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2013 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger

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2013 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger 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.

How It Ranks

#26

out of 32

Horsepower

#3

out of 30

Consumer Ratings
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Consumer Rating

9.6 out of 10
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2013 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Low/wide front photo 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 NV3500 HD Passenger
2013 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Front angle view photo

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.
Favorite Features

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 NV3500 HD Passenger Details
2013 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo 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
2013 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger photo

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
2013 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Engine photo

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

Pricing Notes

The Nissan NV cargo van has a Manufacturer's Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $26,415. Passenger versions begin just under $33,000. A well-equipped cargo version can reach the mid-$30,000 range, while a loaded passenger version hovers around $40,000. At its base price, the 2013 Nissan NV cargo is in line with base versions of the GMC Savana/Chevy Express, slightly less than a base Ford E-Series, and several thousand less than a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Before buying, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price below to see what others in your area are paying for the Nissan NV. Over the years, the Nissan NV is expected to hold its value as well as or better than its Ford and GM rivals.

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2013 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.6
Out of 10

Based on 10 Ratings for the 2012 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

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."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Love this van!

By on Sunday, January 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

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: "Space, comfort and decent mileage."

Cons: "1 of my heat setting buttons occasionally sticks!"

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

"I bought the NV1500S with 25,000 miles on it, within one year I've put 20,000 more miles on it without one problem. Highly spacious cargo area allowed me to built custom cabinets for it and still allow me to transport tools & the custom cabinets I build. The height also allows me to load sheets of plywood standing up (try that in an e-series!). I also can fit 2-24' ladder's in it easily with a compound sliding miter saw & stand, table saw, compressor and extending plank. The cab is very comfortable and is put to the test in the 3+ hour commute's I make into Boston. Mileage is decent in the V6, 16mpg average loaded up (lots of traffic). I couldn't be happier with it, great van!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best van out there

By on Sunday, July 14, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "4x4 would be sweet"

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

"I've had every kind of cargo van they make. I work in home remodeling and Nissan really came out with a van for a contractor. I can't think of one complaint I absolutely love my van. Nissan just got a life long customer with this one. Any other van I had left me scratching my head wondering why they did it that way or why they didn't . Everything about this van just makes sense they definitely had the contractor in mind while designing this van. I would absolutely reccomend the nv to anyone. Thank you Nissan"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Superb Quality/Great Value/Excellent MPGs

By on Sunday, July 07, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"I wanted a large Sprinter-type van, but could not afford 50,000 + dollars. I decided to check out the NV2500 HD, and I'm very happy I did. It had all the options: The power driver's seat is great, and maybe the most comfortable driver's seat I've ever had. I got this with the intention of turning it into a mobile Big Metal Tent for traveling. I'll be able to stand upright in the back, and I expect to be able to fit everything necessary for a cross country trip back there (no toilet, or plumbing) . I don't drive very hard, or fast, and on the freeway, out of the mountains, I get 20+ MPG....Average 18 altogether...I expect to have a long and happy relationship with this, my (hopefully) last retirement road trip machine...."

13 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Very comfortable and very good work van.

By on Saturday, May 04, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,796

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Ride and room"

Cons: "gas mileage...loaded need v8"

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

"I brought my V6 hightop used with 36,000 miles. Empty I got about 18 mpg. Since I have loaded the van with my tools and equipment. I am now getting 13 mpg. This van is the best work van I have owned. The ride is smoothe and firm. I have a lot of leg room and head room in my van. The V6 is strong and qiuet. The only thing I wish for was a v8."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Very very nicely done Nissan. This is a hit

By on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "work friendly,smart, comfortable"

Cons: "transmission shifts a lot around 50 kph"

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

"I bought this 2 weeks ago used and drove it 1500kms home and just love it.It has 25000km and works like a charm. For work I haul around 1500pounds of stuff and the V6 works very well and is ample power. On the highway I got 18mpg and my combined now is showing about 16. Nissan have done a great job making sure of a convenient, comfortable and smart work truck with their amazing back doors and side sliding door. Inside everything is nicely done with grab handles to power outlets to tye downs and lots of compartments which I find great.I have a 2007 Chevy Express 2500 which is going for sale and good bye. If Chevy and Ford don't wake up the NV is going to kick their butt. There is no comparison in the boxes and comfort of the Nissan to the Chevy. I did not rate the reliability as I just purchased it but the previous owner said there were no issues whatsoever with it."

11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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