The 2021 Nissan NV200 is a compact cargo van that could be perfect for your business. The compact van class has been growing as an attractive alternative to full-size vans. A good compact commercial van can give you all of the space you need in a more efficient, more maneuverable, more affordable package.
Let’s take a look at the Nissan NV200 and see if it’s right for you.
What’s New for 2021?
Cruise control is now standard on every NV200 and rear parking sensors are now standard on the SV trim. See the 2021 Nissan NV200 models for sale near you
What We Like
- Affordable pricing
- Good fuel economy
- Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Drives like a car
- Roomy, but not too big
- Great warranty
What We Don’t
- Only one engine option and one wheelbase
- No passenger van option
- Not as high-tech as some competitors
$23,530 to $24,580
The 2021 Nissan NV200 only has one engine available under the hood. It’s a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. According to the EPA, this engine returns 24 city/26 highway/25 combined mpg. That’s on par with this van’s closest competitors; the Ford Transit Connect (with the base engine) and the Ram ProMaster City.
Every Nissan NV200 is front-wheel drive and uses an Xtronic CVT automatic transmission.
Standard Features & Options
With only one wheelbase, one roof height, one engine, and two trims available, the 2021 Nissan NV200 is an easy van to shop for. Just pick between the two trims; the base S model or the more loaded SV.
The NV200 S ($23,530) is a simple work van that has everything you need, plus a little extra. Standard features include a 7-inch NissanConnect infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, a backup camera, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, adjustable driver’s seat lumbar support, cloth seats with vinyl wear patches, hill-start assist, a fold-down passenger seat with a tray table in the seatback, a 12-volt power outlet, a mobile office center console, 60/40 split rear cargo doors that can open up to 180 degrees, dual sliding doors, six roof rack mounting points, and 20 cargo mounting points.
If you upgrade to the NV200 SV ($24,580) you’ll get some more creature comforts without breaking the bank. Features include rear parking sensors, heated, power-adjustable mirrors, painted mirror caps, a painted rear bumper, a chrome grille, 5-spoke hubcaps, remote keyless entry, and an additional 12-volt power outlet.
A few additional available options include a vehicle tracking and recovery system, an emergency road kit, all-season floor mats, windows for the rear doors and sliding doors, and a few other odds and ends.
The NV200 boasts cargo capacity of 122.7 cubic feet and a payload rating of 1,480 lbs. By comparison, the short-wheelbase Ford Transit Connect cargo van has 104.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity and the Ram ProMaster City can hold up to 131.7 cubic feet. The Ford has a payload rating of 1,510 lbs and the Ram’s is 1,890.
As of this writing, neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the 2021 Nissan NV200. Some of this van’s standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist, stability control, and six airbags. Rear parking sensors are added if you upgrade to the SV trim.
Behind the Wheel
One of the things people love about compact cargo vans is the car-like driving experience. When you’re behind the wheel of the 2021 Nissan NV200, it can be easy to forget that you’re driving a commercial van. It has the maneuverability and driving dynamics of small car while providing the generous cargo space of a van.
The small footprint of the NV200 makes it a breeze for making runs and deliveries around town. A full-size van can be a pain to park on city streets, but a small van like this Nissan can easily squeeze into a lot more parking spaces. It also has a tight turning radius and agile handling that makes it much more manageable in city driving than its full-size counterparts. Not to mention better fuel economy.
The sole four-cylinder engine option in the NV200 is fine for the work that it needs to do. It might feel underpowered if you have a heavy load in the back, but it has enough guts to get the job done. The power and torque are adequate and the fuel economy is tied for best-in-class.
The interior is light on frills, even in the nicer SV trim, but we love the standard infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This is the only compact cargo van that comes standard with those connectivity features. That means that anyone with an Android or iOS device can get navigation in any 2021 NV200 which can be a game-changer if you’re going to use this van for deliveries.
Other Cars to Consider
2021 Ford Transit Connect — The Ford Transit Connect is a class leader in compact cargo vans. There are two wheelbases, two engine options, modern safety and connectivity tech, and a passenger van option with three trims. Also, it just looks and feels more modern than the NV200, but it’s a bit more expensive.
2021 Ram ProMaster City — The Ram ProMaster City is another affordable option in compact cargo vans. This one also has a passenger van option, but like the NV200, there’s one engine and one wheelbase available. The ProMaster City is a class leader in cargo volume and horsepower.
2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris — The Metris is a midsize commercial van with two wheelbases available. It has more space than the NV200, but that extra space comes at a cost. If a compact van is too small and a full-size van is too big, the Metris could be just right.
Used Ford Transit — The fantastic current generation of the full-size Ford Transit launched for the 2015 model year. Used examples with some miles on them can be had at a price point similar to a new NV200. If you think a compact van might not be big enough, a used Transit is worth a test drive.
The 2021 Nissan NV200 is a great compact cargo van for anyone looking for a practical workhorse on a budget. It may be pretty limited on configuration options, but it’s the most affordable van in its segment and it’s good on gas making it a practical choice.
The S model offers enough for most businesses and we love that it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the SV is still so affordable that it’s a worthwhile upgrade. The SV looks a little nicer, has a few more creature comforts, and rear parking sensors are really nice to have, especially if you don’t have any rear windows. Find a Nissan NV200 for sale