The Americans have ruled the cargo van segment for decades with their boxy-but-brawny designs. In 2012, the market got a taste of competition from Mississippi, which is where Nissan builds the NV 1500. Like the stalwarts, the Nissan features a ladder-type truck frame and rear-wheel drive for serious towing and hauling ability.
As the entry-level offering in NV line, the 1500 carries a 261-horsepower V6 and conventional roof. Even without the raised top, cargo space comes in at 243 cubic feet. Accessing the load floor is no sweat thanks to rear doors that swing open 243 degrees and stay open with the help of magnets on the van's sides.
Unlike the pug-nosed American vans, the NV has a conventional truck front end, which translates to more front legroom and easier servicing.