Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Nissan NV200

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Nissan NV200

4. Drives like a commercial vehicle

Powering the NV200 is a 2.0 L four-cylinder engine producing 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque. It paired up to a continuously variable transmission that sends power to the front wheels. This drivetrain combination is rough and noisy and feels underpowered at times – and this is with an unloaded van .It does however achieve decent fuel economy; the NV is rated at 24 mpg combined and I averaged 23.4 mpg in mixed driving.

The van handles fairly well for a commercial vehicle due to its small size. The skinny tires though have the van wandering a bit at highway speeds, especially in the wind. The NV200 does boast a very tight turning radius which we got to utilize when getting lost in the suburbs of San Diego.


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