2017 Nissan NV Passenger

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2017 MODEL
$33,800 - $41,200 See Inventory Prices

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2017 Nissan NV Passenger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Nissan NV Passenger Van is a full-size van available in the US and is better known for its large passenger capacity. It offers a 3-door configuration and looks amazing from outside. In comparison with the previous models, the 2017 Nissan NV Passenger follows changes in its engine power and transmission system.

Looking at the engine, the Van comes with a choice of either having a 4.0 L V6 or a more powerful 5.6 L V8 engine. Moreover, the transmission also varies between a 5-speed automatic and a 7-speed automatic system, depending upon the engine

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Pros

Simple yet attractive design

Spacious interior

Two different engine options

Available in three trims

Competitive pricing

Handling is quite good

Cons

All-wheel-drive option is not available

The technology employed is not up-to-date

Heavyweight

What's New?

5.6 L engine

7-speed automatic transmission


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33800

bodystyle

3dr Van

passenger capacity

12

top speed

102 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

241 cu. in.

horsepower

261 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

281 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

146.1 in.

length

240.6 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

84 in.

curb weight

6694 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

238.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

2825 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

standing ¼-mile

18.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/NA/NA mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/100000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Nissan NV Passenger in Arctic Blue Metallic color  2017 Nissan NV Passenger in Brilliant Silver color  2017 Nissan NV Passenger in Cayenne Red Metallic color  2017 Nissan NV Passenger in Java Metallic color  2017 Nissan NV Passenger in Glacier White color
Arctic Blue 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

6.8

6.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S

3500 S

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$33,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $33,800 MSRP (17/) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

 2017 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S 5.6

3500 S 5.6

power
375 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$35,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 S 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $35,400 MSRP (17/) 375 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5.6 L, V8, regular unleaded
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

 2017 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SV

3500 SV

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$36,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $36,000 MSRP (16/) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

 2017 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SV 5.6

3500 SV 5.6

power
375 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$37,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 SV 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $37,600 MSRP (17/) 375 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5.6 L, V8, regular unleaded
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

 2017 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SL

3500 SL

power
375 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$41,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $41,200 MSRP (16/) 375 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5.6 L, V8, regular unleaded
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

6.2

Overall Rating


The top three vehicles challenging the Nissan NV Passenger Van for the crown are namely Chevrolet Express LS 2500, Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL and GMC Savana LS 2500. All the competitors have a little difference in their prices and engine performances compared to the 2017 Nissan NV 3500.

The 2017 Nissan NV Passenger Van is known for its large passenger capacity. Nissan NV Passenger comes with a choice of either having a 4.0 L V6 or a more powerful 5.6 L V8 engine. Moreover, the transmission also varies between a 5-speed automatic and a 7-speed automatic system, depending upon the engine.


 

5.6/10
Engine

 

6.8/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 
 
 
 

2017 Nissan NV Passenger Features

The Nissan Passenger van is available in three different trims viz. 3500 S, 3500SV and 3500 SL, thus offering a wide variety of options to choose from. Moreover, both the 3500 S and 3500 SV trim renders a choice between having a V6 or a V8 engine, while the 3500 SL comes only with a V8 engine. The price range of the NV 3500 Passenger Van extends from $33,800 to $41,200.

Trim 3500 S 3500 SV 3500 SL
MSRP (V6) $33,800 $36,000 N/A
MSRP (V8) $35,400 $37,600 $41,200
Key Features Rear window defroster Rear Sonar System Fog lights
  Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Air conditioning Rear Sonar System
  Halogen headlights Power windows with driver window one-touch auto-down Rear window defroster
  Air conditioning Six rear Passenger area map lights NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, including 5.8"color touch-screen monitor
  12 Rear Passenger heating and cooling vents AM/FM/CD audio system Dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  AM/FM/CD audio system Auxiliary audio input jack Six speakers
  Auxiliary audio input jack Six speakers  
  Four speakers    

For the 3500 S trim with the V6 engine, the price is set at $33,800, whereas the one with V8 engine comes at a price of $35,400. Some of the key features of the S trim include an air conditioning system, heating and cooling vents, audio system with four speakers, rear window defroster, DRLs, and Halogen headlights.

Coming to the SV trim, its V6 variant costs $36,000 while the V8 costs nearly $37,600. The SV carries various additional features as compared to the low-end S trim such as a rear sonar system, one-touch auto-down power windows, and 6 passenger area map lights.

The 3500 SL is the high-end trim of the 2017 Nissan NV Passenger and provides no engine option and has an MSRP of $41,200. In this trim, fog lights, NissanConnect powered infotainment system and dual-zone automatic temperature control come as standard features.

2017 Nissan NV Passenger Engine

5.6/10

Engine and Transmission

Talking about the engine specs, the NV Passenger with 4.0 L V6 DOHC engine extracts a maximum power of 261 hp along with 281 lbs.-ft. of torque. The 4.0 L engine utilizes a 5-speed automatic gearbox for the transmission. On the other hand, the van with the 5.0 L 8-cylinder engine provides a power of 375 hp and torque of 387 lbs.-ft.

Models Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
MSRP $33,800 $33,140 $35,825 $33,140
Engine 4.0L DOHC V6 4.8L V8 3.7L V6 4.8L V8
Transmission 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 261 hp @ 5600 rpm 285 hp @ 5400 rpm 275 hp @ 6000 rpm 285 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque 281 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

Comparing the base model of the Nissan Passenger with the competitors, it can be derived that the NV 3500 S has the least power delivery. However, in terms of torque, the Nissan is better than the Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL. Both the Chevrolet Express LS and GMC Savana have the highest horsepower and torque figures.

Acceleration

For the NV Passenger 3500 S with a V 6 engine, the 0-60 mph time is 11 seconds with its quarter mile time being 18.2 seconds. However, after comparing these figures with its competitors, it can be established that the NV 3500 has the worst acceleration.

Models Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
0-60 MPH 11 sec 8.7 sec 7.6 sec 8.7 sec
Quarter mile 18.2 sec 16.7 sec 15.9 sec 16.7 sec
Engine 4.0L 4.8L 3.7L 4.8L
Emission

 

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

N/A 13.9 N/A 13.9

Ride and Handling

Driving the Nissan NV Passenger is pretty much fun as the engine power feels punchy and also the steering feels light even when the van is fully-loaded. For low to medium load carrying needs, the V6 engine is ideal, whereas for catering heavy load transportation, the NV with 5.8 L V8 is suggested.

The NV Passenger Van misses out the option of having an AWD drivetrain, thus making it hard to drive the vehicle in snowy conditions. Overall, the handling of the van is very impressive and its sturdy chassis along with traction control maintains the stability of the vehicle at high speeds.

Braking

The size of the front brakes employed in the NV Passenger is 14.2 inches, which is largest than the 12.8, 12.1 and 12.8-inch front brakes available in Express LS, Transit Wagon, and Savana LS respectively. Similarly, the 14.4-inch rear brakes of the NV 3500 Passenger are also bigger than its rivals.

Model Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
Brake Front (in.) 14.2 12.8 12.1 12.8
Brake Rear (in.) 14.4 13.0 12.1 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 6694 6108 5488 6108

2017 Nissan NV Passenger Fuel Economy

6.8/10

The accurate mileage of the Nissan NV Passenger is not available.

Model Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
MPG (city) N/A 11 14 11
MPG (highway) N/A 16 18 16
MPG (combined) N/A 13 16 13

2017 Nissan NV Passenger Interior

Passenger models of Nissan's full-size van can accommodate up to 12 people. Seats in the three back rows can be removed or slid to create space for people and gear. -KelleyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

The passenger capacity of the Nissan NV 3500 is 12 and is equivalent to the Express LS 200 and Savana LS 200, whereas the Ford Wagon's capacity is only 8. Analyzing the interior space at the front row, the Ford has the largest headroom of 51.9 inches, whereas the Nissan offers the largest legroom among the competitors whereas the best shoulder room is offered by both the Chevrolet and GMC Savana.

Model Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
Passenger capacity 12 12 8 12
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 42.8/65.7/42.0 39.8/68.8/41.3 51.9/67.8/41.3 39.8/68.8/41.3
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/69.2/33.9 38.4/68.6/36.3 55.7/71.3/69.5 38.4/68.6/36.3
Third

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/66.6/38.5 38.5/65.8/36.6 N/A 38.5/65.8/36.6
Fourth

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A 37.6/69.1/36.6 N/A 37.6/69.1/36.6

In the second row, the Ford beats all the rivals including the Nissan Passenger with its 55.7-inches headroom, 71.3-inches shoulder room and, 69.5-inches legroom. However, when it comes to the third-row space, the NV Passenger steals the spotlight with its 39.8 inches of headroom, 66.6 inches of shoulder room and 38.5 inches of legroom.

Infotainment System

Looking at the infotainment system, the S and SV trims of the Nissan comes fitted with a basic audio system, which supports AM, FM and, CD. However, the high-end SL trim offers a 5.8-inch infotainment system with the NissanConnect feature that supports navigation and mobile apps. Additionally, the S trim comes with a four-speaker sound system while the SV and SL trim offers 6 speakers for delivering audio inside the van.

Interior Features

Despite being a Passenger Van, the standard interior features of the NV Passenger are intriguing and are as follows:

  • Air conditioning system
  • Tilting steering wheel
  • 4-speakers for the audio
  • Multiple rear cooling and heating vents
  • Power windows

Cargo Capacity

For holding cargo at the 3rd seat row, the Nissan offers a space measuring about 28.9 cubic feet. This space is very low as compared to 125 cubic feet offered by Ford transit and 92.1 cubic feet offered by both the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana. Still, the cargo volume at seat 1 of Nissan NV 3500 is 281.9 cubic feet, which is only a little less against the 292.7 cubic feet offered by the Ford Transit Wagon.

Model Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3) 28.9 92.1 125.0 92.1
Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3) 281.9 216.2 292.7 216.2

Towing Capacity

The Nissan NV Passenger offers an impressive towing capacity of 6200 lbs., which is greater than the 5000 lbs. capacity offered by Ford Transit. However, the best towing capacity of 9600 lbs. is provided by both the Chevrolet and GMC.

Model Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 6200 9600 5000 9600

2017 Nissan NV Passenger Exterior

As with many vans in this class, aesthetics come secondary, and the NV is one of the odder-looking choices. The longer trucklike nose is a departure from rivals that have a more traditional blunted front end, making it look even more boxy and utilitarian. Inside, it's also fairly basic, particularly in the base S trim.-Edmunds

Dimension and Weight

With a wheelbase of 146.1 inches and length of 240.6 inches, the Nissan NV Passenger is longest amidst the competing vehicles. In terms of both width and height, the Ford sits at the top with 81.3 and 98.7 inches respectively. While the Nissan's NV 3500 follows at 2nd number with a width of 79.9 inches and height of 84 inches.

Model Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
Curb weight (lbs.) 6694 6108 5488 6108
Length(in) 240.6 224.1 217.8 224.1
Width(in) 79.9 79.2 81.3 79.2
Height(in) 84.0 83.9 98.7 83.9
Ground clearance (in) 8.1 11.0/7.1 N/A 11.0/7.1
Wheelbase (in) 146.1 135.0 129.9 135.0
Track width (in) F/R        

The NV Passenger offers a ground clearance of 8.1 inches, while both the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana offers a ground clearance of 11.0 inches at the front and 7.1 inches at the rear. With a curb weight of 6694 lbs., the 2017 Nissan is heaviest within its rivalry.

2017 Nissan NV Passenger Safety

Safety Features

Being a commercial vehicle, the Nissan NV Passenger comes with a plenty of features to ensure a safe journey. Some of the most prominent safety features integrated into the NV Passenger include Anti-lock braking system, front airbags, side airbags, roof-mounted airbags and LATCH system. Additionally, the Vehicle Dynamic Control system enhances the stability of the vehicle along with the help of the Traction Control System.

  • Driver's and front passenger's seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage supplemental front air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for side-impact and rollover head protection for all outboard Passengers
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones

NHTSA and IIHS not rated.

2017 Nissan NV Passenger Competition

Chevrolet Express LS 2500 vs Nissan NV Passenger

The Chevrolet Express LS 2500 employs a 4.8 L V8 engine, which allows the vehicle to have more power and torque than the base variant of Nissan's NV van. Moreover, the Express LS has an upper hand regarding acceleration, cargo volume at 3rd seat row and towing capacity over the NV 3500 Passenger Van.

Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL vs Nissan NV Passenger

First thing, the Ford Transit is a Wagon and thus it has lesser passenger capacity than the Nissan NV Passenger Van. The Ford Transit relies on a 3.7 Liter engine against the 4.0 L V6 engine in the NV van. Consequently, maximum power and torque figure of Transit Wagon is less in comparison to the Nissan's Van. However, the Wagon offers larger interior space at the front and second row, greater cargo capacity and better 0-60 mph acceleration time than the NV 3500 Passenger Van.

GMC Savana LS 2500 vs Nissan NV Passenger

Savana is another close competitor of the Nissan NV Passenger Van and its price and performance are similar to that of the GMC. When compared to the NV 3500, the GMC has better has inferior figures concerning front and rear brake size, overall dimensions, third-row space and cargo capacity.

2017 Nissan NV Passenger Final Verdict

There is no doubt that the 2017 Nissan NV Passenger is one of the best passenger vans available in the market. Moreover, its best-in-class warranty of 5 yrs./100,000 miles enhances the reliability factor. The availability of three trims and 2 engine options offer a wide variety to choose from. The 5.6 L V8 engine employed in the Nissan NV Passenger is among the most powerful in its segment.