It's been a full month since we had our Nissan NV200 upfitted with Adrian Steal's cargo shelves, wire partition, and ladder rack -- which added 132 pounds to our van's slender body. With the extra weight onboard, our average fuel economy only dropped by 0.1 mpg from last month's average of 24.2 mpg. And though we haven't used the new gear for any heavy tasks yet, it's been very handy for little things.

Upfitting our interior with the metal cargo shelves and wire partition has it's up- and downsides. On the upside, the shelves have been awesome for trips to the grocery store; and the wire partition has kept my dogs safely in the rear, preventing them from crawling into the cockpit.

The only downside with the new gear is the extra noise added to an already raucus interior -- especially if you use the Bluetooth. "While the aftermarket shelves may bring more practicality to the NV200, they squeak and add to the noise," explains Jason Udy, Motor Trend's associate online editor. "In more than one instance, the person I was talking to over the Bluetooth connection thought the squeaking shelves was another person in the van."


2013 Nissan NV200 SV
Service life: 5 mo/ 11,928 mi
Avg CO2: 0.80 lb/mi
Energy cons: 140 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problems: None
Maintenance cost: $62.53 (oil change, tire rotation, inspection)
Normal-wear cost: $0
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ: 24/25/24 mpg
Average Fuel Econ: 24.1 mpg