The NV Passenger van is offered in three different models: NV3500 S, NV3500 SV and NV3500 SL. A 4.0L V6 is standard on S and SV models, while a 5.6L V8 engine is standard on the SL. The 4.0L V6 is mated to a 5-speed automatic while the 5.6L V8 is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The V6 makes 261 horsepower and 281 foot-pounds of torque, making it fine for most passenger duty. Meanwhile, the V8 makes 375 horsepower and a much higher 387 pound-feet of torque; definitely the pick to haul the heaviest payloads or for regular towing duties. Rated payload for the NV ranges up to 2,800 pounds when properly equipped; the V6 is good to tow up to 2,000 pounds and the V8 for 8,700 pounds.
The rear-wheel-drive NV Passenger van is configured with an independent double wishbone suspension and twin tube coilover shocks in front, plus a solid rear axle and leaf springs in back for durability and those heavy loads. Speed-sensitive power steering allows as much responsiveness and control as possible. All models get heavy-duty 4-wheel vented disc brakes with anti-lock and electronic brakeforce distribution.
Though the NV looks a bit more like a pickup from the front (allowing easier serviceability, according to Nissan), it has the space-maximizing, box-like interior of a traditional van inside, brought upscale in many respects. The Passenger van comes with a single sliding side door on the right side, plus dual 50/50 split French rear doors that open 243 degrees.
The standard setup includes four rows of seating with the second and third rows being fully adjustable and removable. The fourth row can also be removed in part or in full. Additionally, leather upholstery is available for all four rows. As for the area around the front row, the front passenger seat folds forward flat to create a work surface. Moreover, there's a large center console that leaves space for a laptop and even binders or hanging files. 120-volt AC outlets are available for the front console as well as the rear cargo area.
Even the base S trim includes power door locks and front windows, cruise control, rear heating and air conditioning system with adjustable/rotating vents, plus a rear cargo lamp and cup holders and storage cubbies throughout. A 7-inch display for infotainment and Bluetooth streaming audio are also standard. SV models add map lamps for the rear rows, an 8-way adjustable driver's seat, a total of 3 12-volt power outlets, 2 120-volt AC outlets, rear parking sensors and an improved 6-speaker sound system with SiriusXM Satellite radio; plus chrome for the bumpers, grille, door handles and 17-inch chrome chrome-clad styled steel wheels. The SL includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, fog lamps, dual-zone front climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear parking sensors and NissanConnect with navigation and mobile apps.
A Navigation Package can be added on the SV, which includes a 5.8-inch infotainment touchscreen with rearview camera system and navigation with real-time traffic and weather display, NissanConnect internet access and XM NavTraffic.