If you should always work smarter and not harder, then the 2013 Nissan NV200 Cargo Van is proof that your utility should be efficient, not enormous.
Nissan has decided to enter the compact van segment with the 2013 NV200, a van that packs a ton of cargo volume into a smaller package. More than 122 cubic feet of cargo capacity is available in a vehicle with only a 115-inch wheelbase. While the NV200 is more than four feet shorter than its Nissan NV 2500 High Roof Cargo Van, it still manages to carry impressive space.
The NV200 has been on sale around the world since 2009, but Nissan felt the time was right to bring it to the U.S. It will compete with the Ford Transit Connect, which has been very popular with businesses that don’t need the volume of a massive van. Another benefit of smaller cargo vans is the improved fuel efficiency. The NV200 is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 131 horsepower and 139 lb.-ft of torque, and will achieve an estimated 24/25 MPG. Not bad if you have to spend the day hauling Edible Arrangements around from house to house.
Admittedly, the NV200 isn't the prettiest thing on four wheels – it’s teardrop side windows look like someone strapped a backpack onto a dragonfly. But it’s certainly functional, with a sliding side door and rear French doors that open with a 40/60 split. Two trim models are available, with the NV200 S equipped with standard ABS, electric power steering and Vehicle Dynamic Control. The NV200 SV adds heated outside mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, a 12V power outlet in the center console and six floor-mounted cargo hooks.
If none of that sounds like the right van for you, maybe the price will help. When it goes on sale in April, the 2013 Nissan NV200 S will retail for $19,990. Pricing for the NV200 SV is not yet available.