Seat Time: 2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo SV

August 18th, 2014 at 3:00pm

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: Chip Drake
Manufacturer: Nissan-Renault
Make: Nissan
Model: NV200 Cargo SV
Type: Minivan
Competitors: Ford Transit Connet; RAM Promaster City Cargo
Price: $21,280 (base); $23,645 (as tested)
Made in: Final Assembly: Civac Plant, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Drivetrain: 2.0-Liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine; Continously Variable Transmission
EPA Ratings: 24city, 25highway (24combined)

Final Impression:

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo VanIf Batman’s nemesis The Riddler were writing this review, it might start like this: Riddle Me This, Caped Crusader, When is a Cargo Van like a Taxi? And of course the answer is when the manufacturer is Nissan. The maker of the “Taxi of Tomorrow” uses the same NV200 shell, which was chosen to cart customers in Yellow Cab form around America’s Gotham City. Yet the problem with that particular vehicle is it’s too expensive for the notoriously “thrifty” (read cheap) taxi owners.

2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi

However, it may not be too late for a compromise. If we can get someone with a certain problem-solving experience involved, perhaps that guy who wears the cowl, maybe he could convince cab drivers to invest in an NV 200 Cargo instead. It’s got a ton of room, drives and handles like a dream (empty or full) and even comes equipped with pre-stamped slots where you could tie down everything from 2 by 4s to lawn chairs (though if people are going to ride in the chairs you just might need government approval).

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van

Yet something like this might solve the ongoing NV dilemma; Nissan would start selling more vans, there will be newer, roomier cabs running around the city and Batman might even mothball that old ride and upgrade to a new & exciting NVmobile — with all that room he could save on rent and put the whole Bat Cave in the cargo section. So riddle me this: what vehicle (all trim levels) sold only 5,800 units last year and looks an awful lot like the Nissan NV200? “Holy Taxi of Tomorrow, Batman,” as Robin might say, “they’ve gotta do better than that.” Actually, when you think about it, maybe that’s the cry coming out of Nashville.

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