2017 Nissan NV Gets Direct-Injected V-8 for More Power and Efficiency
Seven-Speed Transmission Replaces Five-Speed
Nissan is updating its workhorse for the 2017 model year, adding an all-new Endurance 5.6L V-8 to the NV 2500 and NV 3500 vans. The direct-injected powerplant produces 375 hp and 387 lb-ft, up from the outgoing V-8’s 317 hp and 385 lb-ft.
In addition to the more powerful engine, V-8–powered versions of the 2017 Nissan NV also get a new gearbox. Gone is the old five-speed unit, replaced instead by a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The new engine and transmission will almost assuredly improve the performance of Nissan’s big van, but the company also claims improved efficiency as well. The powertrain should amount to improved fuel economy by eight percent, according to Nissan. While its commercial-grade work van isn’t subject to EPA fuel economy testing, we’d guess the 2017 NV would garner around 14 or 15 mpg in mixed driving, given the Truck Trend Network’s 2012 NV flag-bearer gets about 13 mpg.
Budget-conscious NV shoppers can also opt for a 4.0L V-6 engine that produces 261 hp and 281 lb-ft, mated to a five-speed auto. That powertrain combo is mandatory in the NV 1500, standard in the NV 2500 Cargo, and unavailable in the NV 3500 Cargo. The passenger van, which is only available in 3500 trim, comes standard with the V-6, but we assume most shuttle shoppers will opt for the V-8.
Nissan is keen to point out the 2017 NV has the lowest starting price of any fullsize van. Equipped with the V-6, the 2017 NV will start at $27,730 less destination, while V-8–powered vans will demand $30,330. Passenger vans with the V-6 ring up at $33,800 and the V-8 $35,400.
With the 2017 NV ditching the old port-injected 5.6L V-8, all of Nissan’s trucks and utilities are now available with the second-generation Endurance engine. The direct-injected V-8 is also found in the Nissan Titan, Titan XD, and Armada, where it makes 390 hp and 394 lb-ft.