Commercial Week Day One Review: 2012 Nissan NV Cargo Van

Posted on 16. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

The man-in-the-van makes the world around, but our brothers rarely get to know no love. That's what turns this week is all about, it's very first commercial vehicle TTAC raid. Plumbers, carpet cleaners, satellite TV installers, couriers, builders, we have heard your cries! Inspired by the lack of decent cargo hauler reviews Write a review (contained the line: "It has 8 cylinders, which makes it a V8"Ouch), we have assembled the cream of the commercial crop for your reading pleasure.

Today we have the new comer in the group followed the all-new, all-Nissan NV2500 Cargo Hauler tomorrow from GM, Ford E-Series and Transit Connect and a special left-field review on day 5 Stay tuned! You're probably thinking I forgot Mercedes Sprinter, but I did not. Commercial buyers I interviewed thought the Sprinter 6-cylinder diesel and high MSRP put it in a niche that is not directly related to the know-Vans of America competition. Nissan can beat Detroit at its own game?

The NV has an honest-to-goodness hood. That sounds quite banal at first glance, but who has worked on a GM van, know the engine is not under the hood, it is especially the bottom line a bit in the cabin. (This is why minor repairs on a GM van rather the beginning "First, drop the engine"). Sees NV more like someone, a bread van grafted onto a Nissan Titan, which is exactly in many ways, what did Nissan. Nissan research showed many owner / driver" one-in-a-van "customers had pickups As the American cargo van was briefly defected to innovation for decades. Available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 versions, used the NV a heavily modified titanium platform with a beefier frame recirculating ball steering and heavy-duty suspension. Despite the sharp changes the NV3500 is only 500 pounds heavier than a crew-cab Titan enables high-roof NV3500 V8 for the sprint to 60 in a rather surprising 7.9 seconds.

Looks aside, there is a practical benefit with a hood: The engine is not in the footwell. After three weeks of driving Ford, GM and Nissan vans back-to-back, the difference in the Nissan was extreme: my size-12s actually fit into the foot and were not cooked to perfection after 1 hour drive. The NV seats the titanium compound is much more comfortable than the competition. Instead of a full-vinyl seat strengthen Nissan relies on a vinyl side and hard substance, better breathability and increased durability of the edge that is the most wear. Base S models come standard with air conditioning and a CD player, while the SV model we drove include cruise control, power accessories, two additional speakers and parking sensors (a lifesaver when navigating the high-top NV3500 in the streets of LA).

Plastics are hard, but that is exactly what you expect from a work truck, and showed no early signs of wear such as plastics in last year's Ram 3500th Borrowed from the Nissan Versa is "low-cost" navigation system with 5-inch touchscreen, XM Radio, XM traffic, Bluetooth and iPod integration for $ 950. While an aftermarket GPS is about $ 500 cheaper, the integrated unit works very well and is probably one of my favorite factory nav systems. Buyers should keep in mind that the side-curtain airbags are not standard, so if you are buying from the crowd, the window sticker.

NVs get a choice of engines, the 5.6L V8 or the titanium 317HP/385lb-ft 261HP/281lb-ft Frontier 4.0L V6. Both come with a 5-speed automatic transmission sends power only to the rear fitted as Nissan has no plans for an AWD version right now. The extra cog is a welcome improvement over Ford 4-speed auto in the E-series, but a shy new GM 6-speed in most Express / Savanna models. Absent from the NV is a diesel option, just something GM currently offers. Nissan claims the NV, or even GM and Ford MPG numbers, but that's not really much to say, if the competition is about 10MPG.

NV The V8 is a thirsty companion, averaging around 13MPG GM in mixed driving and 14-15 on the highway, which corresponds to only 6.0L V8.