Nissan NV Passenger 2021 – Review, Specs, Photos

The Nissan NV full-size vans soldier on for the 2021 model year in the United States with no apparent updates other than their higher prices. For some reason that Nissan did not communicate, the 2021 NV Cargo and 2021 NV Passenger have higher starting MSRPs than 2021 models. All the necessary information about – 2021 Nissan NV Passenger read on.

New Nissan NV Passenger 2021

The Nissan NV Cargo made its debut back in 2012 and has received relatively few updates since then. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s basically a big box on wheels supported by a pair of strong engines and body-on-frame construction borrowed from the last-gen Nissan Titan pickup. This combo helps it achieve some hefty towing numbers and seating for up to 12 passengers. That said, the NV is fairly dated, especially compared to newer competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit, both of which offer all-wheel drive and fuel efficient diesel engines. They’re also available with more modern features and a wider array of body configurations to help fit even more passengers inside than the Nissan. But if you are just looking for a basic passenger van that can easily pull a trailer, the NV is worth checking out. Nissan NV Passenger 2021 – see interior and exterior photos in the article.


Leather upholstery is available for all four rows of seating, and the standard setup includes four rows of seating, with the second and third rows fully removable and adjustable. The fourth row can also be removed, in part or in full. As for the area around the front row, the front passenger seat folds forward flat to create a work surface, while 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 includes a rear heating and air conditioning system with adjustable/rotating vents, plus map lamps for the rear rows as well as a rear cargo lamp, third-row 12-volt DC outlet and cupholders and storage cubbies throughout. SV models add cruise control, an 8-way-adjustable driver’s seat, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, rear map lights, 12-volt power outlets, rear parking sensors and an improved 6-speaker sound system, plus chrome for the bumpers, grille, door handles and other details. The SL includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, fog lamps, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front parking sensors NissanConnect with navigation and mobile apps, a 5.8-inch color display, enhanced voice recognition, hands-free text assist and Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming. New Nissan NV Passenger 2021 – see the photo on this page!


Function most definitely takes preference over form when it comes to the exterior of the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger; what we’re trying to say is that the NV is downright ugly, there’s no real way around it. But, at least it’s boxy dimensions wear some hard-wearing and practical features that should make it easier to overlook that front-end. Base model vans come as standard with 17-inch steel wheels, a basic black-plastic grille, and bumpers as well as 50/50 split rear cargo doors, a sliding passenger-side door, and halogen headlights with daytime running lights. Higher up in the range, the exterior gains a few more premium looking features such as a chrome grille, front and rear bumper, and dual power side mirrors. Top of the range NV Passenger Vans get a set of fog lights, two front tow hooks, a front sonar system as well as a class four tow hitch receiver and seven-pin connector and brake controller pre-wiring, and some chrome exterior trim.


When it comes to the exterior color options for the 2021 Nissan NV, there’s a simple palette of six colors on offer which might seem limited, but makes total sense seeing as the NV is basically just a box on wheels built to transport people from A to B. New owners can choose between the ubiquitous Pearl White or Glacier White or the movie villain Super Black. Arctic Blue Metallic, Cayenne Red Metallic, and Brilliant Silver Metallic are the three most civilian-friendly colors on offer. Our choice of color for the 2021 Nissan NV Passenger would have to be Brilliant Silver, as it helps to slim down the bulky exterior and gives the NV more family-friendly appeal as opposed to the black or white blue-collar alternative. Brilliant Silver Metallic. Super Black. Cayenne Red. Glacier White. Pearl White. Java Metallic, Build Out: 03/12/2021. Arctic Blue Metallic. Two option packages add carlike conveniences and tech items that both the driver and passengers might find useful. A Power Basic Package adds to the S model power windows, power door locks, central locking, remote keyless entry, and cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls. On the SV you can step up to a Technology Package that brings the 5.8-inch touch screen with rearview camera system and navigation, a USB port, an aux-in port, SiriusXM satellite radio, XM NavTraffic and Bluetooth.

Fuel economy

None of the gargant-UVs in this class have spectacular fuel economy, but the Armada is by far the most unspectacular. Its EPA estimates and real-world test results are the lowest among the rivals we tested. The all-wheel-drive version matched its 18-mpg highway rating on our 200-mile fuel-economy test route. That was less than its competitors, but most of them underachieved in our test.


Powering the base model and the mid-range NV Passenger is a 4.0-liter V6 engine producing 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. This engine features continuously variable valve timing, direct fuel injection, and a 650 CCA heavy-duty battery. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an old-school five-speed automatic transmission. The V6 engine offers enough pep for in-town driving but feels underpowered when the NV is fully loaded with people and their stuff. This becomes more evident when you merge onto the freeway. The top of the range SL model comes standard with a more powerful 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine, which manages to produce a healthy 375 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm which gives the NV Passenger Van a much-needed kick in the behind. The V8 engine is mated to a standard seven-speed automatic transmission and is the combination to go for, in our opinion, especially if you’re planning on hauling around a large number of people on a daily basis.

Technical specifications

The V6 makes 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, and it should be just fine for most passenger duty. Meanwhile the V8, which makes 375 horsepower and a much higher 387 pound-feet of torque, is definitely the pick to haul the heaviest payloads or for regular towing duties. Rated payload for the NV ranges up to 2,700 pounds, when properly equipped; the V6 is good to tow up to 6,200 pounds and the V8 for 8,700 pounds.


The base 2021 Nissan NV 1500 Cargo Standard Roof S V6 is priced from $29,890, adding $550 over the previous model year. As for the entry-level 2021 NV 2500 Cargo High Roof S V6, it’s $450 more expensive than its 2021 predecessor. The same goes for the 2021 NV Passenger, which now starts at $36,110 in the 3500 S base configuration whereas the equivalent 2021 model was $450 cheaper. All prices exclude a $1,395 destination and handling fee. A closer look at the lineup reveals a simplification of the trim levels for the NV Cargo, with Nissan deleting the previously-available NV 2500 SL V6 and NV 2500 S V8 trim levels from the lineup, for both Standard Roof and High Roof models.


The Nissan NV Passenger Van has not been tested by either the NHTSA or the IIHS, which is rather worrisome considering its people-carrying purpose, but Nissan has ensured that there are ample airbags and additional electronic assistance features to keep things relatively safe in case of a serious accident. Unlike its cargo-carrying counterpart, the NV Passenger Van takes rear passengers into account with additional rear passenger protection included in the overall design of the safety plan. First up, you get a standard airbag system with dual-stage front and side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags with rollover sensors for all outboard passengers. There are pipe-style steel side-door guard beams in place to keep things secure in case of a serious side-impact, and you also get front and rear crumple zones with hood-buckling creases and safety stops. Brake-away engine mounts, a slide-away brake pedal assembly, and tire-pressure monitoring system all help add to the overall safety of the NV. SV and SL models come equipped with an immobilizer security system. Driver assistance features include standard cruise control, a rearview monitor, and electronic traction control. Both SV and SL variants get a rear sonar system, but only SL models get the same in the front. Nissan also offers an optional vehicle tracking and recovery system for $500.


The NV Passenger van is offered in three different models: NV3500 S, NV3500 SV and NV3500 HD SL. On S and SV models, a 4.0L V6 is standard, while a 5.6L V8 engine is optional on those models and standard on the SL. Both engines are hooked up to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The NV Passenger continues to offer a four-row, 12-passenger seating capacity with up to 324 possible seat configurations. The split second- and third-row seats are completely removable and reposition-able. The 50/50-split 4th row seat can be partially or completely removed as needed. As before, the NV Cargo and NV Passenger are powered by a standard 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and rated at 261 HP and 281 lb-ft (381 Nm) of torque. A 5.6-liter Endurance V8 power plant hooked to a heavy-duty 7-speed automatic transmission is optional, offering best-in-class horsepower and torque levels of 375 HP and 387 lb-ft (525 Nm) of torque.


Living with the NV is a tale of two engines, a naturally aspirated V6 producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm available in the S and SV and a V8 producing 375 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm available in the SL. Both engines are adept at pulling along the twenty-foot van, but in either configuration, the overall experience is the same; you’re driving a nearly 7,000-pound van, so progress is mild instead of manic, and you’ll have to think carefully before making any major moves out on the road. Around town, there’s enough get-up-and-go to stick with traffic, but fully loaded, you’ll be better off with the V8 model, which benefits from a superior mid-range punch of torque. Out on the open road the NV gets up to speed with no major complaints and will sit at the speed limit with ease, but overtaking should be carefully considered; acceleration is hampered by the fact that the NV was purpose-built to resist the wind and progress after 60 miles per hour can feel strained. According to Nissan, the V8 NV Passenger Van is able to tow a maximum of 8,700 lbs when fitted with the correct tow hitch receiver, besting all rivals in this regard.


The 2021 Nissan NV Passenger is a full-size van with seating for up to 12 passengers. It is offered in three trim levels — S, SV and SL — with a choice of two engines. The S and the SV use a 4.0-liter V6 (261 horsepower, 281 lb-ft of torque) paired with a five-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Standard on the SL is a 5.6-liter V8 (375 hp, 387 lb-ft) that is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The base S trim is outfitted with three rows of configurable bench seats, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, cruise control, a rearview camera, a 7-inch display, Bluetooth and a four-speaker stereo. The SV adds some rear parking sensors, a power driver’s seat, a center console, additional 12-volt power outlets, overhead lighting for the passenger rows, and an upgraded six-speaker stereo. The top-of-the-line SL trim is only available with the V8 engine. It adds foglights, front parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control for the front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Oddly, the SL reverts to a smaller 5.8-inch touchscreen, but it does come with a navigation system, NissanConnect mobile apps and satellite radio. The outside mirrors are heated and extendable for towing, and the SL receives a Class IV receiver hitch, front tow hooks, prewiring for a seven-pin connector, and a brake controller. Just one option is available: the Navigation package. It upgrades the SV with the SL’s navigation system, a 5.8-inch display and NissanConnect.

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The needs of full-size van buyers vary wildly, so it’s difficult to recommend a specific variant. The standard S trim is pretty spartan, so we suggest stepping up to the SV offers a good amount of features such as more 12-volt outlets and a better stereo. We also suggest skipping the V6 and opting for the 5.6-liter V8. The most important aspect of the NV Passenger van is its seating configuration and overall seating space – why else would anyone be interested in one of these, right? What Nissan offers in the 2021 NV is a 12-person seating capacity that can be configured in an incredible 324 ways. In base form, the driver’s seat is manually adjustable in four different ways, as is the front passenger seat, but step up to the SV or SL, and you get an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with manual lumbar settings. Standard across the range is a fold-down front passenger seat with seatback tray table, as well as removable split seating (65/35 for the second and third rows, 50/50 for the fourth row). Headroom measures in at 42.8/39.6/39.8/39.6 inches first/second/third/fourth row, which means that even taller adults won’t struggle for space. Legroom in the front is a generous 42 inches while second-row passengers have to make do with only 33.9. Third and fourth-row passengers get 38.5 and 37.4 inches, respectively. The only downside to the NV is that rivals offer a sardine-like 15-seat arrangement absent from the big Nissan.


With an independent double-wishbone suspension and twin-tube coil-over shocks in front, plus a solid rear axle and leaf springs in back, the rear-wheel-drive NV Passenger van is configured for those heavy loads and durability, while allowing as much responsiveness and control as possible through engine speed-sensitive power recirculating-ball steering. All models get heavy-duty 4-wheel vented disc brakes with anti-lock and electronic brake-force distribution. While the NV looks a bit more like a pickup from the front (allowing easier serviceability, Nissan says), inside it’s the space-maximizing, box-like interior of a traditional van, 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.

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One comment

  1. I do wish Nissan would improve a few items — more power points, more cup holders, built-in video system. Change back the interior grab handles. but its much more comfortable and has more features than the Ford Transit. We have driving hundreds of hours in the Nissan and its very easy to drive & comfortable.

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