Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 NV200 Cargo SV: A Manageable And Fuel-Efficient Cargo Van

Highlights: The NV200 also offers a taxi cab version and an electric vehicle. Soon Chevy will sell a gasoline version of the NV200.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $23,645 (base model $21,350)

Seating Capacity: Two occupants (and loads of cargo)

Standard Safety Features: airbags (driver, passenger, side and curtain); ABS; electronic brake force distribution; a vehicle dynamic control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; and convex spotter mirrors

Standard Equipment (base model): 15-inch wheels; two cloth seats; fold down passenger seat with back table; cruise control; a/c; power door locks; remote keyless entry system; six-floor mounted cargo hooks; 40/60 split rear cargo doors; and power heated exterior mirrors

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: a rear view camera; satellite radio; a navigation system; full wheel covers; body colored bumpers; back door privacy glass with a defroster; and interior rear mirrors

Other Trim Level:

A Taxi Cab

Standard Audio: A 2-speaker AM/FM audio system

Bluetooth Connectivity: Available

iPod connectivity: Yes                                                                                                                                
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder/131-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage: 24-city/25-hwy

Towing Capacity: none

What’s New: In 2013, the NV200 was a new addition to the brand’s conversion van line up. So, there really are no major changes for the 2014 model year.

Pros: The NV200 is the baby version of Nissan’s larger NV2500/3500 high roof cargo van. The vehicle is available in two trim levels. Unlike the fullsize NV 2500/3500, the NV200 is the right size for delivery services to easily navigate back alleys, negotiate crowded city streets or easily squeeze into tight parking spaces. Delivery drivers, small business owners and/or those seeking a corporate fleet of compact cargo vans will find that the NV200 will fit the bill.

Moreover, with the combination of an 82.8-inch cargo length, a low-cargo floor liftover height of 21.1 inches, flat wheel wells, a 40/60 split rear door and an estimated payload of 1,500 pounds, the NV200 is the perfect replacement for those who are not in need of a fullsize cargo van.

The vehicle provides loads of privacy, too. In fact, because of the windowless rear doors, the cargo vehicle is able to accommodate business signs or logos. There is also room to add cargo racks, partitions and bins.
Furthermore, the NV200 can also be converted to a mobile office on wheels. This feature consists of room for a laptop, writing utensils, a CD holder and cupholders. Added to that, the passenger seat folds down to serve as a work station and/or a lunch table.
Lastly, the NV200, which is been driven by a 4-cylinder engine, rides on a car platform so unlike a typical truck-based conversion van, drivers won’t be worn out from guiding this vehicle around town. And with this being a 4-cylinder engine the NV200 offers the best fuel economy in this limited segment.
Cons:  With all of the rear doors being windowless, this impedes upon the view of the driver, before changing lanes, increasing the chance of an accident. Optional rear privacy windows are available. Moreover, Nissan only offers one powertrain in the NV. Some critics would like to see engineers reconfigure the engine to offer more horsepower.

Verdict: The car-based NV200 is the perfect vehicle for small business owners or fleet companies, seeking a fuel-efficient, easy-to-maneuver and versatile utilitarian conversion van. By the way, its priced right, too.
Competition: Ford Transit Connect and RAM C/V Tradesman