What Is the 2015 Nissan NV200?
The 2015 Nissan NV200 is a compact cargo van that competes with the Ford Transit Connect and Ram Cargo Van. It is offered in S and SV trim levels. The larger Nissan NV1500, NV2500 and NV3500 are covered separately on Cars.com.
What's New on the 2015 Nissan NV200?
For 2015, the Nissan NV200 gets a new wide-angle convex spotter mirror view as well as a new transmission and a revised alternator. New optional features include an updated NissanConnect multimedia system, rear sonar and a glass package for the sliding doors.
How Does the 2015 Nissan NV200 Compare to Other Compact Cargo Vans?
While it doesn't exactly stand out, the 2015 Nissan NV200 is noticeably more stylish than the Ford Transit Connect. Unfortunately, that's the only area in which it truly outshines its strongest competitor.
The NV200's 131-horsepower engine is not as powerful as the Transit Connect's standard 169-hp offering, and you can tell the difference, especially when the vehicle is loaded with cargo. Moreover, the NV200 doesn't offer a more powerful option, while the Transit Connect can be had with a 173-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. And while the 2015 NV200's efficiency ratings come in at a respectable EPA-estimated 24/25/24 mpg city/highway/combined, its highway mileage falls behind that of both the 2015 Transit Connect's base (21/29/24) and optional (22/30/25) engines.
Unlike the Ford Transit Connect, the 2015 Nissan NV200 is not offered as a passenger wagon – it's cargo van or bust. This lack of choice extends to the model's size: While the Transit Connect is offered with 104.8- and 120.6-inch wheelbases, the NV200 is available only with a 115.2-inch wheelbase. The Nissan cargo van is also a bit narrower than its Ford counterpart, coming in at 68.1 inches versus 72.2.
The Nissan NV200 offers up to 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than the short-wheelbase Transit Connect (105.9) but less than the long-wheelbase configuration (130.6). In terms of what it can do with that space, the NV200 can accommodate up to 1,500 pounds of payload, which is on par with many compact pickup trucks.
What Features in the 2015 Nissan NV200 Are Most Important?
Every 2015 NV200 is front-wheel drive and comes equipped with a 131-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a next-generation Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission. Other standard drivetrain features include front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, electric-assist power steering, strut front suspension and leaf-spring rear suspension.
Significant standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, all-weather tires, 60/40-split rear doors that can open to 180-degree angles, dual sliding side doors, center console storage, front bucket seats, a flat-folding front passenger seat, power windows and mounting points in the cargo area to accommodate aftermarket shelving and racks. Notable optional features include glass windows for the rear doors, heated side mirrors, power door locks, a navigation system, cruise control, a 5.8-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity.
As required in all vehicles of this model year, the 2015 NV200 comes equipped with antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system. Every NV200 also has standard side-impact and side curtain airbags. A backup camera is optional.
Should I Buy the 2015 Nissan NV200?
The 2015 Nissan NV200 is spartan vehicle, and that's reflected in its interior appointments and tech – which look and feel like they're from a previous-generation Nissan – as well as in its price. The cost, of course, is a merit: This is a budget-friendly cargo van, and it performs its core functions well. But if you're willing and able to pay more for a more comfortable and more capable experience, you might want to consider the Ford Transit Connect.
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