2021 Nissan NV Passenger

MSRP range: $36,860 - $43,610
MSRP$38,355
Edmunds suggests you pay$36,959

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2021 Nissan NV Passenger Review

  • Simple model and options structure
  • Multiple seating configurations
  • Easy-to-use cabin controls
  • Feels solid and easy to drive on the road
  • No 15-passenger option like some rivals
  • Not as fuel-efficient as others in the class
  • Hard plastic on armrest areas
  • Navigation now standard on SV trim level
  • Part of the first NV generation introduced for 2012

With the dawn of minivans in the early 1980s, the full-size passenger van, based on boxed-ladder truck frames, seemed doomed. And, mostly, it was. Large passenger vans remained fringe vehicles relegated to work crews, church groups, and buyers who wanted pint-size RVs. But with advances in fuel economy, comfort and tech, and the advent of a wandering subculture of digital nomads, the big passenger van is back in a big way.

The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger remains a favorite in the rekindled van market thanks to its strong engines, robust towing capability and smart, value-oriented pricing. With a choice of V6 or V8 engine, the NV Passenger can tow between 6,200 and 8,700 pounds. Inside, the seats that make up its three rear rows can be removed or configured in multiple ways, adjusting for cargo, carrying long items, or easiest entry and exit. Even the front passenger seat can fold flat for added versatility. And while its dash and cabin materials feel dated, the controls are large and easy to access and operate.

The NV's limitations may dissuade some buyers, however. While its Ford, Ram and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter rivals can seat up to 15 passengers, the NV offers room for just 12. The NV also comes with a bare minimum of driver assistance features (front and rear parking sensors are about as good as it gets here) and a rudimentary infotainment system and only offers rear-wheel drive. Ford and Mercedes both offer optional all-wheel drive.

But the NV fits the bill as an all-around van adept at carrying passengers and cargo and pulling a trailer or boat, and does it at an attractive price. If you can live with some of its old tech and no-frills cabin quality, the NV Passenger makes a compelling option.

Which NV Passenger does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you need to stick to a strict bottom-line budget, we say skip the base S trim and opt for the SV. While the S comes with a decent list of standard features, the SV offers more tech, comfort and convenience, and a splash of style. For about $2,500 more, you get a power-adjustable driver's seat, center console, rear overhead lighting, navigation system, additional power outlets, more speakers, rear parking sensors, and chrome-finished wheels, bumpers and other exterior trim. If you need the V8 engine, however, your only choice is the top-trim SL.

Nissan NV Passenger models

The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger van is a rear-wheel-drive full-size van with seating for up to 12 passengers. (The two-passenger NV Cargo van is reviewed separately.) It comes in one payload designation, NV3500 HD, and three trim levels — S, SV and SL — with a choice of two engines.

The S and SV use a 4.0-liter V6 (261 horsepower, 281 lb-ft of torque) paired with a five-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. The SL comes standard with a 5.6-liter V8 (375 hp, 387 lb-ft) joined to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The base S trim comes with three rows of configurable bench seats and essential features that include:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Power-adjustable side mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rearview camera
  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Four-speaker stereo

The SV trim adds more meaningful features such as:

  • 17-inch chrome-finished steel wheels
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Center console
  • Passenger-row overhead lighting
  • 5.8-inch touchscreen display
  • Navigation system
  • NissanConnect mobile apps
  • Satellite radio
  • Two additional 12-volt power outlets
  • Two 120-volt outlets
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • Security system
  • Rear parking sensors

The SL rounds out the lineup with:

  • Foglights
  • Heated, extendable side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (front passengers)
  • Front parking sensors
  • Tow hitch (Class IV)
  • Trailer harness
  • Front tow hooks

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger.



Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$36,860
MPG & Fuel
N/A City / N/A Hwy / N/A Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 28.0 gal. capacity
Seating
12 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 261 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 281 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 100000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 240.6 in. / Height: 84.0 in. / Width: 79.9 in.
Curb Weight: 6713 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 28.9 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite NV Passenger safety features:

NissanConnect
Automatically calls for help in the event of a collision. Roadside assistance is also just a button push away.
Rearview Camera
Shows you what's behind the NV Passenger before you move.
Rear Sonar
Starts beeping if you're getting close to an object while reversing. The beeping gets more frequent as you get closer.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover2 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover30.6%



Nissan NV Passenger vs. the competition

2021 Nissan NV Passenger

2021 Nissan NV Passenger

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Nissan NV Passenger vs. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the most expensive pick of the passenger van group, but it also sets the bar for passenger van comfort and refinement. It seats up to 15 people (the NV is limited to 12) and offers an optional diesel engine and four-wheel drive, a cutting-edge infotainment system, and a choice of the standard or tall roof. Several driver aids are also available. The Sprinter's payload and towing capacities, however, aren't quite as robust as the Nissan's.

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Nissan NV Passenger vs. Ford Transit Passenger Van

The Ford Transit Passenger is nearly as old as the NV but doesn't look it. Ford continues to modernize the Transit's tech and cabin materials, offering features such as all-wheel drive, forward collision mitigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Like the Sprinter, the Transit can seat up to 15 passengers. It's available in multiple configurations, so choosing one isn't as easy as with the NV's simplified structure, but you can also tailor the Ford more closely to your needs.

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Nissan NV Passenger vs. Ram ProMaster Window Van

If you think the Nissan's configurations and pricing are streamlined, check out the Ram ProMaster Window Van lineup. The ProMaster is available with 12- or 15-passenger seating, a single roof option (high) and a single engine choice: a 3.6-liter gasoline V6. Like the Nissan, the Ram also offers impressive towing and payload capacity, but it rides rough and there's one big catch: Rear seats must be purchased through a third party, negating much of the Ram's straightforward appeal.

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FAQ

Is the Nissan NV Passenger a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 NV Passenger both on the road and at the track. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the NV Passenger has 28.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan NV Passenger. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger:

  • Navigation now standard on SV trim level
  • Part of the first NV generation introduced for 2012
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Is the Nissan NV Passenger reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan NV Passenger is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the NV Passenger. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the NV Passenger's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 NV Passenger is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Nissan NV Passenger?

The least-expensive 2021 Nissan NV Passenger is the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,860.

Other versions include:

  • 3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $39,310
  • 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $36,860
  • 3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $43,610
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What are the different models of Nissan NV Passenger?

If you're interested in the Nissan NV Passenger, the next question is, which NV Passenger model is right for you? NV Passenger variants include 3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and 3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A). For a full list of NV Passenger models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger

2021 Nissan NV Passenger Overview

The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger is offered in the following submodels: NV Passenger Van. Available styles include 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and 3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A). Nissan NV Passenger models are available with a 4.0 L-liter gas engine or a 5.6 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 375 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic, 7-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger comes with a 5 yr./ 100000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 100000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 NV Passenger.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 NV Passenger featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Nissan NV Passenger?

2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,355. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is trending $1,396 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,396 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,959.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is 3.6% below the MSRP.

2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,805. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is trending $1,449 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,449 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,356.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is 3.6% below the MSRP.

2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A)

The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,105. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is trending $1,519 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,519 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,586.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is 3.4% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Nissan NV Passenger?

2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, regular unleaded

2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, regular unleaded

2021 Nissan NV Passenger 3500 SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A), 7-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded

EPA Est. MPGN/A
Transmission5-speed automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement4.0 L
Passenger Volume267.0 cu.ft.
Wheelbase146.1 in.
Length240.6 in.
Width79.9 in.
Height84.0 in.
Curb Weight6713 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Nissan NV Passenger?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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