|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2014 Nissan NV200
|SV||2.0L I-4||FWD||CVT||10.4 sec||17.8 sec @ 77.7 mph||24/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|TAXI||2.0L I-4||FWD||CVT||12.6 sec||19.3 sec @ 73 mph||24/25/---- mpg||Motor Week|
2013 Nissan NV200
|SV||2.0L I-4||FWD||CVT||10.1 sec||17.6 sec @ 78.2 mph||24/25/23.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Nissan NV200
The van has been around forever, and they’re not about to disappear. They may not get the mainstream media attention that sports cars get, but to millions of people who need them for their work, the right van can be a business asset—or a debilitating liability. For light loads, the NV200 is definitely an asset.
When you look at the NV200, it does seem a bit small. Its starting price is only $20,720 and you may be excused in thinking that this price has something to do with its limited space. But it actually offers an astounding 122 cubic feet of cargo space, along with a 1500-pound payload capacity.
Inside, there are 6 available D-rings mounted on the floor, which you use to keep your cargo secure instead of rolling about. These things offer 180-degrees of movement, so that you won’t have any trouble tying down the stuff you’re trying to transport. You also have 20 interior integrated cargo mounting points for secure upfitting of cargo racks, partitions and bins.
The rear cargo doors have a 180-degree opening range so there’s no trouble getting things in or out, and for even more space you can fold down the passenger seat.
And if that’s not enough, you also have 6 exterior roof rack-mounting points, although as a driver you may want to be more careful about the stability and handling. You can also get power door locks with the auto-locking feature and remote keyless entry.
The 2.0 liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine is supremely suitable for the task, as it offers just the right amount of power so your gasoline budget isn’t totally wrecked. The NV200 is perfect for city driving with its 131 HP @ 5,200 RPM and 139 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,800 rpm. Its combined city and highway fuel mileage is at a reasonably thrifty 25 miles to the gallon.
It’s actually very easy to drive, and its nimbleness is a welcome relief for drivers used to lumbering transports. The handling allows you to drive hassle-free even in rather narrow streets and packed parking spaces. The turning diameter is an impressive 36.7 feet.
You also have CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), and six standard airbags. You can also get the cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls.
Since Nissan knows you’ll use this for work, they’ve helped make sure you can be as efficient as you are in an office. The front passenger seat folds down and can be used as a work desk, and the armrest can be folded down out of the way. Here you can place your working laptop and get things done.
With the Nissan Connect, you can also use the navigational aids and other apps for map, traffic updates, or for entertainment such as music. For example, the SiriusXM Travel Link offers data on the weather and fuel costs. The Bluetooth connectivity offers a hands free phone system. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio you get news, sports updates, and a whole lot more. You can also get an additional 12-volt DC power outlet in the center console.
You can get the NV200 in black trim, and inside there’s gray cloth interior with vinyl bolster wear patches. You can even arrange for custom branding for your van so that you have a billboard zipping around the city.
The NV200 as a Taxi Service
The Nissan NV200 also functions as a taxi, especially in New York. It seats 4 passengers. The driver seat is covered in cloth that improves ventilation, while the passenger seats are covered in antimicrobial vinyl that resembles leather. The sliding doors offer quick loading. A light goes on when the doors open, and the sliding door is also less of a danger for bikers on the road.
Since passengers invariably need charging stations for their devices, the NV200 offers a 12-volt outlet along with a pair of USB ports. The passengers in the rear get their own climate control zone.
For the cabbie, there’s the nifty standard navigation system so even newcomers won’t get lost, and there’s also a rearview camera just in case the taxi somehow needs to go in reverse.
It’s obvious that the NV200 configuration offers a lot of exciting possibilities. This Nissan workhorse is undoubtedly versatile, and it offers numerous advantages that businesses simply can’t ignore. The driving capabilities, the cargo capacity, the creature comforts, and even the fuel economy all point to a thoroughly modern van that modern workers need.
Things change, but some things remain the same. The Nissan NV200 is a welcome improvement on the van concept, but the need for a reliable transport for cargo never ends. And that’s what the NV200 is really all about.
To learn more about Nissan NV200, visit the official Nissan website.
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