- One of three full-size Nissan commercial vans
- Offered as a cargo van or passenger van (covered separately)
- V-8 engine now comes with a Class IV trailer hitch standard
The 2015 Nissan NV Cargo NV3500 HD van is a commercial van solution with plenty of convenience features centered on work applications.
The NV3500 is one of three members of Nissan’s lineup of full-size commercial vans, joining the NV 1500 and NV 2500 HD. Each is available as a cargo van, while the 3500 HD is also offered as a 12-seat passenger van (covered separately). For 2015, the NV3500 adds a new SL trim which features extra chrome trim on the exterior and a powered driver’s seat.
From the outside, the NV series’ hallmark is its boxy style, with very upright sidewalls and a squared off, truck-ish nose. Each of the exterior openings have been designed with ease of access for loading/unloading, including the side passenger sliding door which features a 41.7-inch opening that is wide enough for a forklift to load a pallet in directly. Out back, the two swing-out rear doors swing out to a 90-degree stop, and then can be released to open a full 243-degrees to fully expose the rear cargo opening. 17-inch steel wheels come standard, while chrome bumpers and side mirrors, and privacy glass are optional. The NV3500 is also available in a high-top roof version that adds 21.1 inches of height.
Under the hood, the standard engine is a 317-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 that makes 385 pounds-feet of torque that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and takes regular gasoline. Towing capacity maxes out at 9,500 pounds (max payload is 4,022 pounds).
Inside you’ll find seating for two passengers and 234.1 cubic feet of cargo space. In high-roof versions, that becomes 323.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and the roof is high enough for a 6-foot 3-inch person to fully stand up. The cargo area can be turned into a mobile office, workspace, or it can remain an open area for the storage/transport of larger cargo. In fact, the cargo area is large enough to fit two 40x48-inch pallets front to back and there are six floor-mounted D-rings to keep cargo in its place. Up front, a large center console sits between the two seats and is large enough to fit hanging files or hold a laptop. Interior options include cruise control, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and a 120-volt outlet.
Standard safety features include front airbags, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.