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2021 Nissan NV2500 Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: December 16, 2020

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Nissan has carried forward the 2020 version of NV 2500 Cargo Van for the 2021 version, with minimal changes the 2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van will be soon hitting the markets. This budget-friendly car is the choice of many people out there as it demands way too less money when compared to its rivals. This Cargo Van has lots of space on offer which is a boon for the people using this van for business purposes.

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Pros

Strong V6 powertrain

Handles well for its size

Comfortable seats

Choice of two body types to suit specific needs

Cons

Interior feels cheap

Limited standard features and dated tech

Poor fuel economy

Only one body length available

What's New?

No significant change for 2021



Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan NV2500 in Arctic Blue Metallic color 2021 Nissan NV2500 in Brilliant Silver Metallic color 2021 Nissan NV2500 in Super Black color 2021 Nissan NV2500 in Glacier White color 2021 Nissan NV2500 in Cayenne Red Metallic color
Arctic Blue 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.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Nissan NV2500 S

S

power
261 hp
fuel
Regular gas
mpg
TBD

$31,440


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 3dr Cargo Van (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $31,440 MSRP TBD 261 hp, 4 L, V-6, Regular gas
TBD rear wheel drive TBD

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van takes on RAM ProMaster, Ford Transit, and GMC Savana, the competition over here is pretty hard and the NV 2500 Cargo Van takes the advantage due to its low cost. The reason behind the low cost of NV 2500 Cargo Van is the subtraction of some features which normally other vehicles in this segment have.

2021 Nissan NV2500 front angle view
2021 Nissan NV2500 rear angle view

2021 Nissan NV2500 Pricing and Features

The 2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van will have basically three main trims namely S V6, SV V6, and SV V8. All the versions will be offered in two roof options i.e. standard roof and high roof which can be chosen by the customer according to his/her needs.

Trim

S V6

SV V6

SV V8

MSRP (Standard Roof)

$31,440

$32,430

$32,430

MSRP (High Roof)

$33,590

$34,580

$36,180

Key Features

Front air conditioning, manual

Addition to S V6 trim

Addition to SV V6 trim

 

AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio

Driveline Traction control

Only engine change from V6 to V8

 

1st row LCD monitor

Parking assist

 
 

Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry

17" silver styled steel Wheels

 
 

17" silver steel Wheels

   
 

Cloth/vinyl Seat trim

   

The S V6 trim is stuffed with most of the features and costs around $31.5K which is a fair amount for what you get, but with this, you miss out on some standard safety features like parking assist and rear-view camera which are important nowadays.

The SV V6 trim has all the stuff which S V6 trim carries and all carry the features like parking assist and rear-view camera which the base version doesn’t. Additionally, you get 17” silver styled alloy wheels with this version which indirectly enhances the looks of the vehicle. This trim costs around $32.5 grands i.e. 1000 bucks more than the base and provides you with the extra features mentioned above.

021 Nissan NV2500 three quarter view

The SV V8 trim is just different on the engine and transmission prospect from the SV V6 trim and the rest of the stuff is the same. This trim houses a 5.6L V8 engine and 7-speed automatic w/OD transmission instead of a 4.0L V6 engine and 5-speed automatic w/OD transmission. Apart from this, the features of SV V6 and SV V8 trims are identical

2021 Nissan NV2500 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Talking about the reliability and ownership cost quotient regarding Nissan vans in general then I would say that Nissan is having tough times proving its reliability and cutting the ownership cost. Nissan vans are highly unreliable and most of the reports say so.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

First talking about reliability, according to consumer reports 2020 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van was ranked 21stout of 21 with a poor score of 2.0 out of 5.0. This report clearly depicts that this van is highly unreliable and hard to sustain for a long time. J.D. Power has not rated this van so the J.D. Power Report for this car is unavailable but it is quite easy to predict the score of NV 2500 Cargo Van that it would score below 70 out of 100 according to its result in consumer reports.

Now talking about the ownership cost, well buying Nissan vans is cheap but the money saved during buying the new vehicle is spent on repairs and maintenance. The average annual maintenance cost of NV 2500 Cargo Van is $965 which is way more expensive than its competitors. Summing up, the ownership cost of Nissan vans, especially the NV 2500 Cargo Van is high.

Washington

$31,155*

Florida

$31,000*

California

$31,200*

New Jersey

$31,195*

Arizona

$31,294*

* The prices are indicative and may vary

Warranty

Well, the Nissan is behind the rivals in terms of reliability and ownership cost but it is way ahead when it comes to car assurance. Nissan offers 5 years or 100,000 miles warranty on NV 2500 Cargo Van making it the best warranty offering van manufacturer. Apart from the basic warranty offered it also offers a rust perforation warranty for 5 years with no miles condition, federal emission warranty of 5 years or 50,000 miles.

Criteria

Period

Basic limited warranty

5 years or 100,000 miles

(whichever occurs first)

Powertrain warranty

5 years or 100,000 miles

(whichever occurs first)

Rust Perforation warranty

5 years and no restriction on miles traversed

Federal Emission defects

5 years or 50,000 miles

(whichever occurs first)

Federal Emission Performance

5 years or 50,000 miles

(whichever occurs first)

Seat Belts

10 years and no restriction on miles traversed

According to consumer reviews and their experience the warranty claim is an easy and hassle-free process, customer satisfaction has been a top priority of Nissan and is working in the same direction. 

The Vans are serviced properly at the service stations by professionals, the sourcing of parts and reach of service centers is good so there is no waiting for parts and for other formalities. Overall the process of warranty claims and repairs is smooth and easy, and this is why people prefer Nissan.

2021 Nissan NV2500 Buying Advice

The Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is offered in three trims regardless of the roof options as they are personal according to the needs. Out of the three trims we recommend you to go for the SV V6 trim as it has some extra essential features over the S V6 trim like the parking assist and rear-view camera as it makes parking easy for such a big vehicle and prevents collisions while parking. We did not recommend the SV V8 variant as the power produced by the V6 engine is enough and the V6 engine is fuel-efficient than the V8 so opting for the SV V6 trim is a better choice.

Is buying a used Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van a good idea?

NO!! buying a used Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van may turn out to be a nightmare for some as the reliability of this car is just next to zero so the van may demand high repair costs which will be similar to buying a new one. Moreover, Nissan vans don’t have good fuel economy so the used one may have more running costs than the new one. So, going for a used NV 2500 Cargo Van isn’t a good idea.

2021 Nissan NV2500 Engine and Performance

As you know the 2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is offered with two engine options 4.0L V6 and 5.6L V8 engine and both the powerhouses are mated with different transmissions altogether. The 4.0L V6 engine manages to fabricate 261 hp and 283 lb-ft of torque and is mated with % speed automatic transmission. Whereas the 5.6L V8 engine produces 382 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque and is mated with 7-speed automatic transmission.

Models

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van 

2021 RAM ProMaster Cargo Van

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2021 GMC Savana Cargo Van

MSRP

$32,430

$34,440

$36,753

$32,490

Engine

4.0L V6

3.6L V6 

3.5L V6 

4.3L V6 

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic 

10-speed automatic 

8-speed automatic 

Power

261 hp @ 5,600 rpm

280 hp @ 6,400 rpm

275 hp @ 6,500 rpm

276 hp @ 5,200 rpm

Torque

283 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 3,750 rpm

298 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

The competition between these vans is very tight but taking the NV 2500 Cargo Van into the note it provides a good amount of torque than the RAM and Ford counterparts but NV 2500 Cargo Van fails to deliver power as it is the least among the four vans in comparison. 

The transmission of NV does not suit the van as 5 speeds are not enough while having such a huge body and such high demand for power and torque. So performance-wise the NV 2500 Cargo Van has got clearly beaten by the rivals.

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van Acceleration and Braking Performance

The Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van has a good and powerful engine but its acceleration is hampered due to its poor and uncalibrated transmission, NV 2500 Cargo Van takes 9.4 ticks to touch the 60-MPH mark and 16.6 ticks to cover one-fourth mile which is a very long time.

2021 Nissan NV 2500 hits 0-60 mph just in 9.4 sec

Models

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van

2021 RAM ProMaster Cargo Van

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2021 GMC Savana Cargo Van

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.4 seconds

9 seconds

7.5 seconds

8.6 seconds

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.6 seconds

16.2 seconds

15.6 seconds

16 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

100 mph

98 mph

110 mph

105 mph

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Ford counterpart has given the best 0-60 and quarter-mile timings whereas the NV 2500 Cargo Van has given the worst timings. In terms of top speed, ford has the highest top speed with 115 MPH whereas the NV 2500 Cargo Van has a flat 100 MPH which is ok for a Van.

2021 Nissan NV2500 Fuel Economy

Nissan vans have always been on the thirstier side as their engines are not as efficient as the other automakers have. The NV 2500 Cargo Van is also an inefficient van in terms of mileage, it delivers only 11 MPG in cities while 14 MPG on highways which brings the combined mileage to 12 MPG.

Models

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van 

2021 RAM ProMaster Cargo Van

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2021 GMC Savana Cargo Van

MPG (City)

11 

11 

14 

11 

MPG (Highway)

14 

16 

18 

16 

MPG (Combined)

12 

14 

16 

14 

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

28.0 

24.0 

25.0 

31.0 

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

308/392/336 

264/384/336 

350/450/400 

341/496/434 

The Rivals of Nissan like Ford and GMC have good mileage figures and in which Ford's counterpart has set new levels by offering 14 MPG in cities and 18 MPG on highways. Nissan has to work out on their engines to make them at least stand against the rivals. 

Commercial vehicles are used for transport purposes where mileage and range do matter and a vehicle has to be good on both aspects Nissan NV has a large fuel tank of 28 Gallons but has a low mileage which lessens the range of the vehicle and this makes it unsuitable for the purpose. We hope that future vehicles from Nissan are efficient enough to sustain the demands of the market.

2021 Nissan NV2500 Interior

All the vans in this Segment offer a seating capacity of 2 people but the seating offered by Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is just amazing. It offers two front seats with at most comfort and space. The headroom and legroom offered by NV 2500 Cargo Van are unrivaled and one of a kind. 

2021 Nissan NV 2500 seats

The cabin is made up of high strength plastic it may not look luxurious but is cost-justified as it offers correctly according to its price. The buttons to control the cabin are also set at the right place making the ergonomics of the cabin good and make the rider enjoy its comfort. At the rear, there is a big space to put all your stuff. The cabin has a decent look overall and is justified according to the price it comes at.

Models

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van 

2021 RAM ProMaster Cargo Van

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2021 GMC Savana Cargo Van

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

42.8/65.7/42.0

40.9/66.2/40.8

40.8/67.9/41.3

39.8/68.8/41.3

With the stars above it can be seen that Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van offers more cabin space which makes it comfortable for long journeys. Rivals of NV 2500 Cargo Van also have a comfortable cabin but some compromise in the legroom or in the seat cushioning whereas the NV 2500 Cargo Van has all in the right place.

Creature comforts on offer in the Nissan NV Cargo

Besides a roomy well-laid-out cabin and comfortable seats, the Nissan NV Cargo brings along with its comfort features like:

  • Multi-functional trip computer
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Tilt steering column
  • One 12-volt DC power outlet
  • Cup holders
  • USB port
  • Two speaker sound system

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

Standard on the Nissan NV Cargo is a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with bare-minimum features. It is easy to operate and returns sufficient response but is not very well equipped.

2021 Nissan NV 2500 infotainment system

It is just a screen with play/pause function and a smartphone connection system and nothing else. This is a major drawback of Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van and should ponder upon to make it at least comparable to the rivals.

The list of features includes:

  • Bluetooth
  • Hands-free text-messaging
  • AM/FM
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2021 Nissan NV2500 Exterior

Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is a van that has a boxy design that is in no way appealing and the design has no distant relation with aerodynamics and stuff, it is just a big moving box with a nose at the front. Even the grille upfront is stocky to complement the rest of the design, the grille could have been better to make it look a bit different.

2021 Nissan NV 2500 three quarter view

The sides of the car are plain, basic as possible with a big, wide door to give maximum accessibility. The rear also follows the same rule with tail lights for loading and unloading cargo. The van doesn’t have any chrome garnish on the sides or even on the taillights which could have spiced things up and would not look totally plain and pale.

Models

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van

2021 RAM ProMaster Cargo Van

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2021 GMC Savana Cargo Van

Curb Weight (lbs)

5817 lbs

5741 lbs

5547 lbs

5459 lbs

Length (inches)

240.6

221.4

219.9

244.1

Width (inches)

77.9

78.5

81.3

79.2

Height (inches)

83.9

81.8

82.3

83.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1

7.5

7.9

7.1

Wheelbase (inches)

146.1

139.7

129.9

155

The above stats depict that Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is the heaviest and the tallest of the lot with decent width and wheelbase. The ground clearance of the Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is highest which gives it a license for mild off-roading. In terms of look, all the vans are similar, all have boxy structures and big doors with no chrome garnishing, etc, which makes the vehicle look good.

2021 Nissan NV2500 exteruior images
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2021 Nissan NV2500 Safety

The Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute of highway safety (IIHS). The van has some standard safety features which enhance the safety of the van.

  • Driver and passenger dual-stage front airbags
  • Driver and passenger’s seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt
  • Zone body construction w/crumple zones
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Tire pressure monitor system

2021 Nissan NV2500 Competition

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van vs 2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van

The base version of Ford transit can get you the top version of Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van i.e. SV V8. The Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is more comfortable and spacious than the Ford Transit, the cargo space of the NV 2500 Cargo Van is also more so it makes it more practical to buy Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van. 

2021 Ford Transit Cargo Van  ​

On the other hand, the Ford Transit offers better mileage and looks better than NV 2500 Cargo Van but Vans are not meant for having appealing looks, they are meant for transportation, and for that purpose, Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is a better choice.

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van vs 2021 RAM ProMaster Cargo Van

The Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is a bit cheaper than The RAM counterpart but the difference is not like the Ford Transit so here NV cant take the advantage of cost over here. The Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van has a way better interior than its RAM counterpart, NV is spacious and has a good looking interior than RAM. 

2021 RAM Promaster Cargo Van 

RAM takes the advantage when it comes to mileage and cargo space, so here the competition is neck to neck and to choose one is very difficult but according to Carindigo you should go for Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van due to its better service and repairs.

2021 Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van vs 2021 GMC Savana Cargo Van

The Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is cheaper than the GMC counterpart but GMC has stuff on offer worth the difference. GMC Savana has a better interior than NV 2500 Cargo Van but not spacious. GMC has a better infotainment system and better mileage but less space for cargo. 

2021 GMC Savana Cargo Van

The NV 2500 Cargo Van is the boss in offering cargo space the difference is not much but space matters and especially when the vans are considered. It is better to go for Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van although GMC is not bad at all if you don’t want to compromise on space then Nissan NV 2500 Cargo Van is the one that is good for you.

2021 Nissan NV2500 Final Verdict

As a multi-functional Cargo Van, the 2020 Nissan NV Cargo has been adequately equipped. It also gets features like a 7-inch touchscreen and manually adjustable front row seats. At the same time, mechanical extras like the 5.6L V8 and seven-speed automatic gearbox further elevate capability. Overall, the Nissan NV Cargo manages to justify the money it asks for.

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