I bought the NV200 SV with the navigation and appearance package. The NV200 is based on a car platform and feels more like a car than a truck. it has good fuel economy. Makes easily tight turns and has a lot of holes pre-drilled in the interior so you can install racks and stuff without the need to drill. It's probably the only light commercial truck with a 5 years, 60 thousand miles bumper to bumper warranty. Now, what can be better: the engine is under powered. It needs at least 20-30 more horse power. The voice command system is useless as it mis-interprets command all the time, the audio system is archaic, the tires feel flimsy and the back up camera doesn't have a sonar.
I purchased this vehicle because I wanted an efficient(for what it is) vehicle to haul stuff around with every once in a while, while still being able to drive it on a day-to-day basis. I chose the NV200 over it's competition because of it's over all, first impression of value. The adrian steel accessory package is very nice. My van had everything I needed and nothing I didn't. Cruise control, power windows, aux, rear window. It's the perfect NV200 for me. But here is the sad part(and the reason I gave it a 2-star rating). The transmission shifts rough, not sure if this is normal or not but it's not smooth especially at crawling speeds. Once up to speed it handles just fine. It's not making any noises so I'm not complaining, but it's something to consider as my car only has 1,600 miles at the moment. Ever since I've had this van I've brought it in 3 times(4th time in a few days) for warranty work. First, all of the window/door gaskets were warped. Since I don't usually stare at the back doors, I just got the front window gasket replaced(with ones that weren't warped and wavy). I also noticed there is factory paint over-spray on the dash board. A lot of the panel gaps aren't even. Rust Sealant under the vehicle is poorly slapped on(makes me wonder what else is wrong with it). Sliding Door latches already broke at 1,500 miles. They will open but won't close. There is an annoying rattle that the dealer says is normal, even though for the first 1000 miles I heard nothing. Also the badges around the car are either not aligned right, or are loose and wiggle around. Over all a decent tool for every day use but don't expect something that is well put together. The design, or intended design is great. Only problem is quality control(I assume because it's a 3-vin not a 1 or J like the other Nissan's I've had). UPDATE: I am currently at 10,000 miles. The transmission has fixed itself, shifts smoother now. No mechanical issues so far. Rear drum brakes sqeak alittle which is an easy fix(brake lube). I've gotten used to the quality of the van so no complaints for now. I've put this van to work, it's held up well. UPDATE 2: have 20,000 miles now. No issues. Been reliable and trouble free. No complaints. Sliding doors are still out of alignment(won't latch completely) but I've figured out a way to close them. It'd be nice if it had a bigger gas tank. Find myself filling up nearly weekly with the range being 400-410 max.
Although not the fastest van off the line, it has plenty of power and will reach highway speeds long before you get to the end of the on ramp. The cargo space has been enough for all the tools and equipment I have had to carry in my handyman jobs. Ride is to the plus side of OK and turning into tight spots has been a breeze. Visibility for changing lanes lacks, but the blind spot mirrors on each side help a lot, so learning to drive it is in order. The instrument panel is set up nicely and the steering wheel controls are easy and accessible. After the first thousand miles the gas mileage has been above the sticker of 24 and 25, getting 27.5 around town and 30 on the road even with some weight in the back. Overall I have been very happy with it and it has actually gone over my expectations for it. I test drove the Ford version and was not as impressed.
After 1500 miles I had to take the vehicle to the dealer 2 times, the first time for suspension noise, a loud click sound while turning the steering wheel because of bad strut mounts. the second time for vibrations at certain speed do to bad cv shaft axles, also my tires where gone at 10,000 miles. all this issues is less than 15,000 miles is very disappointing. the vehicle has 24000 miles now and haven't had any more issues. mpg is about the same 23 to 23.5 combined.