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boilermaker's picture
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Anyone seen this van?

Look! A new passenger van.

We've been busy researching larger vehicles (we currently have a minivan and a Tahoe....but want to get something bigger than the mini in the next year or so.)

Has anyone heard anything about these or seen one?

http://www.nissancommercialvehicles.com/nvpassenger

Our dealership says they aren't getting any until early April, but they look interesting. Kind of ugly, but just gives big families another option from the Chevy, Ford, or Sprinter vans. I like the way that this one can configure the seating in a variety of ways and has headrests for all.....and seems like it will have better mpg than the current vans, with a smaller price tag than the Sprinter.

Anyone ever own a large Nissan? What'd ya think? I haven't had a Nissan for about 15 years (and then it was a tiny T-top kind of a car....lol!)

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I kind of like it! I like the look better than your standard full size van. And the removable seats with built in seat belts are a great feature.

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Kind of like it too!

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I like it too! I think it's better looking than a standard passenger van, and it has an SUV look which I like. I wish we could afford to buy one. I wish we could afford to buy anything!

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I really like this! Any idea how much it will cost? I tried searching the website for a price but maybe I wasn't looking in the right spots??

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Oh thats much trendier looking than our Ford Econoline 12 seater! Its a boring white w/ gray interior. I doubt very much we could afford one either especially since we just bought the ford last year.

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"Lots-o-Tots" wrote:

I like it too! I think it's better looking than a standard passenger van, and it has an SUV look which I like. I wish we could afford to buy one. I wish we could afford to buy anything!

This, basically.

The beast is...well...the beast, but ugh the car payment. That's something we've avoided up until now, and something I can't justify until we actually need it. But I think you all will know what I mean when I say it's so pretty!

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WOW!!! I love the headrests, how the seatbelts are not just across the waist in the middle seats, the sliding door, the beautiful features
BUT! I need more storage and seating ( a 15 passanger) .
But it would be a great vehicle to have if I had fewer kids!

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The base was like high 20,000's to low 30,000' s I think I found. That is base price...not sure what it includes. We wont be in the market for a new car in the near future...actually we are replacing our suburban soon...but with a small car since we have a van too!

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Very nice looking. We are currently looking for a 12 or 15 passenger van (used) to be able to fit all of our kids and our stuff for traveling...we travel every couple of months or so to our parents' homes. I will be sad to get rid of my Toyota Sequoia and go to a BIG monster van, but it is needed.

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I like it! We're not going to be in the market for one that size anytime soon. We'll be moving up to a minivan with our next baby and hopefully that will work for us a for a while!

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I wish I could see it (I'm at work and vehicle sites are blocked)!! I'm definitely going to check it out when I get home though, as I've been looking for something that seats eight. I drive a Mazda CX-9 right now, which seats seven, and it doesn't fit everyone now when we go to Idaho to visit DH's sons, as there's now eight of us total! I'm also hoping to trade in next year, and this might be a great one to check out!

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I like it. I wonder how much it is going to cost. It might end up being cheaper than a used Sprinter (10 or 12 passenger), which is our current vehicle of choice.

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Very nice! We currently drive a Honda Pilot, which seats 8, so it's plenty for us but I think if we had a bigger family I'd try to convince dh Wink

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OK I was finally able to see it and I love it! Any idea on how much it is??

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We went and test drove one this weekend.....well, a cargo version since nobody has the passenger version just yet (they should ship/arrive early April 12.)

We then went and test drove a new Sprinter, just for kicks (we wouldn't buy a new one, but a used one....but we just wanted to see what they felt like.)

Does anyone here have a Sprinter?

At the end of the day, I think we like the Nissan van better. While in theory I want to like the Sprinter more, I just didn't. It felt more like we were driving a courtesy shuttle than a "car". It sits so high up, and was really a tight drive. It also didn't have a lot of the creature comforts that I think we'd like (I know you can get them, but they are spendy.....)

I keep trying to do the math on the mpg's of the Sprinter diesel and the Nissan or a similar large van/SUV-- and by the time you figure in the higher cost of diesel, you still end up ahead on mpg's on the Sprinter....but not *that* much.

Ugh. I don't know what we'll do. We still fit in the cars we have and really like not having a car payment.....so we may just wait a while and see how things go with #5. I abhor car shopping.

Krystal-- the dealer thinks that they will cost in the mid- 30's-- depending on options. I think we'd opt for a V8 (to tow our giant Airstream camper!), with some of the bells and whistles (reverse camera, bluetooth, navigation, etc....) But they also offer them pretty stripped down.

My dh is excited that you could take out all of the seats and lay a sheet of plywood down in the back--lol. I suppose it is the little things, eh?

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"-Asha-" wrote:

WOW!!! I love the headrests, how the seatbelts are not just across the waist in the middle seats, the sliding door, the beautiful features
BUT! I need more storage and seating ( a 15 passanger) .
But it would be a great vehicle to have if I had fewer kids!

This is us as well.... which extremely limits our options. LOL

I love that you could take the seats out on this one. While I'm certain it would not be something that I would want to do often (just moving the car seats would be enough to deter me!), I do know there were times when I would have appreciated that feature. The seatbelts, additional plugs, and oh -- the middle cargo storage thing in the front -- I'd love! Something I did not see was arm rests on the rear seats. Not a deal breaker and they may even be there... just not shown. I wonder what the dimensions for under the seat are? When traveling we need that space for the kids backpacks or small suitcases. I would love about 5 or 6 more inches of storage "trunk" space behind the last row of seats that we have as well. (Currently we have the Ford 15 passenger.)

Whatever you decide, good luck!!

~Missy

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I can't stop thinking about this van Smile Not that there's any way we can get one. But hubby was researching it on the internet this morning, just for kicks, and apparently it runs $28,000 - $32,000.

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Ooooh-- I hope your dh is right, Lisa. I would love to score this van for around $32K.....:wink:

It is so nice to have this convo with people who understand--lol!

Missy-- I don't know about the arm rests.....but an excellent point. Must research more.

And OMG-- I hate moving car seats. Hate it.

Has anyone seen the reports about $5/gal gas by the end of May? I hope they are wrong......gah, that is expensive!

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Okay easily removable seating, and water repellant passenger seating are my new favorite phrases. I'll be interested in checking it out once it comes to the dealer, it's always good to know what we're going to do when the beast decides it's hauled it's last load.

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I kind of like the look of that!! I usually don't like the look of vans in general, but this one is kind of cool!!

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Oooo that is lush! I wonder if it'll be coming out in the UK too???

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"boilermaker" wrote:

Krystal-- the dealer thinks that they will cost in the mid- 30's-- depending on options. I think we'd opt for a V8 (to tow our giant Airstream camper!), with some of the bells and whistles (reverse camera, bluetooth, navigation, etc....) But they also offer them pretty stripped down.

Thanks!! How did it drive? The largest vehicle I've ever owned was an Escalade EXT, so it was pretty big and long. Do you know how many MPG it gets? I'd love to get one of these fully loaded, but like you said, that makes the cost go way up there. Part of me would love one brand new, but I know the smart thing to do would be to wait two years for the price to dip down and buy one used. I really need something that seats at least eight right now though... I'm wondering if twelve seats would be a waste? At most we'll seat eight, and that's only when we're in Idaho and have DH's two boys with us. I've also been looking at the Chevy Traverse or the Honda Pilot... does anyone have these? Thoughts?

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Krystal-- I didn't drive it, I let dh do the driving--lol. Since he would be the one behind the wheel most of the time anyways (I work full time while he stays home, so he drives the car that seats the most kidlets usually.....)

He said it didn't feel any different than driving our Tahoe or a Suburban. Backing up was a little bit tricky, but that was primarily bc we were driving a cargo version with no windows, and the passenger version has a ton of windows.

I have friends who love the Pilot--and I think the 4 wheel drive would be handy once in a while. You can get this van with 4 wheel drive for an extra $12K, but we don't feel like we need that. We all fit in our Tahoe, so if a big storm hits, we'll just all ride in that car. Though you likely don't need that in Vegas. Wink Happy shopping!

I still don't know what we'll do-- perhaps nothing for a while, just checking out options.

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Thanks for the info Audra! I've been doing a lot of research on edmunds.com, as they give unbiased reviews on every vehicle on the market, list their awards, safety info... everything. Right now I'm leaning more towards the Toyota Highlander. My problem is I want to buy brand new (because I plan on keeping it for at least ten years) but I don't want to pay more than $30K (dreaming, I know lol) and I need something that seats eight. So most SUVs are out the window on price alone. I also want something reliable, so that's why I was debating between this and a Pilot. The reviews on the Pilot were so-so, and the Highlander gets 20 MPG. I'm sure I'll just end up test driving a few options... even minivans (ugghh, I can hear the "soccer mom" names flying ;))!

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I have a Pilot and I love it. My only two issues with it are storage space and getting kids into the third row. We're rural and in Wisconsin so the 4wd definitely comes in handy, plus I love the way it drives. DH wants to get me something bigger but even in my mom's Tahoe it feels huge driving it. The storage is the same between the pilot and hylander and it's very small with the third row up. I got my double stroller specifically because of how small it folds to be able to fit it but it does fit. Getting kids in the 3rd row is a PITA, especially with snow on the ground and leather seats. I end up opening the back to let my 5yr old in with one of the seats folded down and have my oldest sit in between the boys in the second row. I much prefer my moms Tahoe for that aspect, she has catain's seats in her second row and the bench in the back...but it reduces her seating capacity to 7 then, not that she needs more than that. She only has 5 grandkids Smile

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Thanks for the additional info on the Pilot! I would love to get an SUV, but I want something brand new and a new SUV is totally out of my price range... so I've been scoping out every crossover that I can. I still have some time, as I'm not buying until about this time next year, so we'll see...

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I should probably clarify that getting kids in the third row is just a pita because of how our car seats are situated. Both my boys need me to buckle them still so they need to be in the second row and the middle seat doesn't have latch so ds2s seat is in the seat that folds forward for 3rd row access. When ds1 is a little older I might consider put ting him in the 3rd row so I can use that again....but I'd have to be confident he could properly buckle hiis 5pt harness himself

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Mandi, I have the two little ones in the third row and let Caleb or Patrick (whichever is in the back) help them buckle their seat belts.

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My husband saw the commercial version of the Nissan NV this weekend. He says it is huge. (He said my sister's Tahoe could park in the back of this vehicle.)