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2012 Nissan NV Interior

This interior review was written when the 2012 Nissan NV was new.

Reviewers are impressed with the Nissan NV’s interior, saying that it’s well-designed for a day at the job site, and its seats are surprisingly comfortable. While no work van is as luxurious as many minivans and crossover SUVs, test drivers say that as far as commercial vehicles go, the NV is one of the most tolerable places to spend your work day.

  • "From the first time you slip behind the wheel of the NV, it's apparent how much time and thought Nissan's designers and engineers have put into this van. Each console and cupholder is within reach and is large enough for any kind of workhorse duty. … Everything inside the NV is very well planned and makes for a very versatile space.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Not fancy by any means, but plush and high-tech isn't a priority for a commercial vehicle.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Wind and noise levels are fairly muted for such a boxy vehicle, even at higher cruising speeds.” -- Edmunds


Base Nissan NV cargo vans come standard with seating for two, while NV passenger vans have standard seating for 12 people. The driver’s seat in base trims of both models is four-way manually-adjustable with cloth front seats, but upgrading to SV trims will trade the driver’s seat in for an eight-way power-adjustable seat with lumbar support. That’s rare for a work van.

Overall, reviewers say that the seats are fairly comfortable, and that the side-assist grab handles make them easier to get to than in some of the competition.

  • "The seats are surprisingly comfortable.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The NV's seats are well-shaped and firm enough to provide solid back and leg support on longer drives. The van's longer nose provides notably more space for the driver and front passenger's legs and feet than a typical van.” -- Edmunds
  • "Best of all, every seatbelt is mounted to its seat, so there's no hacking your way through a jungle of shoulder belts to reach the rear seat.” -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Like most work vans, base models of the Nissan NV are short on standard features, but premium SV trims add features that many of the NV’s rivals don’t offer. The base NV 1500 S comes standard with an AM/FM radio with a CD player and two speakers, manual air conditioning and roof rack mounting points. Upgrading to SV trims means shoppers get a standard four-speaker stereo, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, cruise control, rear parking sensors and optional Bluetooth and a backup camera.

Overall, test drivers note that the van’s interior is noisy due to a lack of insulation, but that the electronics are easy to use.

  • "All gauges and controls are large and intuitive.” -- Edmunds
  • "The van's size and lack of interior finishing means it echoes inside; when the doors lock as you drive off, the noise ricochets around the cabin like a gunshot.” -- Automobile Magazine


Depending on the model, the Nissan NV can hold up to 323.1 cubic feet of cargo in High Roof models or 234.1 cubic feet in Standard Roof models. That’s more than most other work vans except the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which can hold up to 547 cubic feet in the largest cargo model. To check the cargo capacity of a particular model, see the full list of 2012 Nissan NV specs.

Test drivers love the small-item storage available in the Nissan NV, which is also unusually good for the class. In most cases, vans don’t include many storage cubbies or innovative cargo-carrying features, but reviewers love the NV’s huge center console and tie-down rings in the cargo area. Plus, the rear doors can swing open 243 degrees, making the cargo area much easier to access than other vans.

  • "The D-rings built into the load floor -- each rated to withstand 1000 pounds -- came in handy for cinching down cargo.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cavernous center console will swallow a laptop, files, and all sorts of other stuff that may be useful to a commercial-van driver.” -- Car and Driver
  • "All gauges and controls are large and intuitive and there are plenty of small cubbies for things like parking cards, cell phones and Power Bars. The four cupholders between the seats are generously sized for voluminous morning-size coffee cups.” -- Edmunds
  • "The rear doors on the NV 2500 HD can swing open and lock at angles of 90 degrees. But if more utility is needed, they can be made to open and lock at 243 degrees on flat land and hills. That makes loading and unloading stuff a lot easier.” -- The Washington Post
Review Last Updated: 10/10/13

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