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2013 Nissan NV1500 Cargo

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2013 Nissan NV1500 Cargo Review

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The NV is Nissan's recent entry in the full-size van market, and is meant to take on the venerable but aging models from Ford and General Motors. Introduced in 2012, the Nissan NV is available as a cargo van or passenger van. Cargo models have a vast amount of space suitable for a variety of tasks and are available with a raised roof, while passenger versions can transport up to 12 people. Each is offered with the choice of a V6 or V8 engine. Along with its overall freshness, strong engines and relatively refined ride in what has become a stale segment, the 2013 Nissan NV has a competitive price that begins at just over $26,000 for cargo models and around $33,000 for passenger versions.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2013 Nissan NV offers a lot of vehicle and flexibility for the money. If you need a full-size van that accommodates much cargo or can transport up to 12 people, the NV is a much fresher platform than its Ford E-Series and GM rivals, and a less-expensive one than that offered by the 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 or the Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana twins for the diesel option, or, for all-wheel drive, the Chevy/GMC models. Meanwhile, Ford's all-new Transit full-size van is just around the corner to replace the E-Series. If you need something smaller and more fuel efficient, look to Ford's Transit Connect or Nissan's own NV200.

What's New for 2013

As it was just introduced in 2012, changes are minimal for the 2013 Nissan NV. They include a vinyl wear patch added to the inside bolster of front-row cloth seats, and three new exterior colors.

Driving the NV1500 Cargo
Driving Impressions

The standard powerplant in the 2013 Nissan NV1500, NV2500 HD cargo and NV3500 passenger van is Nissan's trusty 4.0-liter V6 that proves surprisingly capable in this big hauler. 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. That engine grants the NV with a maximum payload capacity of 3,925 pounds and towing maximum of 9,500 pounds. The Nissan NV's ride and handling are about what you'd expect from a rolling brick. That said, we appreciate the NV's suspension, which does a good job stabilizing this big vehicle in turns. Its 45.2-foot turning diameter is large, but betters that of the Ford E-Series and Chevy Express. The NV's acceleration ability allows it to keep up with its Ford and GM rivals, and is better than the slower (but fuel efficient) diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

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 for better utilization. The front passenger seat in cargo versions of the van, for example, folds forward to create a work station, while hooks, floor-mounted D-rings and multiple mounting points allow you to secure all manner of items in the NV's rear cavity.

2013 Nissan NV1500 Cargo Details
Interior

As the 2013 Nissan NV is available as a cargo or passenger van, it's not surprising that their interiors are a tale of two vehicles. In cargo form, the NV seats just a driver and passenger, with the rest of the space in back ready to hold whatever you wish, from boxes of widgets to customized shelving and hardware to suit the task at hand. For those needing the most space, models with the high roof option expand cargo volume to 323.1 cubic feet, vs. the 234.1 cubic feet in standard-roof models. Passenger versions of the Nissan NV, on the other hand, have four rows of seats that hold a total of 12 passengers: two bucket seats up front, followed by a pair of 3-seat benches, and a 4-across bench in the back. The rear rows of seats are removable for added cargo flexibility (Nissan counts a total of 324 seating configurations).

Exterior

As with the interior, the Nissan NV's exterior profile comes in two different forms depending on which roof you choose: standard or high. With the standard roof, which is the only option on passenger models, the NV looks like one massive rectangle on wheels. The high-roof option is available on NV2500 HD and NV3500 cargo versions and extends the NV's slab higher, albeit with a sharply angled front that extends from the windshield. With the high roof option, a 6-foot-tall person can stand upright in the cargo hold. Windows can be added to the sides and rear of the NV to open up the space and increase visibility. A sliding door on the passenger side allows entry to the NV's rear, while the back doors have a 243-degree maximum opening range for easier loading.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features in a base NV1500 cargo van include air conditioning, scads 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 a total of four speakers for the audio system. The lowest trims of both passenger and cargo models still use manual crank windows and doorlocks (for a few hundred dollars more you can get the Power Basic Package that rectifies this and adds cruise control).

Optional Equipment

Upgrades for the 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 rear-view monitor. A V8 engine, standard on top trims, is available on the NV2500 cargo and the two lower versions of passenger models in lieu of the V6. Top trims of each version have many of these features, including rear sonar system and, in passenger models, leather-appointed seats that are heated in front. Those who need to tow can add a Class IV tow hitch receiver.

Under the Hood

The 2013 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 a more powerful 5.6-liter V8 good for 385 horsepower that also outpowers 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. The EPA has yet to supply fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Nissan 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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2013 Nissan NV1500 Cargo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.6
Out of 10

Based on 18 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great Truck

By on Monday, March 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Best ride, 110volt Power outlets Front and Rear"

Cons: "Fuel Mileage"

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

"I have owned , Ford, Chevy , Freightliner Vans. Hands Down The Best One Yet, Nissan did Their Homework on This Vehicle . Has 110 volt Power Outlets as well as usb . You can load 4x8 sheets plywood or anything the Shelves are built off the floor"

16 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Ford Van Man for 40 yrs. Hello Nissan!

By on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Tires,"

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

"I have been working out of ford vans since the 60's. Nissan has answered the prayers for all other vans. Its like Nissan asked Ford, Chevy, dodge, etc drivers {How can we make your Van better?}This Van has so many advances in Engineering and technology that it rivals our Mercedes SUV. I wished their were better tires offered as a upgrade though. Buy one and you will have to explain that smile on your face. Thanks Nissan!"

5 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great value, but not fancy

By on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, very easy to drive"

Cons: "few options, leather seats are disappointing"

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

"We have a 2015 that I drive everyday. Really like the car. Gas mileage averages 15mpg, but I commute on the interstate (at or over 70)every day. The ride and seating options are great. My husband has a truck that is the same length, and it is much more difficult to turn and navigate than the NV--the front and rear sonar along with the rear camera and huge side windows really help to ensure that you have a clear view whether backing up, changing lanes, or squeezing into a tight spot. I wish there were more options to choose from--like automatic headlights and motorized sliding door. I have had headlights that you can set to automatically come on at night for over 10 years--not even an option on the NV3500. The sliding door is quite heavy. Our children are young, and we don't allow them to try to open the door, as our driveway is steep and if the door is not latched in the open position, can fall back on them. They are not strong enough to stop the door once it begins moving forward. :-( The leather seats are a bit of a disappointment. They are a pretty low grade leather--not at all like the leather in their Altimas. Recently, the leather on the driver and front passenger seats began to discolor--like they were picking up the color from the dark pants that I have to wear to work. At only 5 months old, that is not expected. Hopefully, that will be resolved."

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Love it!

By on Wednesday, February 3, 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"

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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!!!"

18 people out of 21 found this review helpful

I own this van and it has 62000 miles on it

By on Saturday, May 2, 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."

70 people out of 110 found this review helpful

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