Bottom line: The Nissan NV200 compact cargo van gets an enthusiastic “buy” here. It fits well into the city, is relatively fuel-efficient (rated at 24 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway using regular-grade gasoline). It is reliable and reasonably priced.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Good ride for driver and front passengers. Six floor-mounted D-rings can be used to tightly secure cargo, thereby reducing interior noise and improving vehicle handling. Acceleration is enough to get you where you need to go. Use the right lane whenever possible, especially if you are carrying a load.
Head-turning quotient: Get the available NV graphics package to turn heads toward your business wherever you go.
Body style/layout: The 2013 Nissan NV200 is a compact front-engine, front-wheel-drive cargo van with two sliding side doors and two 60/40-split rear doors. It is available in S and SV trim levels. The NV200 shares the same unitized construction platforms as Nissan’s Cube wagon and Versa compact car.
Engine/transmission: The NV200 comes with a 2-liter, 16-valve in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine with variable valve timing. The engine is linked to a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Capacities: Seats for two people — driver and front passenger. Maximum cargo capacity is 122.7 cubic feet. The cargo area can be upgraded with shelves and secure storage bins. Ask your dealer about the Adrian Steel package. The NV200 can handle a maximum payload of 1,500 pounds. Fuel capacity is 14.5 gallons. Regular-grade gasoline is recommended.
Experienced mileage: We averaged 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway.
Safety: Standard equipment includes ventilated front disc brakes and rear drums, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, emergency braking assistance, electronic brake-force distribution, traction and stability control, and front side and head air bags.
Pricing: The NV200 SV driven for this column carries a base price of $20,980 with a dealer’s invoice price of $19,731. Price as tested is $23,353, including $1,515 in options (onboard navigation with backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and other items), and an $860 factory-to-dealer transportation charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $22,097.