2018 Nissan NV Passenger

#15
in Midsize vans
2018 MODEL

$35,170 - $42,020

6.0

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Overview

The Nissan NV Passenger van is a heavy duty passenger or cargo mover. It can comfortably seat 12 passengers and still have 28.9 cu.-ft. cargo space behind the 4th row. The Nissan NV has highly configurable seats. The rear seats can be easily removed for extra cargo space.

The Nissan NV is offered with two engine options - 261 hp V6 and 375 hp V8. The Nissan NV rivals the GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 and the Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL.

The base trim is priced at $35,170. In terms of pricing, the Nissan NV is at par with the Ford Transit and the GMC Savana. The Nissan NV is offered with a 4.0-liter V6 engine which is tuned for 261 hp at 5600 rpm and the peak torque of 281 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via the 5-speed automatic transmission.

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Pros

Powerful engines on offer - V6\/V8

Easily configurable seats for passenger

Rear climate controls

Cons

Not a 15 seater like other rivals

Average fuel efficiency

Bouncy ride when not loaded

What's New?

A more powerful V8 engine which generates more power and torque

Standard rearview camera


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35170

bodystyle

3dr Van

passenger capacity

12

top speed

102 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

261 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

281 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4 in./14.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

146.1 in.

length

240.6 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

84 in.

curb weight

6710 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

towing capacity

11270 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

standing ¼-mile

18.2 sec.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Nissan NV Passenger in Java Metallic color  2018 Nissan NV Passenger in Glacier White color  2018 Nissan NV Passenger in Cayenne Red color  2018 Nissan NV Passenger in Pearl White color  2018 Nissan NV Passenger in Arctic Blue Metallic color
Java Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine

5.6

Fuel Economy

6.7

Exterior

5.6

6.0

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S

3500 S

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 12

$35,170

Configurations
3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Transmission: 5A Drivetrain: RWD
Torque: 281 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

 2018 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SV

3500 SV

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 12

$37,120

Configurations
3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Transmission: 5A Drivetrain: RWD
Torque: 281 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

 2018 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SL

3500 SL

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 12

$42,020

Configurations
3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A)
Transmission: 7A Drivetrain: RWD
Torque: 387 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 18, 2018

6.0

Overall Rating


 

5.6/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

5.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The Nissan NV Passenger van is a heavy duty passenger or cargo mover. It can comfortably seat 12 passengers and still have 28.9 cu.-ft. cargo space behind the 4th row. The Nissan NV has highly configurable seats. The rear seats can be easily removed for extra cargo space.

The Nissan NV is offered with two engine options - 261 hp V6 and 375 hp V8. The Nissan NV rivals the GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 and the Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL.

The base trim is priced at $35,170. In terms of pricing, the Nissan NV is at par with the Ford Transit and the GMC Savana. The Nissan NV is offered with a 4.0-liter V6 engine which is tuned for 261 hp at 5600 rpm and the peak torque of 281 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via the 5-speed automatic transmission.

Features

The Nissan Passenger van is offered in three trims. Base version S and SV are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. With the standard V6 engine it has a payload capacity up to 2,800 pounds and towing capacity up to 6200 pounds.

The Nissan NV Passenger is true to its design. It is an efficient multitasker. It doubles up as passenger mover or a cargo hauler with s a cabin which is utilitarian.

Trim NV HD 3500 S NV HD 3500 SV NV HD 3500 SL
MSRP $35,170 $37,120 $42,020
Key

 

Features

  • Water-repellent front seats with vinyl wear patches
  • Rearview monitor
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • Rear window defroster
  • 5.0" color display
  • Four speakers
  • Siriusx XM satellite radio includes activation and three months of service

All of HD 3500 S plus

  • Six rear passenger area map lights
  • Rear sonar system
  • Dual power heated outside mirrors
  • Nissan navigation system including 5.8" color touch-screen monitor (optional)

All of HD 3500 SV plus

  • Power heated chrome extendable tow mirrors
  • Standard towing equipment
  • Fog lights
  • Two front tow hooks
  • Dual-zone front air conditioning

The top SL trim comes loaded with features. It is offered with fog lights, front parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a 5.8-inch touchscreen which includes a navigation system.

Engine

5.6/10

There's no confusing the Nissan NV Passenger for anything other than a giant van. The V6 engine produces satisfying enough performance, even with cargo on board. The V8 is even better. -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The S and SV configurations of the NV Passenger are powered by a 24 valve 4.0-liter V6 engine. The 4.0 liter V6 uses an advanced Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) for better power and fuel efficiency.

The engine components are specially coated to reduce friction and offer a smoother response. This coating also reduces wear and tear. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels via the 5-speed automatic transmission. The standard V6 engine produces 261 hp of power at 5600 rpm and 281 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.

Models Nissan NV Passenger HD 3500 S GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL
MSRP $35,170 $34,710 $35,250
Engine 4.0L V6 4.3L V6 3.7L V6
Transmission 5-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6 speed automatic
Horsepower 261 hp @ 5600 rpm 276 hp @ 5200 rpm 275 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 281 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 298 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

The competition in this segment offers different V6 engines tuned for similar power and torque figures. On paper, the GMC Savana offers the best power and torque figures at the lowest sticker price.

Acceleration

It is hard to judge the Nissan NV for its acceleration due to lack of acceleration data. The cars in this segment are workhorses; they are designed to deliver more space for passengers and carry more cargo.

The Nissan NV does well when it sticks to its job. The power figures are decent for a transit vehicle. The Nissan NV weighs 6710 lbs. and with the standard V6 engine. The Nissan NV doesn't surprise you with acceleration. The boxy exterior makes it shy of high-speed corners.

Models Nissan NV Passenger HD 3500 S GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL
0-60 MPH N/A N/A 7.6
Quarter mile N/A N/A 15.9
Engine 4.0L 4.3L 4.3L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A N/A N/A

The GMC Savana has an advantage in terms of peak torque. The entirety of 298 lb-ft torque is available at 3900 rpm. This with a comparatively lighter curb weight of 5,983 means lesser job for the engine to reach highway speeds.

Handling and Steering

The handling and ride quality the Nissan NV is exactly what you should expect from a giant van. The lack of insulation materials makes the NV's (cargo variant) cabin a little too loud and discomforting. When the van is empty, the ride is jumpy and road noise is audible.

The steering is light and requires diligence while filtering through traffic. Even narrow lanes need to be carefully trodden.

Braking

The front and the rear brakes on the Nissan NV are the biggest when compared to the competition. But with a curb weight of 6,710 lbs, the larger-14 inch brakes make a lot of sense.

Model Nissan NV Passenger HD 3500 S GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL
Brake Front (in.) 14.2 12.8 12.1
Brake Rear (in.) 14.4 13.0 12.1
Curb Weight (lbs.) 6,710 5,983 5,488
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A N/A 129

Even with a full load of passengers or cargo the Nissan NV provides decent stopping power.

Fuel Economy

6.7/10

The exact figures are not available for the moment but considering the Nissan NV's more than generous curb weight, one can assume of it having a lower combined fuel economy. Probably somewhere near the 15 mpg (combined).

Model Nissan NV Passenger HD 3500 S GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL
MPG (city) N/A N/A 19
MPG (highway) N/A N/A 25
MPG (combined) N/A N/A 22

From the available data, the Ford Transit offers a city fuel economy of 19 mpg and 25 mpg on the highway. These are decent figures for a heavy cargo/passenger van.

Interior

Space is the 2018 Nissan NV's selling point, and there's plenty of it. -KelleyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

The interiors of the Nissan NV mean business. The base S trim is barebones but substantial features are offered on the mid-spec SV variant. The top of the trim SL is fully loaded.

The Nissan NV is based on the heavy-duty components of NV Cargo. But the Nissan has tuned the suspension of NV Passenger for rider comfort and pleasant ride.

Model Nissan NV Passenger HD 3500 S GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL
Passenger capacity 12 12 8
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 42.8/65.7/42.0 39.8/68.8/41.3 40.8/67.9/39.7
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/69.2/33.9 38.4/68.6/36.3 41.1/71.4/33.7
Third

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/66.6/38.5 38.5/65.8/36.6 40.6/67.0/35.6
Forth

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A 37.6/69.1/36.6 N/A

The NV passenger can accommodate 12 people easily. It is a great place for the team to rest before a game. The overhead A/C vents distribute air uniformly in the cabin. The climate controls are situated overhead and passengers can adjust the heat or air conditioning according to their requirement.

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • 12 rear passenger heating and cooling vents
  • rear cargo light
  • power door locks with auto-locking feature
  • power windows with driver's one-touch auto-down
  • cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • driver's under-seat slide-out storage tray
  • three 12-volt dc power outlets
  • two 120-volt dc power outlets
  • all-season floor mats
  • 324 seating configurations

Infotainment System

All Nissan NV comes with a standard color touchscreen infotainment system. The base S trim comes with a 4 speaker system. The SV trim is offered with a 6 speaker system. The live feed from the rearview camera is displayed on this screen.

Optional Navigation package adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system. This package also adds voice recognition, satellite radio, and Nissan Connect mobile app.

Also, it does have the basic features like:

  • Nissan navigation system including 5.8" color touch-screen monitor
  • Nissanconnect mobile apps
  • Nissan voice recognition for audio and navigation
  • Sirius XM traffic and travel link
  • Hands-free text messaging assistant
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • Rearview monitor
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Four speakers

Cargo Volume

The Nissan NV scores full marks in terms of cargo capacity. Removing the rear seats reveals the 218.9 cu.-ft. cargo area which can be easily accessed from the sliding doors or the 243 degree opening rear doors. Loading your cargo can be a bit difficult due to the higher step-in height of the cargo area.

Model Nissan NV Passenger HD 3500 S GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL
Cargo Volume 4th row up (cu-ft) 28.9 N/A 94.2
Cargo Volume 3rd row up (cu-ft) 28.9 92.1 94.2
Cargo Volume 2nd row up (cu-ft) N/A N/A N/A
Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (cu-ft) 218.9 216.2 224.5

When the whole cargo capacity is considered, the Ford transit leads the way with 224.5 cu-ft of space.

Towing Capacity

The GMC Savana is clearly the segment best with its massive towing capacity of 9400 lbs.

Model Nissan NV Passenger HD 3500 S GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL
Maximum Towing Capacity 6200 lbs. 9400 lbs. 5100 lbs.

Exterior

5.6/10

Standard-roof models look like rectangles on wheels, while those with the high roof appear more like high-top sneakers.- KelleyBlueBook

Dimension and Weight

The NV passenger shares its underpinnings with the previous generation of Titan pickup truck. It is based on the body-on-body design, which is a bit rare for this generation of vans. The Nissan NV also gets a high rooftop (increases cargo capacity), something which is missed by the competition.

The Nissan NV looks like an old boxy van and it surely weighs like one. The NV has a retro feel to it, and the long "truck" like nose does make it feel so even more.

Model Nissan NV Passenger HD 3500 S GMC Savana Passenger LS 2500 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon T-150 XL
Curb weight (lbs.) 6,710 5,983 5,488
Length(in) 240.6 224.1 219.8
Width(in) 79.9 79.2 81.3
Height(in) 84.0 83.9 82.2
Ground clearance (in) 8.1 7.1 N/A
Wheelbase (in) 146.1 135.0 129.9
Track width (in) F/R N/A N/A 67.6/67.6

The Nissan NV is longer and taller than the competition. The NV also offers the roomiest cabin.

The wheelbase is also longer, the ground clearance on offer is 8.1 inches. Nissan NV can handle the rough road surfaces.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • power heated chrome extendable tow mirrors
  • ten roof rack mounting points
  • 50/50 split rear cargo doors with opening locking feature
  • magnetic door locks (to secure open rear doors)
  • sliding side door on passenger side
  • sliding side door window with privacy glass
  • UV-reducing front windshield glass
  • daytime running lights
  • two front tow hooks
  • front sonar and rear sonar system
  • side passenger window privacy glass

Safety

The IIHS and the NHTSA are yet to rate the Nissan NV Passenger Van.

Safety Features

  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage supplemental front air bags
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Hood-buckling creases and safety stops
  • Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) with traction control system (TCS)
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for rollover head protection for all outboard passengers
  • Latch system (lower anchor and tethers for children)

Competition

Nissan NV Passenger Vs. Ford Transit Passenger

The Ford Transit is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that is tuned for 275 hp at 6000 rpm. The peak torque of 260 lb-ft is available at 4000 rpm. Even with a lower engine displacement, Ford manages to extract more power.

The Ford Transit is priced similar to the Nissan NV. The NV can carry 12 passengers while the Transit can manage a humble 4. The NV also has a greater towing capacity of 6200 pounds (1100 lbs. more).

Nissan NV Passenger Vs. GMC Savana Passenger

The GMC Savana offers more power and torque with its bigger 4.3-liter V6 engine. The Savana is lighter than the Nissan NV. The Savana costs lesser than the Nissan NV. Even the cargo space is similar.

There is a huge difference in the towing capacity. The Savana has a massive towing capacity of 9400 lbs. The Nissan NV passenger has an edge when it comes to reliability, Nissan claims 7,000 durability and quality tests. The NV also has 800,000 miles of reliability testing. And, the icing on the cake is Nissan 2019s 5 years/100,000 miles of bumper to bumper warranty.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Nissan NV Passenger offers a good balance of power and comfort. The 4.0-liter V6 engine offers sufficient power for your daily driving requirements. The more powerful 5.6-liter V8 engine is also offered as an option for the S and SV trims.

The passenger is offered in a flexible 12 seater configuration. Depending upon your requirement, the rear seats can be easily removed to make way for more cargo. The towing capacity of 6200 pounds makes it more adept as a multi-role vehicle. It is priced at $35,170 and is a great offering as a transit van. It offers generous cabin space, for long journeys. The power plugs (12V for charging mobile phones and 120 V for power tools) and controls for climate control are in proximity of the rear passengers.

The Nissan NV is not without faults. It suffers from subpar fuel efficiency and the interiors are little bland. Even the passenger version misses out on the optional 15 seat arrangement.

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