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2015 Nissan NV200

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/25/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Nissan NV200 gains an updated version of NissanConnect with navigation and smartphone integration. Compact Cargo models gain new options such as rear sonar, two new exterior colors, and thee Sliding Door Glass Package. A new continuously variable transmission (CVT) and revised alternator are now standard. The Chevrolet City Express is a rebadged version of the Nissan NV200.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Nissan NV200 is a compact commercial vehicle sold in two trims, and in cargo or taxi variants. Its sole powertrain is a 2.0-liter I-4 producing 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque mated to a CVT transmission. Fuel economy is average at 24/26 mpg city highway.


The 2015 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo has a generous interior for its size with up to 122.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity and a maximum payload of 1,480 pounds. Its compact dimensions mean that it's easy to maneuver in tight spaces, making it ideal for large cities with small streets. The NV200 Taxi is optimized so that it's driver- and passenger-friendly, and can carry four people and their cargo in comfort. Available features such as navigation, and heated side mirrors make it easier to live with but the fact that the rearview camera isn't standard equipment detracts from its overall value proposition.

Performance is lacking in the 2015 NV200 as a result of the weak engine and CVT. The van struggles at higher speeds and during acceleration, causing it to produce "plenty of mechanical din in the process to assure you it's giving all it's got." The 2015 NV200's height also means that it loses some of its stability at higher speeds, which means crosswinds and larger vehicles passing at a higher speed can easily upset it.

The 2015 Nissan NV200 has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Nissan NV200 excels at being utilitarian with its maneuverability, and generous cargo space and maximum payload. During a 2013 Long Term Test, we said that the car had comfortable front seats and good fuel economy, making it a "respectable daily driver." Its high levels of functionality, which includes a low load in height and step-in height, sliding side and split rear doors, make it easy to load and haul items in the van. While its driving dynamics in city traffic is good, it loses composure at higher speeds where it is easily upset by vehicles passing at a faster speed. Additionally, we noted during a 2013 First Test review that the 2.0-liter I-4 struggles when accelerating due to its lack of power, causing it to produce excessive noise.

You'll Like

  • Maneuverable
  • Extremely functional for its size
  • Comfortable seats

You Won't Like

  • Rearview camera isn't standard
  • Weak powertrain
  • Unstable on the highway

Key Competitors

  • Ram ProMaster City
  • Chevrolet City Express
  • Ford Transit Connect Cargo/Wagon


3 star


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