KBB Editors' Overview
By Matt Degen - Updated Date: 4/25/2014
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.
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.
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.
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