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2020 Nissan NV200 Review

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author photo by Autotrader October 2019

The 2020 Nissan NV200 is offered as a small urban runabout that's great for budget-conscious small businesses, as it offers an economical way to move goods and provide services without the big price tag or fuel bills of a full-size van. Easy to own and operate, the NV200 has a deceptively large cargo hold that can be configured to suit just about any need.

Built on the same platform as Nissan's compact cars, the NV200 provides nimble handling and a smooth ride, along with a relatively tight turning radius and diminutive dimensions that allow it to maneuver through narrow alleys and to park in the smallest spaces. Competing with the likes of the Ford Transit Connect and the Ram ProMaster City, the NV200 offers excellent fuel economy, a roomy 122.7-cu ft. cargo bay (about 10 cu ft. smaller than the ProMaster City and about 27 cu ft. smaller than the segment-leading long-wheelbase Transit Connect) and a host of innovative features designed around the needs of the small-business owner. Factor in the best standard warranty of any commercial van (5-year/100,000-mile limited and powertrain) and it's easy to see why the NV200 continues to be a competitive offering here in 2020.

What's New for 2020?

The NV200 gets some subtle but welcome enhancements for 2020. There's a new 7-in touchscreen infotainment system with standard Sirius Satellite Radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The base NV200 S now comes standard with a body-colored front bumper. Finally, six wall-mounted D-ring tie-down points and three ceiling-mounted cargo lamps are standard for the cargo area as well. See the 2020 Nissan NV200 models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Generous cargo volume
  • Low base price
  • Good fuel economy
  • Manageable size
  • Carlike driving
  • Dynamics
  • Excellent warranty

What We Don't

  • Not as fresh or as high-tech as the Transit Connect
  • Lacks the muscle and space of full-size vans

How Much?

$23,725-$26,000

Fuel Economy

The NV200 is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the NV200 achieves a fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving. Not bad for a work vehicle.

Standard Features & Options

The 2020 Nissan NV200 is available in two different trim levels: S and SV.

The S trim ($23,725) comes standard with 15-in steel wheels, cloth upholstery with vinyl wear patches, adjustable driver lumbar support, power windows, power door locks, hill-start assist, a 12-volt outlet in the center console, a trip computer, a fold-down passenger seat with a seatback tray table, Nissan's mobile-office center console (which includes laptop and hanging file-folder storage, a pen/pencil tray, a CD holder and dual cup holders), 60/40-split rear cargo doors that open up to 180 degrees, 20 interior cargo mounting points, six exterior roof rack mounting points, a rearview camera and that new 7.0-in touchscreen infotainment system with Sirius XM radio capability and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The SV ($24,725) adds power-heated mirrors, power locks, keyless entry, cruise control and an additional 12-volt power point.

Options available for the NV200 include NissanConnect with navigation, rear sonar parking assist, cruise control, and glass windows for the rear and side doors.

The NV200's standard dual-sliding side doors make the cargo area accessible from either side of the vehicle. The vehicle's rear barn doors are split 60/40, with the wider door on the curb side to ease loading and unloading. Both doors open up to 180 degrees so they won't get in the way. A 90-degree detent is also provided.

Nissan's compact van owes its cargo capacity of 122.7 cu ft. to the unique extended body for North American models. Elsewhere in the world, the NV200 is 7.9 inches shorter. By comparison, the Ford Transit Connect long wheelbase model offers 149 cu ft. and the RAM ProMaster City offers 131.7 cu ft. of cargo space. Nissan estimates payload for the NV200 at 1,480 pounds.

Safety

The NV200 comes standard with 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability control and six airbags (front, side and side-curtain). Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested an NV200.

Behind the Wheel

The NV200's cabin features no-nonsense materials and controls. There's nothing that looks or feels luxurious but we suspect most buyers in this segment are prioritizing durability and functionality over comfort. Hardworking drivers will appreciate the standard adjustable lumbar support and vinyl wear patches should extend the shelf life of the cloth upholstery. The no-frills knobs and buttons feel sturdy and are intuitively laid out.

On the road, the NV200's carlike unibody construction is apparent. Beyond the fact that you're unlikely to forget that you have a massive cargo box behind you, the NV200 essentially drives like a car. The steering is light yet precise and the suspension swallows bumps with none of the harshness and clatter you get in larger, trucklike work vans. Plus, if you need to make deliveries, the NV200's compact footprint means you can park it just about anywhere as this van is smaller than many crossover SUVs.

If the NV200 has a weakness, it's the mandatory 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. While adequate, it's nothing to write home about. European buyers can specify a turbodiesel 4-cylinder and we think utility-minded Americans would appreciate the diesel's superior torque off the line. However, Nissan reps tell us that it was too expensive to get the diesel certified in this country, so the gas-powered 4-cylinder is all we get. Fortunately, its 139 lb-ft of torque manages to scoot the little NV along with reasonable authority and the gearless CVT delivers eerily smooth acceleration. The 24 mpg city fuel economy is a nice perk, too.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 Ford Transit Connect -- The similar Transit Connect can haul more cargo than the NV200 and it offers more power and more configurations, including a passenger van version. The NV200, however, is less expensive.

2020 Ram ProMaster City -- The ProMaster City has more power and can be configured as a passenger van as well. The ProMaster City costs more than the NV200 but the Nissan has better city fuel-economy figures.

2020 Nissan Frontier -- The Frontier is super old but it's also the least expensive pickup on the market. Compared to the NV, the Frontier offers greater capability, added power and more features. If you're considering the NV but thinking that a pickup could make sense for your needs as well, the Frontier is the most economical truck there is.

Used Chevrolet Express Cargo Van -- A 2010-2017 Chevrolet Express model can be had for about the same price as a new NV200, offering more interior room in exchange for weaker fuel economy.

Autotrader's Advice

The NV200 is a no-frills work van. Its passenger-car roots make it great for city driving with regard to both maneuverability and fuel economy. While it won't be appropriate for heavy-duty applications (Nissan offers the full-size NV to fill that role), the NV is great for making short-distance deliveries and getting goods from point A to point B. While it's a pretty humble little van, the NV's low price and class-leading warranty set it apart. Also, the new addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for 2020 means employees and delivery drivers can port navigation directions from their phone straight to the vehicle's infotainment screen. The NV's two available trim levels are separated by just $1,000, so it's up to you to determine if the added features of the SV are worth the extra coin over the basic S trim. We're inclined to say they are. Find a Nissan NV200 for sale

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