Nissan NV200 Vs Ford Transit Connect
In this modern, fast-paced world, we are on the constant search for a well performing vehicle that can keep up to our busy lifestyle. For some, that is the cargo van. With the ability to maneuver through city streets and down small town roads with efficient ease and enough space to carry virtually anything, these convenient cargo carriers are the go-to for small and big business men and women alike.
Sitting high in Nissan NV200’s driver’s seat, cruising through Edmonton’s busy downtown streets, it is easy to see why so many would make this their first choice for a utility vehicle. Nissan isn’t the only manufacturer to bring this type of vehicle to the market, though for an import it seems to be dominating the American platform.
How does it stand up against its American counterparts? Ford has presented the Transit Connect as a worthy rival, but which brand really comes out on top?
Price-wise, the NV200 beats the Transit Connect right out of the gate. With a lower starting MSRP than the Ford model and a lifetime estimated cost of ownership sitting at $0.33 per km versus the $0.37 per km for the Transit Connect, the NV200 is the first choice, fiscally. The differences don’t end there either. For both being marketed as economic cargo vans, the NV200 and the Transit Connect are worlds apart.
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As a vehicle that is meant to appeal to consumers as well as commercial buyers alike, Ford’s Transit Connect is a more luxurious ride, with an optional seven person seating capacity. The two-seater NV200 is made a bit tougher, with more durable interior materials and a more inside and out business appeal. The high sitting front seats of the NV200 give the impression of driving a commercial truck, whereas the Transit Connect feels more like a car with a lot of headroom. Along with tall comfortable seats in the NV200, a large windshield and low belt line for the door windows combine for a better outward view and greater sense of security as you ride above the constant stream of city traffic in your own convenient mobile office.
The NV200 boasts twenty interior tie-down points, rubber covered floors and a 60/40 opening rear door, allowing for the easy loading, hauling and unloading of anything from restaurant equipment to carpentry tools. Nissan refuses to complicate anything in its design of this tougher than nails commercial transporter. Even the electronics seem a little old-school with orange-lit gauges and switches and an easy to read information presentation system. You won’t be overloaded with useless data and you won’t be fumbling around trying to figure out how much longer you can go before you have to fuel up.
The most advanced technology inside the NV200 seems to be the NissanConnect multimedia system, which with the optional backup camera and navigation system is still amazingly user friendly, being mounted high on the dash for easy access. Don’t worry though, the interior of the NV200 isn’t completely barbaric – despite manual climate controls, it is equipped with Bluetooth capabilities, a USB port and steering wheel controls for both audio and cruise control.
Despite being a sleek, steel-walled panel van with no rear seats to muffle driving noise, the NV200 is an amazingly quiet ride. No rattling or booming from road noise, even at highway speeds, and tall sidewall tires provide a smooth ride with excellent pothole absorption. For a size comparison, the Transit Connect is much wider than the NV200, making parking a bit more of a challenge. The Transit Connect also has a larger turning radius than the NV200, so maneuverability is also reduced. With a payload capacity of 1,500 lbs, the NV200 also rivals most pickup trucks.
It’s a close race between Ford’s Transit Connect and Nissan’s NV200, but the narrower build of the latter combined with unbeatable power and hauling capacity push the NV200 over the top. Nissan’s 2.0-liter 4 cylinder monster produces 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. This neat little van is also equipped with a CVT transmission, yet unseen in Ford’s model, helping to reach a 24/25/24 city/higway/combined mile per gallon fuel economy.
When considering Nissan’s basic warranty of 5 years or 160,000 kms versus Ford’s 3 year, 60,000 km warranty, the choice is obvious. If you are looking for a work vehicle with impressive handling, a comfortable ride and the power to get the job done without breaking the bank, look no further. The Nissan NV200 in Edmonton is the work horse that you are searching for. Check it out for yourself!