New 2018 Nissan NV200 Van/Minivan
Nissan NV200 Van/Minivan
Nissan’s NV200 van for 2018 is nimble and versatile, but it lacks the room and power of some more expensive rivals.
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Built for small businesses that don’t need a massive fleet, the 2018 Nissan NV200 van provides affordable transportation that’s easy to drive and economical to operate. Although not as large or sophisticated as the Ford Transit Connect or Ram ProMaster City, the NV200 can still haul 122 cubic feet of goods. The versatile cargo area can also be configured by upfitters to better serve the needs of its owner. The NV200’s small size makes it easy to park and maneuver in city traffic, and when the day is done, it can easily be stored in a residential-size garage. At just under $23,000, the NV200 bests its competition by few hundred to a few thousand dollars, as does its 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for a small van as inexpensive to operate as it is to own, the compact 2018 Nissan NV200 is probably worth a look. Fuel-efficient and nimble, the NV200 is easy to live with, offering unique features like a passenger seat that folds flat to double as a desktop.
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If you need more hauling ability than the NV200’s 1,480-pound limit, a Ford Transit Connect or Ram ProMaster City makes a better choice. All of the NV200’s competitors can be ordered with additional seating for passengers, with seating for up to eight people in the Mercedes-Benz Metris.
What's New for 2018
For 2018, the NV200 gains a 5-inch color audio display and rearview monitor. Also now standard are a USB port, Bluetooth for phone and music streaming, and a text-messaging assistant.
Beyond its low price, the Nissan NV200’s most appealing attribute is how easy it is to drive. The small size, car-like suspension and tight 36.7-foot turning radius permit the NV200 access to spaces larger vans and pickups wouldn’t dare attempt. Single-lane U-turns are no problem for this little van, and parallel parking is a snap thanks to the standard rearview monitor. The NV200’s large windshield offers excellent visibility and big side mirrors somewhat compensate for the large blind spots created by the solid side panels (side windows are optional). While the NV200 is easy to drive, it’s no powerhouse. The little 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine’s 131 horsepower is fine for low-speed cruising, and the CVT automatic makes the most of the engine’s power and fuel economy, but a loaded NV200 will definitely strain at speeds over 60 mph.
Nissan’s NV200 offers a best-in-class 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty besting its rivals from Ford, Ram and Mercedes. It’s the kind of added peace of mind fleet managers rarely enjoy.
60/40-SPLIT REAR CARGO DOORS
The NV200’s 60/40-split rear doors are a clever design. More functional than a traditional 50/50 setup, the offset allows a larger opening closer to the curb and a smaller door on the driver’s side that, when open, is less likely to impede traffic or bicyclists.
The NV200's interior places function over style. Though tidy on the outside, the NV200 hides 122.7 cubic feet of volume in its cargo bay and boasts a low, flat floor that makes loading a breeze. The cargo bay can hold standard 40 x 48-inch pallets. Payload maxes out at 1,480 pounds, below that of the Ford and Ram. Up front are two bucket seats, with the driver's seat offering a right armrest for added comfort. The passenger seat folds flat to create a desk or workbench, or more room for longer items. Audio and climate controls are simple but easy to use.
As a box on wheels, the NV200’s styling -- or lack thereof -- isn't its biggest priority. Function again trumps form. Accessibility is easy thanks to dual sliding side doors and 60/40-split rear French doors that open 180 degrees. At just over 21 inches, the cargo load floor is about two inches lower than that of the Transit Connect and slightly lower than that of the ProMaster City. At 186.3 inches, the NV200 is just a few inches longer than a Nissan Sentra sedan. Unlike the Transit Connect, however, the NV200 does not offer a choice of lengths.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2018 Nissan NV200 remains available in two trims: S and SV. The base S model comes with air conditioning, cargo-bay floor protector, cargo-area work light, manually adjustable front seats with vinyl wear patches, power windows, power door locks, Bluetooth, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with a USB and rearview monitor. As it's only about $950 more, we recommend the higher-trim SV model. It adds cruise control, a 12-volt power outlet in the rear, six D-rings mounted to the cargo floor, power heated exterior mirrors, satellite radio and wheel covers. All new NV200 models come with a 5-year/100,000-mile warranty.
Notable Optional Equipment
Both trims of the Nissan NV200 can be had with rear-door windows, something we recommend for better visibility and overall safety. A window is also available on the passenger-side sliding door. Rear sonar sensors are optional to make backing up easier and safer, and a rearview camera is available on the NV200 SV. Cruise control can be had on base models, and both trims offer Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. SV trims can be further upgraded with the NissanConnect navigation and mobile app system that includes a 5.8-inch touch screen, voice recognition and USB input.
Under the Hood
The 2018 Nissan NV200 makes do with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. A gearless continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends that power to the front wheels. With its latest CVT, the Nissan NV200 returns impressive fuel economy of up to 26 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. The Nissan's powertrain is thrifty and runs on regular unleaded gasoline, but it's also weaker than the engines found in the Ford Transit Connect and Ram ProMaster City. If you require even more grunt -- and up to 5,000-pound towing capacity -- check out the larger Mercedes-Benz Metris.
131 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
139 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/26 mpg
For 2018 the Nissan NV200 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $22,755 for a base S model. For slightly more -- $23,730 -- we suggest the SV model, which adds cruise control, a rear power outlet and upgraded exterior bits. Fully loaded, a Nissan NV200 still slots in below $25,000. The Ford Transit Connect cargo van starts over $24,000, while the Ram ProMaster City starts beyond $24,000. The Chevrolet City Express, mechanically similar to the Nissan NV200, starts at $23,850. With its new Worker base trim, the highly recommendable Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van starts under $27,000 and is significantly more powerful and larger, yet can still be parked in a residential garage. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their new cargo van. We predict the NV200's resale value will be decent, on par with that of the Ford Transit Connect.
Nissan NV200 Consumer Reviews
April 23, 2014
Great small cargo van for business
Excellent gas mileage,25 mpg mixed-32 hwy. CVT transmission smooth,good power with appx 1000 additional pounds in it including myself...
April 23, 2014
Perfect work truck
I have had this truck for almost a year and I love it. Great gas mileage,very comfortable to drive(even on long trips)and cargo space a...
November 03, 2013
Great in everything
With full load and in the city 26.3 MPG. very convenient with 2 sliding doors and back door. Spacious cargo space. Easy to drive in...
May 17, 2015
The tires are will need to be replaced at 25,00 mi
I have a 2013. I noticed that as I got close to 25,000 miles on the tires, I had to change the tires right away. All 4 tires had worn...
February 17, 2015
Decent economy Van
Having always driven an Astro cargo van, i had my eye on the transit connect for some time, but never really liked it. When the NV 200...
May 03, 2014
Enjoy the ride. I like vans, have driven a Dodge (full size 250k miles) , a Ford (full size 185k miles), a Dodge Caraven (285k miles)....
November 13, 2018
Good for home use...not so much professional
As far as compact cargo vans go, the NV200 should probably be at the bottom of your list. If it weren't for the low price and good gas...
June 11, 2014
A little disappointing
Started to get a lot of noise from rear end and noticed some very uneven wear on the rear tires. Took is to dealer at 19,000 miles and...
October 17, 2018
we have two of these vans. would never buy one again. both vans constantly get bent rims, sliding and rear doors always get stuck shut....
August 02, 2014
Piece of junk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Things you should know about the Nissan NV200 before buying one! I have owned this van for about 13 months & have 25,000 miles on it....