2020 Nissan NV Passenger

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2020 MODEL
$36,110 - $42,860
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2020 Nissan NV Passenger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 2, 2020
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Shivendra Garg

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Nissan came up with their NV Cargo for taking care of all your needs of hauling cargo. In order to carry passengers there’s the Nissan NV Passenger. Not there are a lot of differences between them just that the NV Passenger can seat up to 12 people. All else remains pretty much the same.

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Pros

All trims are well fitted with features

Multiple mechanical options

Decent practicality

Smart pricing

Cons

Variants lack AWD unit

Lackluster exterior and interior

What's New?

Van carries unchanged from the previous year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36110

bodystyle

3dr Van

passenger capacity

12

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

261 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

281 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5 Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

146.1 in.

curb weight

6710 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

238.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

28.9 cu ft.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Exterior video
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Interior video

Styles

2020 Nissan NV Passenger in Brilliant Silver Metallic color 2020 Nissan NV Passenger in Cayenne Red color 2020 Nissan NV Passenger in Glacier White color 2020 Nissan NV Passenger in Super Black color 2020 Nissan NV Passenger in Pearl White color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Final Verdict

7.5

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Nissan NV Passenger 3500HD S

3500HD S

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$36,110


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500HD S 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $36,110 MSRP (24/25/26) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

2020 Nissan NV Passenger 3500HD SV

3500HD SV

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$38,060


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500HD SV 3dr Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $38,060 MSRP (24/25/26) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

2020 Nissan NV Passenger 3500HD SL

3500HD SL

power
375 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$42,860


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500HD SL 3dr Van (5.6L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $42,860 MSRP (24/25/26) 375 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


The Nissan NV Passenger gets the same choice of powertrain, transmission and drivetrain options. Its less costly variants get a 4.0-liter V6 under its hood which is coupled with a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, the most feature loaded variant of the NV Passenger is equipped with a 5.6-liter V8 and seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Standard on all models, however, is a rear-wheel drive unit with no option for an all-wheel drive unit. The Ford Transit Van on the other hand does get both the drivetrain unit but the Ram Promaster is only front-wheel driven. That way the cheaper Nissan NV Passenger appears well at par with rest and is also adequately capable.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Front View
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Rear View

5.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 

7.5/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Features

5.0/10

The Nissan NV Passenger 3500 HD for the year 2020 is available in three different variants. At the base of the lineup lies the S variant which is followed by the mid-level SV. Both trims get a 4.0-liter V6 and five-speed automatic gearbox as standard besides other features like 12-passenger seating and 8 airbags.

The top-tier SL variant on the other hand is equipped with a 5.6-liter V6 and gets a seven-speed automatic unit. This variant also includes premium features like beige leather-trimmed seats and dual-zone air conditioning up front. A rear-wheel drivetrain is common on all variants as a stand-alone choice.

Trims

S

SV

SL

MSRP (RWD)

$36,110

$38,060

$42,860

Key Features

4.0-liter V6

Same as S

Same as SV

 

5-speed automatic transmission

Same as S

5.6-liter V8

 

12-passenger seating

8-way power adjustable driver’s seat

7-speed automatic transmission

 

Eight airbags

Rear Sonar system

Beige leather-trim seats

 

Removable split seats

Dual power adjustable exterior mirrors

Nissan Navigation System

 

 

 

Dual-zone front air condition

 We recommend

The SL trim of the Nissan NV Passenger is the variant to opt for. For about $6,000 over the price of the base S, the SL adds a lot more features that are definitely worth having. Otherwise, the Nissan NV is a very basic looking van but the SL trim makes significant upgrades to its appearance as well as capability.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Nissan NV passenger is quite a versatile van. It lets you choose from two different engine and transmission choices. On the base S and mediocre SV variant a 4.0-liter V6 powers the rear wheels with the help of a five-speed automatic transmission. This V6 is capable of giving away 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. torque.

While all that output is enough to make this Nissan van plenty able, a 5.6-liter V8 makes the SL trim of the Nissan NV Passenger uber competent. A seven-speed automatic gearbox complements this bigger, more powerful V8. However, power from that V8 is also sent only to the rear wheels of this Nissan.

Models

Nissan NV Passenger

Ford Transit Passenger Van

GMC Savana 3500 Extended Van

Ram Promaster Window Van

MSRP

$36,110

$40,180

$34,900

$36,995

Engine

4.0L Regular V6 3.5L Premium V6 4.3L Regular V6 3.6L Regular V6
Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD FWD

Transmission

5-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic

Power

261hp@5,600rpm 275hp@6,500rpm 276hp@5,200rpm 280hp@6,400rpm

Torque

281lb-ft@4,000rpm 262lb-ft@3,750rpm 298lb-ft@3,900rpm 260lb-ft@4,400rpm

Even with the base 4.0-liter V6 the Nissan NV Passenger manages to do well in this lineup of passenger vans. When paired with the other 5.6-liter V8 it simply outshines the rest. Nonetheless, all vans in this segment put out impressive figures on paper.

How fast is the Nissan NV Passenger?

The Nissan NV Passenger’s 4.0-liter V6 makes the exact same amount of power and torque as that of the Nissan NV Cargo. Only the NV Passenger gets 10 extra seats than the NV Cargo. So the already sluggish V6 seems even less entertaining on this Nissan van.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Front View

For enhanced enthusiasm then, it is best advised to opt for the 5.6-liter V8. It pushes out 375 hp and 387 lb.-ft. torque which makes for a significant improvement in the Nissan NV Passenger’s acceleration.

Model

Nissan NV Passenger

Ford Transit Passenger Van

GMC Savana 3500 Extended Van

Ram Promaster Window Van

0-60 MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top Speed

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

4.0L Regular V6 3.5L Premium V6 4.3L Regular V6 3.6L Regular V6

But at over 6700 pounds the Nissan NV Passenger is heavier than some of the full-size pickups. Also there’s hardly any aerodynamic enhancement. So it is highly recommended that anyone driving this van respects its sheer size and weight.

What about the braking performance of the Nissan NV Passenger?

The Nissan NV Passenger is a big van and also quite heavy. So braking abruptly can cause discomfort. Hence, all four corners of the 2020 Nissan NV Passenger have been fitted with high capacity vented disc brakes.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Front Brake is 14.2 in.

They also feature anti-lock and electronic brake-force distribution function for a more controlled feedback. These features make those emergency braking scenarios seem like a comparatively easier task.

Model

Nissan NV Passenger

Ford Transit Passenger Van

GMC Savana 3500 Extended Van

Ram Promaster Window Van

Brake Rotors Front

14.2"

12.1"

12.8"

11.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

14.4"

12.1"

13.0"

11.0"

Curb Weight

6781 lbs

N/A

6408 lbs

N/A

60-0 MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

No other passenger van in this segment is quite as bulky as the Nissan NV Passenger. Accordingly, its brakes are also the biggest in this segment. Other vans get more or similarly sized brakes but none are quite as small as the brakes on the Ram Promaster Window van.

What about its driving dynamics?

The only time the Nissan NV Passenger will excite is when you will try to figure out if the wheels are pointing in the direction you want them to. Oh, sorry. Did someone say excite you? What they actually meant was scare you. But the feelings are similar, aren’t they? Probably not for everyone.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Front View

Its steering isn’t adequately weighted for such a big vehicle. They meagerly communicate what the wheels up front are doing. Furthermore, the overall squared design leaves no room for agility. A wide, unwinding road is this Nissan NV’s only natural habitat. Anything more or less and the NV Passenger’s ride quality takes a hit.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Commercial vehicles like the Nissan NV Passenger don’t get tested by authorities for their MPG ratings. So any factual information about the NIssan NV Passenger’s MPG ratings isn’t actually available. What is known though from real world experiences is that this Nissan van is most efficient when paired to the V6 as the V8 makes more power so it also drinks relatively more.

Model

Nissan NV Passenger

Ford Transit Passenger Van

GMC Savana 3500 Extended Van

Ram Promaster Window Van

MPG (City)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Capacity

28.0 gallons

25.0 gallons

31.0 gallons

24.0 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

None of the vans in this segment have been rated by the EPA for their MPG figures. What is known though is the size of their fuel tanks. That way, the Nissan NV Passenger manges to offer above average practicality for its class.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Interior

9.0/10

The Nissan NV Passenger carries over the same purpose-built cabin of the Nissan NV Cargo and adds 10 extra seats to it. While the base trim features price-appropriate equipment, the SV and SL variants further elevate usability. There are hardly any changes other than that. Its dash is just as driver-centric and as logically designed as that of the NV Cargo.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Front Seats 

Even the use of hard-plastics throughout the cabin remains unchanged. The seats are cloth fabric-trimmed on the S and mid-level SV variants. The top-trim SL model enhances overall feel by wrapping them in beige leather trim. All variants, however, feature heating and cooling vents for each row besides as many as 324 seating configurations.

Model

Nissan NV Passenger

Ford Transit Passenger Van

GMC Savana 3500 Extended Van

Ram Promaster Window Van

Seating Capacity

`12

15

15

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.8/65.7/42.0

52.0/67.9/41.3

39.8/68.8/41.3

N/A/74.8/38.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/69.2/33.9

55.8/71.4/33.7

38.4/68.6/38.4

N/A

Other features include air conditioning and manual or power-adjustable seats depending on the choice of variant. In all, the Nissan NV Passenger is quite aptly equipped with features to ensure sufficient comfort for carrying passengers. It is not as high on space as its competitors though. This results from the fact that it is not as big as the rest in comparison. So for its dimensions it offers decent roominess.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

As a utility van that is built for the purpose of carrying passengers, the NV Passenger has been strategically loaded with infotainment features. It gets a seven-inch touchscreen as standard and includes steering-wheel mounted controls for further ease of access. That infotainment unit includes features like:

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Infotainment Screen
  • Nissan navigation system
  • NissanConnect Mobile Apps
  • Nissan voice recognition
  • SiriusXM traffic and travel link
  • Hands-free text message assistant
  • Bluetooth
  • AM/FM

What about utility?

The cabin of the Nissan NV Passenger is quite versatile. It comes strapped with 12 seats from the factory which can be flipped to maximize utility. As standard the Nissan NV Passenger frees up enough space behind the three of row seats to comfortably carry necessities. Dump all the seats and this NV Passenger offers 218.9 cubic feet of space.

Model

Nissan NV Passenger

Ford Transit Passenger Van

GMC Savana 3500 Extended Van

Ram Promaster Window Van

Cargo Capacity

28.9 cu.ft.

93.9 cu.ft.

127.2 cu.ft.

463.0 cu.ft.

In comparison to the Ram Promaster’s cabin that isn’t enough but is well above average overall. The Ram Promaster comes only with two seats as standard and offers 463.0 cubic feet of cargo space which can be modified according to use.

Creature comforts on offer in the Nissan NV Passenger

All seats on the 2020 Nissan NV Passenger feature 324 seating configurations for added levels of personalization. Other than that, the cabin includes comfort features like:

  • Multi-functional trip computer
  • Dual-zone front air conditioning
  • 12 rear passenger heating and cooling vents
  • Power windows with driver’s onte-touch auto-down
  • Tilt steering column
  • Three 12-volt DC power outlets
  • Two 120-volt DC power outlets
  • Dual sun visors w/storage clips
  • Dual overhead front passenger map lights
  • six/eight cup holders
  • 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • 4-way manual front passenger seat
  • USB port
  • 4/6 speaker system
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Interior

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Exterior

7.0/10

It is not just the NV Passenger’s cabin that bears resemblance to the NV Cargo but its exterior is also exactly the same. So basically it is just as functional and lacks form. On the base variants the grille is made up of black plastic and the rest of the boxy design is underscored by split rear cargo doors and sliding passenger-side door.

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Three Quarter View

Moving up the trim-ladder covers the grille and front and rear bumpers in chrome. This makes the NV Passenger look a bit more appealing than it does in its simplest avatar. At the same time, dual power side mirrors, also in chrome, besides improving practicality also elevate premiumness.

Model

Nissan NV Passenger

Ford Transit Passenger Van

GMC Savana 3500 Extended Van

Ram Promaster Window Van

Curb Weight

6781 lbs

N/A

6408 lbs

N/A

Length

240.6"

235.5"

244.1"

250.6"

Width

79.9"

81.3"

79.2"

81.3"

Height

84.0"

99.2"

82.9"

105.9"

Ground Clearance

8.1"

N/A

7.7"

N/A

Wheelbase

146.1"

147.6"

155.0"

159.0"

All other vans are about as equally boxy as the NV Passenger but they pay a little better attention to detail. The NV Passenger is the least attractive of the lot. It is big on built but not so much on styling.

What are those eye catching features?

The not-so-alluring exterior features of the Nissan NV Passenger that make it resemble the Nissan NV Cargo are:

  • Halogen headlights
  • DRLS
  • Chrome grille and door handles
  • Chrome outside mirrors
  • UV-reducing front windshield glass
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior
2020 Nissan NV Passenger Van Exterior

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Safety

8.0/10

Like the NV Cargo, the NV Passenger too has not been tested by authorities for its safety ratings. Nonetheless, the NV Passenger has been fortified with safety features to ensure safety of passengers. They include:

  • Eight airbags
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt
  • LATCH
  • Zone body construction w/crumple zones
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Tire pressure monitor

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Competition

Nissan NV Passenger vs. Ford Transit Passenger Van

Not that the NV Passenger isn’t a logical choice but clearly not over the Ford Transit Passenger Van. Yes, the latter is the more expensive of the two but for that price the Ford Transit Van offers significant upgrades. It looks better, can seat more people and is also more practical. Not only does it manage to do things the NV Passenger can but also does them better.

2020 Ford Transit Passenger Van

Nissan NV Passenger vs. Ram Promaster

The Ram Promaster is not exactly made for hauling passengers but the NV Passenger is purpose-built for it. That way the Nissan NV Passenger is more practical as you’d have to get aftermarket seats installed on the Promaster which can be hectic. But the Promaster is more accommodating which adds to its value.

2020 Ram Promaster

2020 Nissan NV Passenger Final Verdict

7.5/10

The Nissan NV Passenger does what a passenger van should do. It has seats that are comfortable and accommodating and a cabin that favors the driver. That way this Nissan fulfils its purpose. Also it offers enough variety for the price it charges. But the other vans in this segment pay a lot more attention to the little details that make them a more attractive proposition.