What Is It?
2013 Nissan NV200
What's Special About It?
"Every once in a while, Nissan gives us something so close to being French I can't help but love it." So says our photographer as we're walking by the all-new 2013 Nissan NV200. The NV200, the new compact cargo van from Nissan, is decidedly European in appearance, efficiency and function.
Sitting between, and powering, the front wheels of the 2013 Nissan NV200 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the NV200 is good for 24 city and 25 highway mpg.
As this is slightly underpowered compared with the massive V8 vans Americans are used to doing business with, the NV200 also has a lower overall payload: 1,500 pounds in S-model trim. The NV has a low cargo floor (19.5 inches) and can accommodate a standard 40-by-48-inch pallet in its 122.7-cubic-foot storage bay. Accessing this area is done via either two sliding doors on the sides or two 60/40 barn doors out back.
As this is a work truck, the inside is sparse. It's got power windows, a couple of 12-volt power points and an AM/FM/CD player with aux input. Bluetooth, navigation and a rearview monitor are optional.
The 2013 Nissan NV200 goes on sale in April at Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers for a starting price of $19,990. You can order it in Blue Onyx, Brilliant Silver, Red Brick, Super Black and Fresh Powder which, we assume, is white.
What Edmunds Says: Both Nissan and Ford are banking on small commercial vans taking off in the U.S. We don't see why it won't happen.
Base Price: $19,990
Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4
Power: 131 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm, 139 pound-feet @ 4,800 rpm
Fuel Mileage: 24 city/25 highway
Length: 186.3 inches
Width: 68.1 inches
Height: 73.7 inches
Wheelbase: 115.2 inches
Curb weight: 3,210 pounds (S model)