The work van market in the United States has long been dominated by two competing models. Those models make up ninety-five percent of all work van sales. However, they are lacking one thing that the van selling the final five percent is not. Nissan Motors did an extensive survey into this market and the result was a van that they felt would add variety and competition into any already cut-throat market. The Nissan NV van line was produced in 2011 for the 2012 model year. It is Nissan's first foray into the full-size work van venue and they have chosen to go big, and tall. With the introduction of the Nissan NV2500 HD Van, the company is adding a work van that features a higher roof than average into the competition along with a price range that rivals those without the higher roof.
The Nissan NV2500 HD Van offers a versatility that those who rely on work vans are not accustomed to. It begins with the choice of a V6 or V8 engine and ends with a higher roof that offers far more cargo and standing room. Like the other NV van models, including those with standard roofs, the 2500 HD is easy to maneuver on the roads. The handling is excellent, the steering is precise and the powerful engine ensures that no job is too big for the van. The ability to tow up to 9500 pounds and haul as much as 3925 pounds means that more work is always getting completed at one time. The ride is smooth and simple even when empty and is even softer when the cabin is full of cargo.
The work potential of the Nissan NV2500 HD Van is not wasted on the inside. It boasts many features that make it the ideal work van. Starting with the console in the center that holds hanging files and still offers plenty of room for a laptop and going all the way to the oversized cup holders. Ample cubbies provide storage opportunities and sturdy seats give support that is needed throughout the day. The high grade plastic that makes up the dashboard might not be stylish, but it is entirely functional. Easy buttons make controls user-friendly and simply to operate.
The cargo cabin of the Nissan NV2500 HD Van is just as work oriented as the cabin itself. The side walls are vertical and the back door opens at a large 243 degrees. Magnets on the rear door will hold it open and the lowered height means that getting in and out of the van is simpler. With the higher roof, men as tall as six foot three inches can stand upright in the cargo cabin making it much simpler to load and unload the haul. D-Rings on the floor allow drivers to secure their precious cargo and handles are well placed throughout. This also gives buyers 323 cubic feet of cargo space on each haul.
The Nissan NV2500 HD Van offers a quick acceleration but the steering is slightly slower than expected. Limited visibility could be a problem but doesn't stop the easy maneuvering of the van. As the first van in this price range to offer a high roof option, it is possible that Nissan has cornered a section of the market that went virtually untapped. The right combination of features makes this a great work van with heavy-duty towing capabilities.
Overall, The Nissan NV2500 HD Van is an excellent alternative to the traditional standard work van. Space, quality and features combine together to ensure that the 2500 HD stays slightly ahead of the competition. The high roof option is not available on most standard work vans and on no others in this price range. The 2500 HD boasts much more cargo space and better handling than the competition. The available features ensure that drivers and passengers can be comfortable while also maintaining a sold work vehicle. There is no passenger configuration and Nissan has not created a diesel engine alternative. Both of these could be considered behind the times, but the creation of the extended roof and the addition of a number of features on each van keep it far ahead of the game.