The Car Connection Nissan NV200 Overview
The Nissan NV200 is a small commercial van that is offered in cargo and taxi configurations.
The NV200 was introduced for the 2013 model year in the United States. A heavily modified version of the NV200 has been designed specifically for use as a taxicab in New York City. That taxi variant is now offered to buyers all across the country.
With the NV200, Nissan competes against other small vans such as the Ram ProMaster City, Ford Transit Connect, and Mercedes-Benz Metris. A Chevrolet City Express was offered until 2018, although the bowtie van is a little of a misnomer: the City Express and NV200 were identical, and both built by Nissan.
Not every Nissan dealer sells the van, however. With the NV200, Nissan offers it—and the larger NV—through a network of Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers.
For 2017, the NV200 saw some previously optional equipment made standard but was otherwise unchanged.
MORE: Read our 2017 Nissan NV200 review
The Nissan NV200
Nissan calls its NV200 a "right-sized" commercial vehicle—that is, one that is aimed at urban use and for commercial drivers on a budget. It's not rated to tow or lug heavy loads in its cargo bay, but for fleet operators looking for something for, say, flower delivery or a taxi service, it may make a lot of sense.
Under its hood, the NV200 uses a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated inline-4 engine rated at 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. It sends power to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission, and it runs on regular unleaded fuel. That's not much power for any vehicle, let alone one that weighs about 3,300 pounds unladen—but that's not really the point of a commercial vehicle.
The NV200 utilizes a unibody design, which helps keep curb weight down but doesn't make it as much of a hauler as, say the Mercedes-Benz Metris or the Ford Transit Connection. The NV200 features almost 130 cubic feet of cargo space; there is no passenger version aside from the purpose-built taxi variant.
Instead, the NV200 has been designed with city fleet drivers in mind. Its interior is conveniently laid out and every surface is designed to be both durable and washable. The cargo variant comes standard with steel panels in place of rear windows, although glass is available as an option. The taxi version, naturally, features a second-row bench seat. It's covered in a special antimicrobial vinyl. Additionally, the taxi model's rear partition features integrated USB and 12-volt outlets, which should make the chore of bouncing around a more pleasant experience.