Best Work Van Ever
July 19, 2013
Nissan is currently light years ahead of GM, Ford & Dodge in van design. (That is about to change as Ford & Dodge will be coming out with new redesigns this fall.)
Nissan's website says they did years of research before building this van & it shows. If you use your van for daily work you will appreciate all the features that will make your life easier.
The high roof model is a godsend- no more duck walking in the back. A 6 foot tall person can stand up easily. Getting in the van is easy because of the grab handles at every door including the cargo & passenger areas.
The passenger area has a center console that extends out for a nice working desk. Inside the console is a 110V & 12 volt outlet for your laptop to plug in. There is an inverter that gives you the 110 volt. The SV model also has a 110V outlet a the back door also. The passenger seat will fold forward & the back is flat & will make into more work space for a printer,etc.
The seating is very comfortable. The SV model has all the seat adjust that you can imagine. If you get a partition put in, make sure you ask for the MAX COMFORT WING KIT. It extends the partition 3" back into the cargo area & gives you more legroom. This is very important if you are 6 foot tall or taller.
The dash has a computer that gives you a digital readout on estimated miles before running out of gas, average MPG, tire pressure, maintenance reminders, trip odometer, etc.
This van has a rear sonar system that alerts you when backing if you get too close to something.
One thing Nissan does not tell you is that it has an in cabin air filter. It does not come standard with the filter element but you can purchase one at a local auto parts store for a few bucks. The filter compartment is located behind the glove box. Ask the auto parts store for the filter element that fits the Nissan GTR. They are the same.
I drove a V6 engine model & it has good power. I wound up buying the V8 because I tow a 6000 lb trailer. The V8 has more than enough power for towing heavy loads. If you get the tow pkg. it has a "tow mode" switch that programs the computer to tell the transmission to shift at higher RPM's for better power while towing. The tow pkg also includes a 2" receiver hitch rated for 10,000 lbs, a 7 pin connector for your trailer that is pre-wired and a pigtail connector under the dash for easy hook up of your brake controller. The other end of the brake controller quick connect is also included in your glove box for wiring the brake controller.
If you tow heavy loads, Nissan & GM will be your only choices with a V8 engine very soon. Ford & Dodge's new designs will only offer V6 engines.
If you are handy & do any of your own mechanic work you will love the fact that the engine is mounted forward instead of under the passenger compartment. No more doghouse means more legroom. It also means you don't have to be a contortionist to work on the engine. You won't have to take the front wheels off just to change spark plugs like on my Chevy. There is so much room under the hood that you could get lost in there! You can actually put your hands between the engine & firewall & side panels. There is plenty of room to work on things & everything is easy to reach. You may require a small step ladder though as the engine & hood are a bit high off the ground.
This van drives & rides smooth. The turning radius is much better than on my Chevy van. I'm not as worried when I have to pull into tight spots.
The cargo area is great. There are many pre-drilled & tapped screw holes in the side panels to mount shelving & accessories to the walls & roof. There are also 6 D rings flush mounted in the floor to tie down equipment or heavy loads. I also appreciate that the side door slides back instead of swings out. It's easier to get into the back when in a tight parking spot.. The rear doors swing open completely & have magnets in them that fasten to the side panels of the van. This prevents wind from blowing the open do