Thanks to its car-like unibody construction and compliant suspension, the 2013 NV200 drives more like a
SUV than a cargo van. In quick transitions, the...
... NV remains well-planted despite its top-heavy nature, and the electric-assisted steering is cooperative and precise. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) dish up impressive fuel economy numbers. In fact, our test vehicle returned 27.1 mpg on the highway at an average speed of 64 mph. There’s generally enough passing power on the highway, though off-the-line acceleration is a bit sluggish while carrying loads in excess of 600 pounds. When it comes to maneuverability, the NV200 feels unexpectedly nimble on congested city streets on account of its impressive 36.7-foot turning circle (better than a Honda Accord). And, given its size and shape, the Nissan NV can slot into parking spots that virtually every full-size van would have to pass up. Helping matters even more is the NV’s outstanding forward visibility.