We purchased the 12 passenger 2015 van, 350 low roof with swinging side doors (not the sliding doors).
We previously had a GMC K2500 Suburban.
Before buying we test drove the Nissan NV 12/15 passenger van.
Great fuel efficiency! We are averaging 18mpg, however we do live in the country so stop and go driving is not as frequent as those living in town. When in the Big Apple for the … day (not NY!, we live in Idaho!) we may see closer to 14-16mpg. We drove a 10hour road trip and averaged closer to 19mpg at about 65-70mph (assuming the electronic mileage gauge is accurate).
Great get-up and go power. From 0 to 40 it gets there faster than my GMC V8 454 7.4 liter, easy.
Love the cargo space in the back.
Chose the swinging doors over the slider b/c we understood the slider to wear out. The swinging doors swing 180 degrees! So long as you have clearance from the car next to you to swing 90 degrees, you can make it 180.
Passenger seats have the ability to recline (comparable to airplane seats), which is better than nothing at all, or the new Nissan NV and the old E-series. Fairly comfortable for the kids. Our configuration allows you to pull out the back row in sets of two. Other configurations vary.
Fun to drive! Fairly quite compared to the suburban and the new Nissan NV. Great visibility, great side mirrors.
Headrests on every seat! Good (proportionally balanced) size for comfort and rear view mirror visibility.
The rear view mirror is essentially there to see the kids. The back door latches block any visibility to utilize it otherwise, despite how big or small it is.
The backup camera is nice. Color coding, beeps at you. The screen could be a little bigger, but sufficient for the job.
The pilot seats are okay, not as comfortable as the suburban was. Weak lumbar support, so for long trips we will have to add some support here.
The back row is not as adult friendly for more mature bottoms.
Could use additional child latches throughout. There are only three on our model.
Had to add a tow package myself.
4 star, would have given it 5 if the captain chairs had better lumbar support. Fun to drive, smooth on the road. Great power. Adequate cargo space in the back (more than the suburban).
Update: 2 years later...
My wife loves driving this van. The major draw back, does not do well in snow/mud conditions. We live in mountainous area where snow and off road experiences are not unusual. It would be nice to have the 4x4 option on this. Kits are very difficult to come by at an affordable price if you can find them for the transit. We have placed 12,000+ miles on the van since purchase and this update.