(Click HERE to see the new Passenger Van at Nissan of Keene in Keene, NH.)
The passenger van is based on the standard commercial van. Among the available features are leather seating surfaces, navigation system, XM satellite radio and rear-view camera.
Nissan gets a thumbs-up in terms of safety. Headrests are standard for all seating positions, and side curtain air bags are standard for all four rows of occupants. (Chevrolet, GMC and Ford do not offer these features.) Additionally, integrated seat belts are standard for all rear seating positions. That means there are no belts hanging from the ceiling or attached to an interior panel. Instead, each belt is incorporated into the seat.
The van’s second, third and fourth row seats are removable, and Nissan claims 324 seat configurations.
And here’s another thumb’s up: A common-sense solution for the fourth row beach seat. Nissan has a 50-50 split seat for the fourth row, which makes removal easier. It takes two adults to remove the heavy, bench seat in some other full-sized vans.
In terms of power, two engines are available: a 261-hp double-overhead cam 24-valve 4.0-liter V-6 with 281 pounds feet of torque and a 317-hp 5.6-liter double-overhead 32-valve V-8 with 385 pounds feet of torque.
Both engines have continuous valve timing control and are matched to a heavy-duty five-speed automatic transmission. A 28-gallon fuel tank is standard. Miles per gallon is not reported for vehicles having a gross vehicle weight above 8,500 pounds.
The Nissan NV3500 HD will be assembled in Canton, Miss., and is available at Nissan of Keene in Keene, New Hampshire now