The 2018 Nissan NV Passenger is a heavy-duty van that is offered with a choice of V6 or V8 engine and highly customizable seats. This is a solid van for commercial users who need a flexible shuttle vehicle.
Although it is intended to transport people, it’s still a rugged, full-size van with many abilities that buyers demand from this type of vehicle. With a standard V6 engine, the NV Passenger payload capacity is up to 2,800 pounds and towing capacity at 6,200 pounds. Take the V8 model and you’ll get up to 8,700 pounds in towing capacity.
However, the NV comes with some major downsides, such as poor fuel economy and no option for 15 passenger configurations. But if you’re in the market for a large van that can do dual duty transporting a sports team or cargo, the 2018 Nissan NV Passenger is definitely worth your consideration.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Nissan NV Passenger is a full-size van with seating for up to 12 passengers. It comes in single models 3500 with three trim levels: S, SV and SL.
Standard equipment for the base S trim include 17-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, a sliding passenger-side door, power windows and door locks, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, three rows of configurable bench seats, a 5-inch color display, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a two-speaker stereo with a CD player.
The SV trim adds chrome exterior accents, rear parking sensors, a security system, a center console, an eight-way power driver seat, audio controls on the steering wheel, four 12-volt power outlets throughout the cabin, overhead lighting for the passenger rows, and an upgraded six-speaker stereo.
The S and SV models with the V8 engine also get a Class IV towing hitch with a brake controller and extendable tow mirrors.
The 2018 Nissan NV Passenger SL trim is only available with the V8 engine. It also adds front parking sensors, foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery for all rows, NissanConnect mobile apps, a 5.8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, and satellite radio.
One option is available for the SV, the Navigation package, which adds the SL NissanConnect, navigation system, a 5.8-inch display and satellite radio.
The 2018 Nissan NV Passenger is available with a choice of two engines. The base engine is a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. It paired with a five-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.
Available as an option on the S and SV trims, and standard for the SL is a 5.6-liter V8 engine that generates 375 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
With the V6 and an accessory tow hitch receiver, the 2018 Nissan NV Passenger has a maximum tow rating of 6,200 pounds. With the V8 and its standard Class IV tow hitch receiver, the NV has a max tow rating of 8,700 pounds.
The 2018 Nissan NV Passenger interior is highly functional, with small corners and crannies to keep your stuff, including a pull drawer under the driver’s seat. The gauges and controls are very easy to use. But keep in mind, it is a utilitarian cabin, which means a touch of luxury is rarely to be found.
The NV Passenger ride quality is good whether the van is full or empty, and the noise level inside the cabin is surprisingly low at the freeway speed. The seats itself are designed with day trips in mind, and there is a good amount of legroom in front thanks to the to the forward engine placement.
There are 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the fourth row. But if you have a need to carry goods rather than people, you can release the second, third and fourth rows to open 218.9 cubic feet of space. Compared to minivans and SUVs, it’s certainly a lot of space, but the Ram ProMaster Window Van offers up to 459 cubic feet of maximum cargo, while Ford Transit Wagon Van with high-roof/extended-length configuration provides 487 cubes.
Release dates and price
The 2018 Nissan NV Passenger is available at the dealership for purchase now. Key competitors include the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, Ram ProMaster City Window van and Ford Transit wagon.
Official price for the NV Passenger S starts at $35,170. The SV trim priced at $37,120, while the SL trim at $42,020.