Nissan’s NV 2500 HD cargo van is designed to do more than just move stuff from Point A to Point B. Nissan engineers put the engine out in front, along the lines of a pickup truck, thus increasing up-front interior space and the comfort factor for driver and passenger.
However, the additional space can be filled by a console large enough to hold files or a laptop computer, converting your cargo van into a mini mobile office. In addition, the passenger seat folds forward to become a desk surface for writing up invoices and orders.
Even if you don’t need those office functions, the NV2500 HD provides ample cargo space, with straight interior walls and rear doors that open through a 243-degree range to make the most of loading space.
What's New for 2014
The 2014 NV2500 HD is largely unchanged from the previous year’s model, with the exception of a few features and option packages. Some towing package equipment, that was previously optional with both engines, is now standard with the 5.6-liter V8 engine.
Choosing Your Nissan NV2500
The NV2500 is the middle van in Nissan’s line of three which includes the base 1500 and the top 3500. As such it is the only one that offers a choice of engines. The standard 4-liter V6 produces a peak of 261 horsepower with a peak torque of 281 pound-feet. When the van is properly equipped, this engine can tow up to 7,000 pounds. The optional 5.6-liter V8 increases output to 371 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, and its peak towing capacity is 9,500 pounds. Both engines operate in tandem with a five-speed automatic transmission.
As you choose your engine, you’ll also need to consider which of the two available roof heights you want. With the standard roof, the cargo area height is just over 55 inches and cargo volume is 234 cubic feet. With the high roof, that interior height extends to nearly 77 inches, well over 6 feet so most people can comfortably stand upright in the space. Cargo volume also grows to 323 cubic feet.
Before you choose a height, you should consider the height of any garage or carport where you might park the van as well as any regular stops on a delivery route that might have height restrictions. Also consider what type of cargo or supplies you’ll be moving in your van. Adding the extra roof height allows you to manage large and bulky items more easily, but it also lowers the maximum recommended payload by about 170 pounds.
There are two available trim levels on the NV2500 HD:
Features and options for both trim levels remain the same with either the V6 or V8 engine.
Before you decide on the engine and height features of your NV2500 HD cargo van, be sure to check all the figures for payloads and towing capacities. These change depending on the engine and roof height; recommended payload maximums decrease with either the higher roof or the V8 engine.