Used 2013 Nissan NV

Pros & Cons

  • Available high top
  • simple model and option structure
  • strong value proposition.
  • No diesel option
  • hard plastic in armrest areas.
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2013
Nissan NV for Sale
2013
List Price Estimate
$13,916 - $17,564

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Edmunds' Expert Review

A tall roof option, a pair of capable engines, relatively pleasant driving dynamics and attractive pricing make the 2013 Nissan NV a solid choice in the commercial van market.

Vehicle overview

When it comes to commercial vans, the same two manufacturers have dominated the segment for decades, which helps explain why the cargo van category hasn't exactly been a hotbed of innovation. But the 2013 Nissan NV is a somewhat radical reimagining of the lowly work van, and it stands ready to beat those traditional best-sellers at their own game.

While this is admittedly no small feat, the folks at Nissan gave themselves a leg up by talking to and incorporating feedback from a large number of owners of the Ford E-Series and Chevrolet Express. The result of that input is a classic case of form following function.

As far as that form is concerned, the NV's profile is admittedly a bit odd, especially the high-roof version, but that shape serves a very definite purpose. By pushing the engine forward under an elongated pickup-style hood, designers created much roomier front seats free from the intrusion of the engine cowling found in old-school vans. This design also makes regular maintenance much easier, an important advantage when you're talking about commercial vehicles that rack up several times the annual mileage of the average passenger car.

On the function front, the availability of a high-roof version with more than 6 feet of headroom and a low step-in height represent significant improvements over the Ford and GM designs. Then there are the countless clever details like the laptop-size center console designed to accommodate hanging file folders and a flat-folding front passenger seat that makes a dandy desktop. Finally there are inspired practical touches like the wear patches on the rip-prone outside edges of the front seats designed to hold up to the rough treatment that comes with commercial use.

Aside from the Ford and GM entries, the NV's only other competitor is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which offers more cargo room but significantly less towing capacity than the V8-powered NV's impressive 9,500-pound rating. While it's true the Sprinter offers a somewhat more fuel-efficient diesel engine, that advantage is offset by a much higher sticker price.

All said, the 2013 Nissan NV is a solid choice for van shoppers looking for an innovative alternative to the status quo.

Nissan NV models

The 2013 Nissan NV is a full-size cargo van available in three models: 1500, 2500 and 3500. The 1500 comes only with a standard roof, while the 2500 and 3500 offer a choice between a standard or high roof. They all have the same wheelbase and length, but as you move up in the model range, payload and towing capacities increase.

There are two trim levels. The base S comes with the bare necessities including 17-inch steel wheels, variable-intermittent wipers, water-repellent cloth upholstery (with vinyl reinforcements in high-wear areas), air-conditioning and a two-speaker stereo with a CD player and auxiliary audio input jack. The SV trim adds 17-inch styled steel wheels, chrome exterior accents, rear park assist, keyless entry, a power driver seat, a lockable center console (2500/3500 models only), cruise control, full power accessories and an upgraded audio system with four speakers. Available options (depending on trim level) include rear door windows, a glass breakage sensor, a rearview camera and a Technology package that includes satellite radio, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and the rearview camera.

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2013 Highlights

After debuting just last year, the Nissan NV gets only minor tweaks for 2013.

Performance & mpg

Depending on model choice, the 2013 Nissan NV is available with either a 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine or a 317-hp 5.6-liter V8. The 1500 model is only offered with the V6, the 3500 can only be had with the V8 and the 2500 offers buyers a choice of either engine. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission offered, and all NVs are rear-wheel drive. Properly equipped, an NV 3500 has a payload capacity of 3,925 pounds and a maximum tow rating of 9,500 pounds. V6-powered models can tow trailers up to 7,000 pounds.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2013 Nissan NV include antilock brakes, stability control and traction control. Front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are optional. Also optional is a rearview camera with a small display integrated into the rearview mirror.

Driving

Even though the 2013 Nissan NV is a full-size van, it doesn't necessarily feel like it. Visibility is good out the front and is enhanced by large side mirrors. The ride quality is decent whether the van is unloaded or full, and the noise levels are surprisingly low at freeway speeds, at least by large-metal-box-on-wheels standards.

The V6 engine produces satisfying performance even with a full load, and the V8 is even better. No matter which engine you choose, you'll find the automatic transmission delivers seamless and well-timed shifts.

Interior

The 2013 Nissan NV sports a functional interior notable for its supportive front seats and the additional legroom offered by pushing the engine out under the elongated hood. The available center console is another nice touch, offering a generous amount of storage. There are plenty of places to stash small items as well, including a handy pull-out drawer under the driver seat of 2500/3500 models.

Gauges and controls are designed and laid out in a straightforward way that makes them easy to use. As you'd expect, there's a lot of hard plastic here, but the only place that becomes a negative is on the armrests and center console lid, both of which could use a little padding.

The business end of the interior is enhanced by nearly vertical walls and built-in attachment points that make it easier to fit equipment racks, workbenches and the like. Large doors, including rear ones that open quite wide and stay that way thanks to magnetic catches, plus 6 foot, 3 inches of headroom and a low step-in height make getting people and cargo in and out a snap. Speaking of cargo, the low-roof version offers a healthy 234 cubic feet of space, while the high-roof model boasts 323 cubic feet. A half-dozen floor-mounted D-rings make it easier to secure the load.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2013 Nissan NV.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
1 total reviews
5 star reviews: 100%
4 star reviews: 0%
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    Most helpful consumer reviews

    5/5 stars, The ideal cargo van
    chris_columbia,
    2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
    I looked at the Promaster, Transit, and Sprinter both new and used before deciding on a used 2013 NV2500 high roof v6 SV with 73K, now 109K. My most important criteria, is reliability. I could buy a used NV and still have a more reliable van the than buying any of the other 3 new. Go look at the "real" consumer reviews of the other 3, not the professional car journalist who tests them for a day, but the real people who live with them for years. The Promaster and Transit have a lot of significant issues. The Sprinter costs more and you get less. Anytime I see a fellow cargo van owner in a parking lot, I ask them what they think of whatever they are driving. You learn a lot. In my ownership, I replaced a belt idler pulley because it sounded noisy($10). Accessory belt($24). The differential housing has developed a slight leak requiring a few ounces of oil every 10k miles($9). Air filter($20). Oil change every 6K($30each). That's it! And most of those are maintenance items. Everytime I start it it works exactly the same: perfect. It has great heat in winter, great a/c in summer. I can stand up in the rear. In fact, it's so convenient for just about everything that I use it as my work vehicle and my everyday car. I've towed as much as 6K pounds and I can barely tell I'm towing. My usual cargo is about 1500 pounds. The 20mpg highway is the same with or without that cargo. Cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel were a nice upgrade on the SV version. Power seat controls never get used as I never move the seat, but it sure is comfortable for long trips. My range is a little more than 400 miles, so that's 6 hours of sitting. I've never had a vehicle I could drive for 6 hours without pain. I made the following improvements to suit my tastes: bought a factory leather steering wheel and installed, removed center consul and passenger seat and installed a "double" seat from the rear of a Transit(now I have 3 across seating in the front), made the overhead front shelf extend further back about 2ft(adds a ton of storage and that space above the front seats is completely wasted otherwise). I get 20mpg on the highway, 15 if I'm doing a lot of short city trips. Huge engine bay and hood make checking fluids, changing oil, belt, etc very easy. Downside is that it make the van very long and weird looking, but I'll take that trade off. The oil filter isn't in a great location as it's right above a crossmember, so there's more cleanup when changing it. I would buy again if I need another one. Unfortunately it looks like 2021 will be the last year for the NV1500/2500/3500. Update: Jun21,2021 120K miles. No issues or changes since last review. I still have a slow leak in differential that I haven't resolved. It took 8oz at last 10K mile top off. Average highway mpg seems a little lower at 19mpg, though I think post-covid traffic congestion may be to blame.


    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $25,420
    MPG & Fuel
    N/A City / N/A Hwy / N/A Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 28.0 gal. capacity
    Seating
    2 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
    3 yr./ 36000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 240.6 in. / Height: 83.9 in.
    Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
    Overall Width without Mirrors: 79.9 in.
    Curb Weight: 5791 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 234.1 cu.ft.


    FAQ

    Is the Nissan NV a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2013 NV 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 carrying capacity for the NV ranges from 234.1 to 323.1 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. Learn more

    Is the Nissan NV reliable?

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

    Is the 2013 Nissan NV a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2013 Nissan NV is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2013 NV 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 2013 Nissan NV?

    The least-expensive 2013 Nissan NV is the 2013 Nissan NV 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,420.

    Other versions include:

    • 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $31,510
    • 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $30,610
    • 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $25,420
    • 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $28,970
    • 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $29,870
    • 2500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $28,060
    • 3500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $33,210
    • 2500 SV 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $28,960
    • 1500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $27,060
    • 3500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $31,570
    • 2500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $26,420
    • 3500 SV 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $30,660
    • 2500 S 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $27,320
    • 3500 S 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $29,020
    Learn more

    What are the different models of Nissan NV?

    If you're interested in the Nissan NV, the next question is, which NV model is right for you? NV variants include 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A), 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A). For a full list of NV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2013 Nissan NV

    Used 2013 Nissan NV Overview

    The Used 2013 Nissan NV is offered in the following submodels: NV Van. Available styles include 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A), 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A), 2500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 3500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A), 2500 SV 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 5A), 1500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 3500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A), 2500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 3500 SV 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 5A), 2500 S 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 5A), and 3500 S 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 5A). Pre-owned Nissan NV models are available with a 5.6 L-liter gas engine or a 4.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 317 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2013 Nissan NV comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic. The Used 2013 Nissan NV comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2013 Nissan NV?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2013 Nissan NV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2013 NV 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 Used 2013 NV.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2013 Nissan NV and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2013 NV 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 Used 2013 Nissan NV?

    Used 2013 Nissan NV 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

    The Used 2013 Nissan NV 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,415. The average price paid for a new Used 2013 Nissan NV 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is trending $12,917 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $12,917 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $13,498.

    The average savings for the Used 2013 Nissan NV 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is 48.9% below the MSRP.

    Used 2013 Nissan NV 1500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

    The Used 2013 Nissan NV 1500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,055. The average price paid for a new Used 2013 Nissan NV 1500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is trending $14,099 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $14,099 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $13,956.

    The average savings for the Used 2013 Nissan NV 1500 SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is 50.3% below the MSRP.

    Used 2013 Nissan NV 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

    The Used 2013 Nissan NV 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,965. The average price paid for a new Used 2013 Nissan NV 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is trending $15,126 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $15,126 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $14,839.

    The average savings for the Used 2013 Nissan NV 2500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A) is 50.5% below the MSRP.

    Used 2013 Nissan NV 3500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

    The Used 2013 Nissan NV 3500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,565. The average price paid for a new Used 2013 Nissan NV 3500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) is trending $17,587 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $17,587 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $14,978.

    The average savings for the Used 2013 Nissan NV 3500 S 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) is 54% below the MSRP.

    Used 2013 Nissan NV 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

    The Used 2013 Nissan NV 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,505. The average price paid for a new Used 2013 Nissan NV 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) is trending $16,612 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $16,612 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,893.

    The average savings for the Used 2013 Nissan NV 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) is 51.1% below the MSRP.

    Used 2013 Nissan NV 3500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

    The Used 2013 Nissan NV 3500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,205. The average price paid for a new Used 2013 Nissan NV 3500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) is trending $17,104 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $17,104 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $17,101.

    The average savings for the Used 2013 Nissan NV 3500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A) is 50% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2013 Nissan NV?

    2013 Nissan NV 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (5.6L 8cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, regular unleaded

    2013 Nissan NV 2500 SV 3dr Van w/High Roof (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, regular unleaded

    2013 Nissan NV 1500 S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, regular unleaded

    EPA Est. MPGN/A
    Transmission5-speed automatic
    Drive Trainrear wheel drive
    Displacement5.6 L
    Passenger Volume420.5 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase146.1 in.
    Length240.6 in.
    WidthN/A
    Height105.0 in.
    Curb Weight6139 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2013 Nissan NV?

    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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