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2021 Nissan Nv
Select a Different Model (14 Available): 1500 S Standard Roof Cargo Van
Fuel Economy $ 13 / 18 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 234 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 2/2
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  • Easy road manners
  • Massive cargo capacity
  • Decent amenities in passenger configuration


  • V-8 engine thirsts for fuel
  • Slow acceleration with V-6
  • Lacks technology and driver assist features

Carrying a lot of people or a bunch of stuff is the Nissan NV's business. On account of its boxed frame chassis, RWD layout, and available V-8 engine, it's a bit like a pickup truck wearing a commercial van costume. Also like a pickup truck, it's extremely capable, offering space for up to 12 passengers or over 300 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Simple, stripped down, and to the point, the Nissan NV is ready to load up and roll out.

What's New

  • Built-in navigation standard on the cargo 3500 SV and SL trims; passenger SV trim

What We Think

For all the things that commercial vans do, driving nicely isn't often one of them. That's not the case with the Nissan NV. Over its year in our long-term test fleet we found this van to handle nicely and feel planted, boosting our confidence behind the wheel. It's best when weighed down with cargo; otherwise, the ride can get bouncy. The available V-8 engine has plenty of power and makes a nice, burly rumble. However, it also has a serious thirst for fuel.

Ultimately the NV's purpose is to hold a lot of stuff, and it does that with aplomb. We used the NV to haul tires to our Best Driver's Car competition, move apartments, and even as an impromptu campsite. The high load floor was a slight impediment, but we found the NV to be massively useful. Its relatively low cost makes it a decent value consideration, too.

Is Nissan Discontinuing the NV?

Nissan is in something of a tumultuous state these days. Between leadership shakeups and stale products, changes had to be made. Among those was the decision to cancel the NV lineup. Nissan says this venerated van will cease production in the summer of 2021. Although some may be disappointed in that decision, it'll help allocate resources to new, better-executed, and more exciting products from Nissan.

What Is the Nissan NV200?

For better or worse, the NV is humongous. Some drivers just don't want or need all that space. That's why Nissan builds the NV200. It's a compact commercial van meant for smaller tasks and easy driving in dense urban areas. It's only offered in cargo van configuration, and its low load floor makes packing stuff inside easy. Despite having a four-cylinder engine, the NV200 is surprisingly capable even when loaded with cargo. Read more about the Nissan NV200 here.

Engines: V-6 vs. V-8

All NV models are RWD. The standard engine, found in the NV 1500, is a 4.0-liter V-6 producing 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, connected to a five-speed automatic transmission.

A 5.6-liter V-8 making 375 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque is available, and it pairs to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It's optional on the NV 2500 and standard on the NV 3500. In MotorTrend testing, this engine enabled 0-60 mph times between 8.4 and 9.1 seconds. Over its year in our long-term test fleet, the NV 2500 averaged 14 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

Passenger Van Capacity

In passenger van configuration, the NV provides seating for 12 occupants between four rows. The second, third, and fourth rows are split-folding and removable, while the front passenger seat folds flat to make a work space. With all of this, Nissan claims there are 324 possible seat configurations. Each row is equipped with air vents and cupholders, and leather seating surfaces and ceiling-mounted reading lights are available.

Cargo Van Capacity

The NV cargo van has two seats up front, and the area behind is made as open and spacious as possible. With its standard roof height, cargo capacity measures 234.1 cubic feet. Choosing the high-roof model increases space to 323.1 cubic feet. Both body styles include six floor-mounted D-ring tie-downs, and tough paneling on the inside walls is available. The cargo floor is large enough to accommodate 10-foot pipes or 4-by-8-foot drywall sheets. Also handy are the magnetic fasteners that hold the rear doors open.


A 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard. Oddly, the upgrade infotainment system is smaller, measuring 5.8 inches. The NV is equipped with Bluetooth, one USB port, and an auxiliary input jack; built-in navigation is optional or included depending on trim.

Trim Levels

2021 Nissan NV Cargo S

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Black grille, bumpers, door handles
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Cloth seating surfaces

2021 Nissan NV Cargo SV

  • 17-inch styled steel wheels
  • Power-adjustable side mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Rear cargo floor liner

2021 Nissan NV Cargo SL

  • 17-inch chromed steel wheels
  • Chrome grille, bumpers, door handles
  • Two 12-volt DC power outlets, two 120-volt 400-watt power outlets
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat with slide-out storage bin

2021 Nissan NV Passenger S

  • Manually adjustable, black-finished side mirrors
  • Side window privacy tint
  • Driver's seat slide-out storage bin
  • Air vents in all rows of seats

2021 Nissan NV Passenger SV

  • 17-inch chromed steel wheels
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Power-adjustable, chrome-finished side mirrors

2021 Nissan NV Passenger SL

  • Leather-trimmed seating surfaces
  • Built-in navigation
  • Front parking sensors
  • Dual-zone front climate control

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$500 Nissan announces a Customer Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021