2012 Nissan NV Cargo

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Nissan NV Cargo. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Versatility and comfort
  • Pickup truck-like cabin
  • Many standard features on base model
  • Cargo space with high-top roof
  • 9,500-pound tow rating
  • Driver and passenger seat legroom

The Bad

  • Controversial styling
  • No integrated trailer brake control system
  • No diesel engine offered

Notable Features of the 2012 Nissan NV Cargo

  • Cargo or 12-passenger van
  • High roof or standard roof
  • Nissan's first commercial vehicle
  • 261-hp V-6 or 317-hp V-8
  • Available Nissan Fleet Tracker system

2012 Nissan NV Cargo Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The NV is Nissan's first attempt at gaining a share in the full-size commercial van category. Offered in either normal or high-top body styles, the NV is a new contestant in the class that's been dominated by Ford's E-Series and GM's Express and Safari commercial vans.

The Nissan NV is available in three versions: 1500, 2500HD and 3500HD.

Apart from being offered in cargo van spec, the NV 3500HD can be ordered as a standard-roof passenger van providing room for up to 12 passengers.

Exterior
The NV  has the front of a pickup truck and the back of a cargo van. Buyers have the choice of two body styles for the cargo van: a high-top roof or standard roof.  The side door, located on the passenger side, slides open to provide more than 40 inches of accessibility to the rear cargo area. That's wide enough for a forklift to load a pallet into the NV.  The low step-entry height makes it easier to load cargo and for passengers to enter the cabin. Toward the rear, two doors swing out to a securable 90 degrees and can swing wider to open to 243 degrees. Nissan integrated mounted door magnets to prevent the cargo doors from shutting due to strong wind gusts or uneven terrain. Exterior features include:

  • Standard-roof NV models fit in most garages and through most drive-through lanes
  • Standard 17-inch steel wheels, available chrome and silver painted wheels (NV Passenger Van)
  • Available chrome bumper and side mirrors
  • Available privacy g...
Vehicle Overview

The NV is Nissan's first attempt at gaining a share in the full-size commercial van category. Offered in either normal or high-top body styles, the NV is a new contestant in the class that's been dominated by Ford's E-Series and GM's Express and Safari commercial vans.

The Nissan NV is available in three versions: 1500, 2500HD and 3500HD.

Apart from being offered in cargo van spec, the NV 3500HD can be ordered as a standard-roof passenger van providing room for up to 12 passengers.

Exterior
The NV  has the front of a pickup truck and the back of a cargo van. Buyers have the choice of two body styles for the cargo van: a high-top roof or standard roof.  The side door, located on the passenger side, slides open to provide more than 40 inches of accessibility to the rear cargo area. That's wide enough for a forklift to load a pallet into the NV.  The low step-entry height makes it easier to load cargo and for passengers to enter the cabin. Toward the rear, two doors swing out to a securable 90 degrees and can swing wider to open to 243 degrees. Nissan integrated mounted door magnets to prevent the cargo doors from shutting due to strong wind gusts or uneven terrain. Exterior features include:

  • Standard-roof NV models fit in most garages and through most drive-through lanes
  • Standard 17-inch steel wheels, available chrome and silver painted wheels (NV Passenger Van)
  • Available chrome bumper and side mirrors
  • Available privacy glass

Interior
Designers at Nissan took the idea of a "mobile office" to the next level. Standard features include boxed wheel wells, a rear-door storage compartment and a large, versatile center console that features space for hanging files inside. There are many convenient storage spaces throughout the NV's interior, including ones under the seats, hidden in the driver's seat corner and overhead in vans equipped with the high roof. The NV's front cabin looks more trucklike, providing passengers with more space. Nissan also offers a few high-tech options available on the NV, including Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, touch-screen navigation system and Fleet Tracker, a 24/7 support service that tracks stolen vehicles and can notify the owner if the NV's burglar alarm is set off.

Buyers that opt for the NV passenger van get seating for up to 12. There are various power outlets throughout the cabin and a total of seven available ceiling-mounted reading lights. 

Interior features include:

  • Standard roof provides up to 234.1 cubic feet of cargo room; high roof offers 320.1 cubic feet
  • Standard heavy-duty waterproof vinyl seats
  • Available heated leather seats (passenger van)
  • Fits up to two 40-by-48-inch pallets (cargo van)
  • Six standard floor-mounted D-rings for securing cargo (cargo van)
  • Available Adrian Steel commercial shelving (cargo van)
  • Available cargo lighting with three dome lights (cargo van)
  • Available 12- and 120-volt outlets
  • Fold-flat passenger seat provides a desk-like surface
  • Available cruise control
  • Available touch-screen navigation/audio center with iPod integration, USB input and satellite radio

Under the Hood
Two engines are available for the rear-wheel-drive NV. The NV 1500 and 2500HD come standard with a 4.0-liter V-6 that puts out 261 horsepower and 281 pounds-feet of torque. Standard on the 3500HD and optional on the 2500HD is a 5.6-liter V-8 that makes 317 hp and 385 pounds-feet of torque. Both are mated to a standard five-speed automatic transmission.  Mechanical features include:

  • Available towing kit for V-8-powered NV allows for up to 9,500 pounds of towing
  • Available towing kit for V-6-powered NV allows for up to 7,000 pounds of towing
  • Heavy-duty brakes
  • Runs on regular gas

Safety
The NV passenger van features eight standard airbags and integrated seat belts.
Safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Available backup camera
  • Available side impact airbags
  • Available side curtain airbags
  • Standard traction control and stability control

Latest 2012 NV Cargo Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

EXHAUST

by JB from FC,VA on September 4, 2017

EXHAUST RUSTED @56000 MI. NISSAN LAUGHS, YOU MUST SPEND $2500.00 MIN FOR NEW EXHAUST. SO MUCH FOR EXTENDED WARRANTY 7/70000. Read full review

(4.0)

Great cargo van

by Archer from Jacksonville, FL on December 29, 2014

Great cargo van. the V6 engine is powerful. Drives smooth, quiet, comfortable. Good looking exterior. Cons: - Gas mileage too low: only 15MPG on hwy, 9MPG in city (not posted anywhere.) - No glass ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Nissan NV Cargo currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Nissan NV Cargo has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Nissan
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The NV Cargo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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