2013 Nissan NV vs. Ford Transit Connect
The 2013 Nissan NV and the 2013 Ford Transit Connect are both compact cargo vans. Each has strengths and weaknesses, but the Nissan NV comes out on top for a variety of reasons. The two vehicles aren’t incredibly different, but there are some significant advantages to the NV. The NV has become so popular that it has been selected as New York City’s designated large-size taxi. The vehicle is a bit larger than the Transit Connect, with about six more inches in length. The NV starts at $19,999, and the Transit Connect starts at $22,425.
The NV is designed with a uni-body similar to a car as its platform. Nissan’s logic behind this decision is to increase the vehicle’s maneuverability when challenged with tight spaces. It has an efficient 36.7-foot turning circle compared to the Transit Connect’s, which comes in at 29 feet. In terms of cargo space, the Transit Connect has just a bit more space than the NV. However, it is much easier to load cargo into and out of the NV as it has a load floor that is only 19.5 inches above the road. One of the NV’s key advantages over the Transit Connect is that it utilizes a rear leaf truck suspension. This results in gracious and superior handling.
Under the NV’s hood is a 4-cylinder engine with 131 horses and 2.0 liters. It is attached to a continuously variable transmission. The vehicle performs without a problem on both urban and highway roads. The Transit Connect has 136 horses, 2.0 liters, and an automatic transmission. The NV has better engine torque compared to the Transit Connect. The NV hits 139 pound-feet of torque, while the Transit Connect has 128 pound-feet.
The NV’s interior amenities include a CD stereo, power windows, navigation, backup camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Transit Connect has far fewer bells and whistles and makes the buyer pay an extra cost for a CD player and power windows. The NV has legroom of 42.6 inches compared to the Transit Connect’s 40.5 inches. You can actually perform work inside of the NV. It has a center console storage slot for files or even a laptop. There is also a recessed storage section in the top section of the instrument panel that is ideal for holding documents. Even the passenger seats will fold to create extra room for you to work or store more gear. The front passenger seat actually folds over, and its back becomes a writing desk for the driver or rear passengers to use.
Each of the vehicles has dual sliding doors to facilitate loading and unloading. The Nissan NV offers more flexibility with 60/40 split doors, while the Transit Connect is a step below at 50/50. The NV’s doors can also open to stationary positions of both 90 degrees and 180 degrees. The NV’s payload is around 1,500 pounds with free space totaling 122.7 cubic feet. It also allows drivers to customize the interior with equipment racks or shelves.
Four front airbags are present in the NV, two for the driver and two for the front passenger. There is also a side curtain airbag; the Transit Connect does not have side curtain airbags. The NV has high mounted headlights compared to the Transit Connect, which makes it easier to see from behind the wheel of the NV. The NV averages 24 miles per gallon on city roads and 25 miles per gallon on highways. This is excellent fuel economy for such a large vehicle. The Transit Connect lags behind in this category, scoring 21 city miles per gallon and 23 highway, respectively.