The 2018 Nissan NV200 small cargo vans can maneuver in heavy traffic and slip into a small curbside parking lot that keeps the larger vans circling the block. This Nissan and Chevrolet City Express are also more fuel efficient compared to full-size cargo vans, the EPA estimates it can return 25 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
For light commercial use, the 2018 Nissan NV200 is highly capable. Its small van cargo would be fit to hold a full-size standard palette between the rear wheels and carry nearly 1,500 pounds of whatever payload you need to transport it. It is also one of the most affordable cargo vans on the market today.
But the NV200 is not without its flaws. Its performance is crummy, some rivals offer optional engine upgrade, and its practical interior is a big drawback. Most other small cargo vans also offer more interior space. However, if you need an affordable cargo van, the 2018 Nissan NV200 is worth a try.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Nissan NV200 is a two-passenger compact cargo van that designed for commercial use. It’s available in S and SV trims. The S is sparsely equipped but has an affordable price to compensate, while the SV is more upscale and can be filled with more optional features.
Standard equipment for the base S model includes 15-inch steel wheels, sliding side doors, wide-angle spotter mirrors and 40/60-split swing-out rear cargo doors. Inside, you’ll get power windows and door locks, air conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, vinyl and cloth upholstery, a fold-flat passenger seat, a rearview camera, a two-speaker audio system, a USB input, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch color display for controlling phone and audio functions. Rear parking sensors and cruise control are optional.
The SV adds keyless entry, heated power mirrors, six cargo area tie-down hooks, cruise control and an additional rear 12-volt power outlet. Options for the SV include a Navigation package that adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, navigation, voice controls, satellite radio and smartphone app integration.
Optional on both the S and SV trim is a rear defroster, a rear parking sensor, an interior rearview mirror, right-hand side and rear door windows with privacy glass and wire mesh guards.
The 2018 Nissan NV200 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. That power sent to the front wheel through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Thanks to its car-based foundation, the 2018 Nissan NV200 is easy to drive. Despite its name sharing, it differs from truck-based NV Passenger vans and Cargo. If you’re used to a big, slow plumber van, it will seem like a revelation, since you can more easily park and maneuver around the city. But, the NV200’s small four-cylinder engine isn’t the most powerful in its class, and there’s no option as in the Ford Transit Connect. In full payload, the 2018 Nissan NV200 acceleration will not be swift and the braking distance will be substantial.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan NV200 SV accelerates from zero to 60 mph in full 10 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy has increased slightly this year to 25 mpg combined (24 city/26 highway). Maximum payload capacity is 1,480 pounds.
Inside, the 2018 Nissan NV200 is long enough to carry a 6-foot ladder, wide enough to hold standard 48-inch pallet between the rear wheels, and nearly 4.5 feet tall. Nissan has provided standard integrated mounting points to allow the installation of shelves and racks without the need to drill the van walls. That should give the driver an easy way to organize and secure their tools and supplies. The SV also features a six cargo tie-down points for more versatility.
The passenger seat has an under seat storage space, and the backrest can be folded down to increase cargo space or use as a flat table, whether to use the laptop or catch a quick lunch. The steering wheel doesn’t telescope, which might make it more difficult to find a comfortable driving position. Except for the available NissanConnect infotainment system, there is little convenience here. That may not be your priority, but many competitors offer more complete interior features.
The 2018 Nissan NV200 offers 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space, with a maximum payload of 1,480 pounds. That’s great, but other rivals usually do a little better. In comparison, the Ram ProMaster City offers 131.7 cubic feet of space and a 1,883 pounds payload.
Release dates and price
The 2018 Nissan NV200 is available at the dealership for purchase now. Key competitors include the Ford Transit Connect, Ram ProMaster City and Mercedes-Benz Metris Minivan. Official price for the Nissan NV200 S starts at $21,900, while the SV trim at $22,900.