Available in various models: standard and high roof as well as power V6 or V8, the 2018 Nissan NV Cargo is a solid choice for buyers looking for work vans. This meets, even exceeding the average needs of the class in hauling and towing capability.
The Nissan NV Cargo offers 234 cubic feet of cargo space in standard-roof configuration and 323 cubic feet in the high-roof model. The 1500 version with its V6 engine can tow up to 6,900 pounds with a payload capacity over 2,700 pounds, while the 3500 model with the V8 engine can tow up to 9,400 pounds and carries more than 3,800 pounds of cargo.
The downside, the NV Cargo does not offer as many configurations as some competitors, and its fuel economy is poor. But overall, this is a capable option for individuals or businesses for commercial work vans.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Nissan NV Cargo is a full-size van that is available in three models: 1500, 2500 and 3500. The 1500 comes only with a standard roof, while the 2500 and 3500 offer a choice between a standard or high roof. Its all have the same length and wheelbase, but payload capacities and towing capacity increase as you move to higher models. There are three trim levels: S, SV and SL, but the 1500 model is not available with the SL trim.
Standard equipment for the 1500 S trim includes 17-inch steel wheels, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth, 5-inch color display, a USB port, a rearview camera and a two-speaker stereo with a CD player. The 2500 S also adds power-adjustable mirrors, additional cargo lights, two household power outlets, and storage bins under the driver seat and in the rear door.
The 2018 Nissan NV 1500 SV adds rear parking sensors, standard power-adjustable mirrors, trim panels on the cargo walls, a cargo mat, and a four-speaker stereo with redundant steering wheel controls. The 2500 SV also includes additional 12-volt power outlets, cupholders and a center console.
The SL 2500 model adds chrome wheels, chrome exterior trim, heated mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat and a security system.
Opting for the SV and SL trim with V8 engine adds two front tow hooks, extendable tow mirrors, a trailer brake controller and a prewired Class IV receiver hitch. High-roof models add integrated roof-rack mounting points and an overhead console.
Other options include the Back Door Glass package, which adds a rearview mirror and rear windows with defrosters. The Navigation package adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen, navigation, satellite radio, voice recognition and NissanConnect mobile apps. Some features are available as options on various trims.
The 2018 Nissan NV Cargo 1500 model is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. It paired with a five-speed automatic transmission and sent that power to the rear wheels. The 2500 model comes standard with this engine, but also available with a 5.6-liter V8 making 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. It mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The NV 3500 can only be had with V8 engine.
Properly equipped, 2018 Nissan NV Cargo V6 can tow up to 7,000 pounds. The NV 3500 with the standard V8 engine has a maximum tow rating of 9,500 pounds and a max payload capacity of 3,937 pounds.
Although it’s big, the Nissan NV Cargo still a nice handling van. The ride quality is decent, and the engine-forward design allows the driver and passengers to stretch their legs. The V6 engine provides sufficient performance, but the big V8 makes things feel easier.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan NV 3500 with high roof accelerates from zero to 60 mph in impressive 7.5 seconds.
Like most working vans, the 2018 Nissan NV Cargo interior focuses more on utilitarian than luxury. It has a pair of comfortable and supportable front seats, along with easy-to-use gauges and controls. The noise levels are surprisingly quiet, at least for a commercial vehicle, at highway speeds. But, as is common for the class, there is quite a bit of hard, rather cheap-looking plastic throughout the cabin.
The 2018 Nissan NV cargo space has an attachment point that facilitates the installation of shelves, racks, and other equipment. Its low step height makes it easy to loading items. And for transporting goods, there are up to 234 cubic feet of cargo space in standard-roof models and 323 cubic feet in high-roof models.
Release dates and price
The 2018 Nissan NV Cargo is available at the dealership for purchase now. Key competitors include the Ford Transit Van, Ram ProMaster Cargo Van and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker Van.
Official price for the Nissan NV 1500 Cargo S starts at $28,850, while the SV trim at $29,840.
The NV 2500 S V6 standard roof priced at $29,850 and the S V8 at $31,450. The SV V6 cost $30,840, $32,440 for the SV V8 and $31,960 for SL V6. The NV 2500 S V6 high-roof priced at $32,000 and the S V8 at $33,600. The SV V6 cost $32,990, $34,590 for the SV V8 and $34,110 for SL V6.
The NV 3500 S standard roof priced at $33,150, $34,140 for the SV and $35,220 for the SL. The NV 3500 S hihg-roof priced at $35,300, $36,290 for the SV and $37,370 for the SL.