The 2013 Nissan NV200 is an all-new, front-wheel-drive compact cargo van.
The 2013 Nissan NV200 has less cargo space and power than its main competitors, but it starts off at a lower price and is likely ideal for commercial operators or small business owners.
Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2013 Nissan NV200 SV 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.85 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
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Small cargo vans are one of the best options for small business owners or fleet-vehicle managers who don't need the capacity of a traditional full-size van. These small vans still provide plenty of utility while remaining compact, easy to maneuver and relatively fuel-efficient. Now there's another option in this class, the 2013 Nissan NV200.
The NV200 is all new, and although the name may sound familiar, this is an entirely different design from its big brother, the Nissan NV. Unlike the trucklike NV, this smaller cargo van is car-based, with everyday practicality in mind. Nissan designed the NV200 off the same platform as the Nissan Cube and Versa, so it will likely be much more agile and fuel-efficient in town, and more suitable on the highway than the typical full-size van.
For power, the NV200 relies on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 131 horsepower. Even for a modern small sedan, this would be pretty underwhelming, so acceleration is going to be slow, especially if the van is loaded up with cargo. Still, the NV200 has some thoughtful features, including 40/60-split rear cargo doors (the left side is smaller to reduce street-side intrusion when open), a low cargo floor and some useful convenience and technology features to make on-the-job tasks easier.
The 2013 Nissan NV200 is designed to be a capable and economic competitor to the 2013 Ford Transit Connect and the 2013 Ram C/V Tradesman. Compared to these models, the design of the Nissan NV200 looks much more European than its decidedly American rivals, and the interior cargo space suffers slightly for it. And like the Ford, the NV200's four-cylinder is pretty mediocre in terms of power (though fuel economy is best in class). Overall, though, we think small businesses or fleet operators will find the NV200 a smart choice for a small commercial van.
Performance & mpg
A 2.0-liter four cylinder is the only engine available in the Nissan NV200. It produces 131 hp and 139 pound-feet of torque. Transmitting power to the front wheels is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Nissan estimates fuel economy to be 24 mpg for combined city/highway driving, which is better than the Ram C/V or Transit Connect.
Standard safety features on the Nissan NV200 include antilock brakes (front disc/rear drum), traction and stability control, side curtain airbags and front seat side-impact airbags.
We haven't had the chance to drive the 2013 Nissan NV200 yet, but we expect it will be a welcome addition to a market that has seen very few updates or changes over the years. Its sleek design, versatile interior and possibilities for customization are promising. Its small four-cylinder engine will likely prove underpowered while fully loaded, and the ride quality will likely suffer under its maximum weight capacity. But given what's expected of this workhorse, overall performance should be perfectly adequate.
On the interior, Nissan has already done some of the work for you by providing standard integrated mounting points to allow the installation of racks and shelves without the need to drill into the walls of the van. The mounting points paired with the six optional cargo hooks should give drivers an easy solution for securing their tools or supplies.
Cargo capacity in the 2013 Nissan NV200 is 122.7 cubic feet, with a maximum payload of 1,500 pounds. Compared to the 135 cubic feet of space and 1,600-pound payload in the Ford Transit Connect and the 144.4 cubic feet of space and 1,800-pound payload of the Ram C/V Tradesman, the NV200 is modest but still capable.
The cabin of the NV200 seems to have been designed with the driver in mind, with multiple storage areas, a six-way adjustable driver seat and a center console featuring laptop/hanging file folder storage. The passenger-side seat has an underseat storage tray and the seat itself will also fold down to increase cargo space. It can also serve as a work station via the seatback's large built-in tray that will accommodate most laptops or lunch.
2013 Nissan NV200 models
The 2013 Nissan NV200 is a compact work van designed for commercial usage and available in S and SV trims. Standard on the S trim level are 15-inch steel wheels, 40/60 split rear cargo doors, manual sliding rear side doors, power front windows and a two-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary input jack. Cruise control is optional for the S. The SV includes all of the above plus power locks, keyless entry and added cargo area tie-down points.
Available for both S and SV is the Back Door Glass package, which adds rear privacy glass, a rearview mirror and rear defroster. Bluetooth phone connectivity is a stand-alone option. For the SV, the Technology package adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, a rearview camera, voice controls, satellite radio, Pandora radio functionality, a USB input, Bluetooth audio connectivity and hands-free text messaging assist. An Exterior Appearance package is also available for the SV; it adds wheel covers and body-color bumpers, mirrors and door handles.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2013 Nissan NV200.
Yes, it only has a little over 100 miles, but after comparison to the Transit Connect, I decided to bring one home today. Better fit and finish, better ride and handling and priced less with the options. It is a peppy little van and it is deceivingly quick with CVT transmission. It doesn't seem quick but it pulls like an electric car, no shifting!. We got 30 mpg average on the trip home … with A/C on and a 2000 foot elevation gain in 75 miles. I will update in a few weeks.
5 out of 5 stars
Great small cargo van
SV 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
I purchased this vehicle for my business Oct 2013 and could not be happier. Bought fully loaded SV with all options. I have been using full size Ford and Chevy vans for over 20 yrs in auto glass trade and the Nissan's tall interior height combined with low floor make life much easier on the back. Averaging 25 mpg mixed and hitting 32 highway regularly. CVT transmission is very smooth and … vehicle is sporty to drive around with little bit wider tire/rim combo 205/55/16. Factory headlights are plenty bright and wide,HID conversion not needed. Fairly quiet ride for cargo van. Great view of road especially out side glass compared Transit with 2 piece side with bar.
5 out of 5 stars
Great Cargo Van at a Great Price.
SV 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
The 2013 has a very short warrentee 3/36k but the 2014- is 6/100k I would stick with the 2014 or newer for the reason only. otherwise they seem to be identical. I have owned two of these so far. If you rotate the tires and get alignments, like they suggest, the tires do not wear out quickly. Also to mention this van has a GVW of 4500lbs which is fairly light. If you over load this … little thing you will squat the rear end, and because it has a solid axle the tires will toe out and wear funny.
There are only 2 tires in the USA you can get for this van, both from nissan, one winter, one summer. Don't go the after market route as these are Load rated C tires which this van needs. This is not a bad thing though both tires are actually rather good tires and not over expensive.
I was in a serious accident with one of my two vans... now i only have one. My van was hit by a 1 ton truck from behind and pushed us into something and hit us again. Our van was seriously damaged. The truck was damaged but not nearly as much as the van. That being said a 3000lb van was hit by a 1 ton truck and we were perfectly fine. The Van protected us from what could have been serious injuries.
I am in the process of replacing the van.
Love these NV's
5 out of 5 stars
UPDATE - keep or trade - TRADED for 2019
SV 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
New 2019 available
Looked at new NV200 while current one was being serviced.
Nice but basically unchanged showed me the retained value of older model.
Trade-in value dropping and retail price rising will be the primary decision maker.
2013 model still meeting ALL I need it for.
FALL 2018 ADDITIONS - Still best for my load and use BUT...Reflection and position of instrumentation make … direct reading dangerous (eyes away from road), Audio drop out forces reSYNC, "Butt locking" is inconvenient and it still seems that vehicle auto locks overnight (but it may be my butt-again).
Vehicle age is prompting shopping for replacement. It WILL BE an NV200
2018 UPDATE Loading and unloading average of 4 times each week and getting older. Appreciate low loading deck every time.
Had to add more cushioning for passenger (wife). Will look for better passenger seat in next NV200 and maybe a single passenger seat (my load has room for that). After 4 years still glad to have the NV200.
(previous) Lowest floor height makes lifting and loading easy (for the elderly). Purchased exclusively for that feature. Confirm that tire life is VERY short (20-23000 miles). There tires by others that meet Nissan specs for less money. Paid independent specialty alignment shop to electronically check alignment and found (as others have) that there is a misalignment in the rear wheels and in their opinion, the alignment is contributing to premature tire wear. Will address to Nissan dealership but specialty shop could not identify any means to adjust rear alignment. Checked for a competitive brand to extend tire life but nothing beats the loading height of the NV 200. As a light load, low mileage user, I still know that for my need I can find NOTHING BETTER! UPDATE.... Loading in the dark forced me to use a head mounted flashlight. After 3 years I aAdded LEDs around inside and tapped into rear (small) interior light. It's something I should have recognized the shortcoming and had it professionally installed at purchase. Still the best vehicle (to meet my need ) ever.
The Used 2013 Nissan NV200 is offered in the following submodels: NV200 Minivan. Available styles include SV 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and S 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT).
The Used 2013 Nissan NV200 comes with front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic.
The Used 2013 Nissan NV200 comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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