Nissan challenges the domestic automakers' long-standing hold on the commercial market with the NV Cargo, aimed to be just as adaptable to hauling needs as the Big Three's models. But to that it adds its own level of convenience and capability features.
What's New for 2015
For 2015, the NV gains the latest NissanConnect navigation system as an option.
Choosing Your Nissan NV Cargo NV1500
The 1500 comes only as a "standard roof" model, in S and SV trims. Powering both models is a 4-liter V6 with 261 horsepower mated to a five-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive.
S: The base NV1500 includes features such as 17-inch wheels, six floor mounting points, 10 roof mounting points, 50/50 split rear cargo doors, a passenger-side sliding door, water-repellant cloth upholstery with vinyl inserts, a fold-down passenger seat and a two-speaker AM/FM radio with CD player. Full vinyl upholstery is available, as are side curtain airbags, rear cargo door windows and privacy glass. The Power Basic Package adds power windows and locks, cruise control, and remote keyless entry.
SV: The upgraded SV adds some features such as chrome grille and bumpers, rear parking sensors, power windows, locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control, an 8-way power driver's seat and an 8-speaker audio system with AUX input. Side airbags and side and rear windows are also available. The Technology Package includes a 5.8-inch touchscreen display with navigation and NissanConnect apps, SiriusXM satellite radio and traffic, Bluetooth with streaming audio and a backup camera.
While the S is acceptable for commercial uses, the SV adds useful features that might make driving the van more comfortable and safe on a day-to-day basis. And with a $1,000 price difference between the two, it makes sense to spring for the SV -- especially if you're already getting optional power windows on an S.