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Nissan NV3500 HD

Perfect if you have eleven best friends.

Nissan originally launched its NV as a cargo van with two seats and a variety of useful tie-downs and other tools for load-carrying duty. Now the company has released a passenger version that can be configured with up to twelve seats for duties like shuttling customers to rental-car lots or transporting large families. The rear-wheel-drive van has a tough, truck-style frame and offers a choice of V-6 and V-8 power. Neither engine returns particularly good fuel economy, in part because the Nissan NV is so heavy. Yet what the big box lacks in driving appeal, it makes up for in practical people-hauling ability. The four rows of seats can be arranged in a claimed 324 different configurations, and the driver has access to a large center console that can accommodate laptops or hanging file folders. The brief options list includes a touch-screen navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a backup camera. A low step-in height and a tall roof mean most passengers could stand up inside the van; sliding side doors and wide-opening rear doors make for easy entry and exit. For most normal-size families, a seven-passenger SUV or minivan would be a much more sensible choice than the NV3500 HD. Exceptionally large broods or shuttle drivers, however, are sure to appreciate the size and capability of this large passenger van.

COMPETITORS

Chevrolet Express

Ford E-series

GMC Savana

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

new for 2013

There are three additional color choices for 2013: glacier white, graphite blue, and midnight garnet.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

MPG

CITY N/A

HWY N/A

PRO

Lots of space and seating

Practical interior design

CON

Somewhat cumbersome to drive

Not fuel efficient

Base Price Range: $32,000–$38,000 (est.)

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: S, SV, SL

BODY STYLE: Van, 12-passenger

ENGINES: 4.0L V-6, 261 hp, 281 lb-ft

5.6L V-8, 317 hp, 385 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 5-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 238.1 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 2000 lb; cargo (all seats in place) 38.9 cu ft; payload 2480–2700 lb

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