North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Transit Wagon VS 2017 Nissan NV Near Jasper, GA

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2017 Ford Transit Wagon

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2017 Nissan NV

Safety Comparison

The Transit Wagon has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer child safety locks.

The Transit Wagon’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Transit Wagon’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Transit Wagon uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The NV Passenger uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Transit Wagon offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Transit Wagon and the NV Passenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Transit Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Transit Wagon has a standard 150-amp alternator (210-amp - Transit Wagon Diesel and 220 Gas). The NV Passenger’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Transit Wagon’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 14 more horsepower (275 vs. 261) than the NV Passenger’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6. The Transit Wagon’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 387) than the NV Passenger’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8.

The Transit Wagon’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 281) than the NV Passenger’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Transit Wagon has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Transit Wagon’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NV Passenger’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Transit Wagon has standard rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The NV Passenger’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Transit Wagon has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the NV Passenger.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Transit 350 LWB’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the NV Passenger (147.6 inches vs. 146.1 inches).

The Transit Wagon’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the NV Passenger’s (47.8% to 52.2%). This gives the Transit Wagon more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Transit 150 MWB’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the NV Passenger’s (42.9 feet vs. 45.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Transit Wagon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 1150 pounds less than the Nissan NV Passenger.

The Transit 150 MWB Medium Roof is 1 foot, 10.8 inches shorter than the NV Passenger, making the Transit Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Transit Wagon’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The NV Passenger doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Transit 350 LWB offers optional seating for 15 passengers; the NV Passenger can only carry 12.

The Transit 350 LWB has 6.9 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room, .8 inches more third row headroom, .1 inches more third row hip room and .4 inches more third row shoulder room than the NV Passenger.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Transit 150 MWB’s cargo area provides more volume than the NV Passenger.


Transit Wagon

NV Passenger

Max Cargo Volume

224.4 cubic feet

218.9 cubic feet

The Transit 350 LWB’s cargo area provides more volume than the NV Passenger.


Transit Wagon

NV Passenger

Max Cargo Volume

245.1 cubic feet

218.9 cubic feet

The Transit 350HD LWB-E’s cargo area provides more volume than the NV Passenger.


Transit Wagon

NV Passenger

Max Cargo Volume

414.1 cubic feet

218.9 cubic feet

The Transit Wagon’s cargo area is larger than the NV Passenger’s in every dimension:


Transit 150 MWB

Transit 350HD LWB-E

NV Passenger

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Ergonomics Comparison

The Transit Wagon offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Transit Wagon automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The NV Passenger’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Transit Wagon has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Transit Wagon’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the NV Passenger.

The Transit Wagon’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the NV Passenger.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Wagon’s available exterior PIN entry system. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Transit Wagon has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Transit Wagon XLT’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The NV Passenger’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Transit Wagon XLT has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Transit Wagon has standard power remote mirrors. The NV Passenger only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Transit Wagon’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The NV Passenger’s optional power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Transit outsold the Nissan NV by over 8 to one during the 2016 model year.

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