Purchased 9/26/11 . No technology option. Got rear window package, floor mats package and side air bag package. Gas mileage is based on your driving habits. I drive speed limit and do not accelerate quickly. Get about 16.5 to 17 mpg in city and on flat highway, no wind, going 65 mph I get 21 mpg. This is with no shelving or cargo in back.
The inovations are great. See the ads .
Van is more quite on hwy and city roads compared to Ford E250. Stereo is so so. Cab area is good. Lots of room to stow your stuff out of sight.
Drives like a truck not like a van. After installing shelves and cargo van drives smoother and you don't feel the bumps as much. Don't know how reliable it is yet.
Cab space and fold down passenger seat. More space in cargo area. 273 degree rear doors. Rear sonar is great ! You can take this van into an automatic car wash ! Engine hood is great. No arm to hold up engine hood!
I can stretch my legs out completely while on a long drive.
V6 has good power on hwy when passing. Van drives like a truck. I got a comment from someone that thought it was a "pimped out van".
I've been operating a 2007 utility body 4dr pick-up truck for 5 years.
The Knapied utility body construction has let me down (door gaskets leak, locks failing, bins holding water after a hard rain, etc.).
Overall fuel economy peaking at an ugly 10mpg.
Time for a change.
Wonder how the 5.6L, V-8 will fare in fuel milege.
The NV has caught my undivided interest.
Seriouisly looking at the lowtop SV 5.6 liter V-8.
Don't really nead the technology package but all other options are a must and the SV package offers it all.
Cost comparison to the Sprinter Van fares well.
My last cargo van product (huge dog house up front, offering no leg room) does no compare to the NV offering and pick-up like ride.
With the ladder rack on the low top model the use of an automated car wash is not an option.
Fuel "ecomomy" is certainly better than my previous work vehicle.
Loaded (Adrian Steel bin system, safety partition, 3-bar ladder rack, tools and ladder, I am getting 14.0 mpg (mostly stop-n-go and some short jaunts on the interstate).
Smooth ride for sure.
The 5.6L, V-8, NV2500SV HD is well appointed and worth ever penny.
Bin system was well thought out by Adrian Steel as there are countless items that can be added overtime in order to meet ever changing storage needs.
I optioned for gray exterior.
Everybody seems to go with the ever popular "white" service van.
Customers and fellow contractors are curious and very impressed all in the same.
Advice - go dealer hopping to work your best price because the Sprinter van is about the only competing work van at the moment and they cost more and are not nearly as comfortable a ride.
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