2. A Cargo Van Doesn’t Have to be Technology Free
It’s a far cry from the lane-sensing, self-steering, auto-braking technologies Nissan is capable of delivering in its Infiniti models, or the revolutionary AWD system in the GT-R, but the NV still surprised me with technology including the two things anyone with a truck like this could ever really ask for: Bluetooth and a backup camera, both of which come on the top-trim SV model.
For anyone who drives a truck like this regularly, or uses it as part of a fleet, Bluetooth is perfect. For me, it was more than perfect. Sure I spent a lot of time during the move in the back of the truck, loading and unloading, but I also spent plenty of miles behind the wheel despite just moving 10 minutes away. It’s nice to be connected, especially when your home phone is disconnected.
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As for the backup camera. It’s better than nothing, though hardly perfect. The screen is tiny and watching my father in law wave me back through the mirrors worked better. The built in sensors were a bit too sensitive, but they at least made sure I didn’t run him over.
Then there’s the technology you hope you never use. The NV comes with front airbags, side-impact airbags roof-mounted curtain air bags, as well as a tire pressure monitoring system (so you know when you’ve run over a nail. . . for the second time that week). Nissan also equips the NV with Vehicle Dynamic Control, a fancy name for stability control, which will save your butt if you lose control.