black SL with chrome wheels and bumpers and tinted windows. When it is all shined up in the summer it looks like a Secret Service or SWAT van. I also like that there are so few on the road and it gets attention. Recently we were 70 miles from home and saw a fried of ours who lived in that town sitting at a stop light next to us. She recognized us from a distance as soon as she saw our van. As far as looks, be prepared for gawkers. I would say that weekly, at the gas station or at the store, someone asks 'what the heck is that'. Finally, Power and towing ease. The Nissan never, ever fells like it is lacking power. We have a 7000 lb 32 foot travel trailer that we pull. With our Chevy, which had a Vortec 6.0L, you knew the trailer was back there. With the NV, I have actually found myself checking my mirrors to make sure I didn't lose the trailer. The NV has power to spare even when pulling a heavy trailer. In summary, my wife and our eight children love this van. It is hard for me to think of any negative comments. Obviously, it could be less expensive or have more tech but when doing an apples to apples comparison of the direct competition it is hard to find even one thing Chevy or Ford does better. If the NV is in your price range I would not even waste my time at the Chevy or Ford dealer!!!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I own this van and it has 62000 miles on it

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Better than the competition."

Cons: "People laugh at the boxy outside."

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

"This is a true sturdy value. It has had no issues. I haul kids, surfboards, dogs...etc. Decent on the gas mileage. If I keep it under 70 mp. I get 20 mpg. seats are truely easy to move in and out. Love it."

59 people out of 98 found this review helpful

Best designed passenger vehicle on the market.

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best priced. Easy and fun to drive."

Cons: "None. Plenty of Cup holders and space."

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

"Best designed large passenger vehicle on the Market. AC/Heat maintain balanced temps in cold or hot weather. Handling, power, visibility are unsurpassed. Paint, workmanship, minor flaw noticed on roof; but, not anything major. Seating is super. Can adjust for handicapped and equipment. Mileage is great for a V8...Averaged 15MPG on West Coast to East Coast trip loaded w/6 adults and luggage cruising easily at 78 MPH. Smooth as silk."

25 people out of 43 found this review helpful

I am very happy with my Van.

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Can not controle the lighting"

Cons: "great off road truck. Great on the highway too"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I'm very happy with my van. I only have a few I thing I dont like. You can't turn of the day time head lights. You can't controle the inside lights in the back from the drivers seat. I live in arizona. I don't want to open the door to look over my sholder to check something in the cargo area when I'm parked. But I have to. also no over ride switch to kill the dargo lights during the day if I want the power for the 110 outlet. I have to turn off each light one at a time and then reset them when i'm done. Way to drop the ball on that one Nissan. Everything else is great."

57 people out of 98 found this review helpful

My All Anything Vehicle

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good ride, lots of room"

Cons: "Wish it was set up more for an easy rv conversion"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought my 2012 Nissan NV 2500 high top in 2012 used-certified. I am doing some conversion on it now so we can use it as a travel/overniter. Added a jacknife sofa, bathroom, galley, roof a/c to come. This vehicle drives nice. I get an avg of 17-18mpg around the hilly area I live and 20+ on interstate at 68mph. Pulls an 18' boat just fine and still gets 16mpg. Very happy with the v-6. Very happy with this van. RV like seating for driver and passenger. No major problems so far still under warranty then a drive train warranty to 100k. I would recommend for work or play."

46 people out of 76 found this review helpful

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