2020 Nissan NV Cargo

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2020 Nissan NV Cargo Review: The Titan Of Cargo Vans

If you think the 2020 Nissan NV Cargo looks like an absolute titan, you wouldn't be wrong, since Nissan's full-size cargo van is mechanically related to the Nissan Titan pickup truck. Unfortunately, the Titan-like styling doesn't exactly make the NV look like a supermodel. This duck might be ugly, but it's pretty capable, and a large number of businesses trust these machines to transport goods and services daily. The 2020 NV is part of the first-generation full-size van built by Nissan for the US, first introduced for the 2012 MY, and is offered with two powerful engine options, topped by a 375-horsepower gasoline V8 engine. Nissan provides this handy tool with two roof heights and three payload configurations. The NV doesn't offer as much cargo space as competitors such as the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter but starts at only $29,890, making it rather enticing for business owners looking to save a buck.

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2020 Nissan NV Cargo Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2019 Nissan NV Cargo?

The 2020 model year sees the SL trim uplifted to be exclusively compatible with the NV3500 HD payload configuration, while some of the available features have been shuffled around to better define each of the trim levels. The NV2500 S has also lost the option to equip the stronger V8 engine, with the NV2500 SV now being the lowest level trim with that right.

Pros and Cons

  • Drives well for its size
  • Comfy seats
  • Two body style options
  • Easy to use controls
  • Truck-like towing ability
  • Cheap interior
  • Not a lot of tech
  • Terrible fuel economy
  • Only one body length available

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2020 Nissan NV Cargo Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
NV1500 S V6
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
NV2500 HD S V6
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
NV1500 SV V6
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
NV2500 HD SV V6
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
NV2500 HD SV V8
5.6L V8 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive

NV Cargo Exterior

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  • Length 240.6 in
  • Wheelbase 146.1 in
  • Height 83.9 in
  • Max Width 79.9 in

Exterior Colors

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Glacier White
  • Cayenne Red Metallic
  • Arctic Blue Metallic

NV Cargo Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The NV1500 and NV2500 models come equipped with a tried-and-trusted 4.0-liter gasoline V6 engine producing 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive is the standard means of power delivery, with a 5-speed automatic gearbox handling shiftwork. The 6-cylinder engine carries the NV Cargo van with confidence but can feel slightly strained when fully loaded. V6 trims have a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs, but adding a tow-hitch receiver increases that figure to 6,900 lbs. The more powerful 5.6-liter V8 motor produces 375 hp and 387 lb-ft. Here power is sent to the rear via a 7-speed automatic. The V8-engined van can tow up to 9,400 lbs, significantly more than its rivals.

  • Engines
    4.0L V6 Gas, 5.6L V8 Gas
  • Transmissions
    5-Speed Automatic, 7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

NV Cargo Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    28.0 Gallons
* 2020 Nissan NV Cargo NV1500 S V6 Standard Roof

NV Cargo Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Front Head Room 42.8 in

NV Cargo Trunk and Cargo Space

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NV Cargo Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Nissan NV Cargo a good van?

The 2020 NV Cargo is all about getting down to business, and it does so very effectively, while its relative age bodes well for reliability. This cargo van might not be the prettiest thing on the road, but under the skin, it shines: both its V6 and V8 engine options deliver impressive performance and allow the NV, in V8 configuration, to hail a class-leading 9,400 lbs. This does, however, come with a hefty fuel bill. On the inside, Nissan offers the bare essentials, and we feel that this doesn't cut it in a market where competitors are delivering car-like interiors in their cargo van offerings, and vans such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter make the NV's insides look like a cave painting. This won't matter to the shrewd business person, as you're getting a full-size van for the price of a smaller model. The Ford Transit offers much more cargo space thanks to its extended-wheelbase offering, but in standard form, the NV is a hard bargain to beat.

🚗What 2020 Nissan NV Cargo Model Should I Buy?

As you may have gathered from this review of the 2020 Nissan NV Cargo, because of the nature of this vehicle, the choice will depend purely on your business needs. If you're simply after something to carry a bit of stock or equipment but not have to trailer a lot, the base-model NV1500 S will be perfect. For heavy-duty jobs, the 2500 HD and the 3500 HD models with the more powerful 5.6-liter V8 engine are the way to go. The V8 models can also tow a hefty amount, which makes the increase in the price of the 2020 Nissan NV cargo van well worthwhile for the upgrade.

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