There is no trailer brake controller option with the NV, but the optional tow package includes a Class IV receiver hitch, seven-pin connector, and brake controller prewiring, heated extendable side mirrors, two front tow hooks, transmission with tow mode, and a heavy-duty battery. All NVs come with 14.2-inch disc brakes up front and 14.4s in back with four-channel ABS, plus dual front airbags.

Lots of interior room up front is due to Nissan's decision to give the NV a pickup-like nose, which pushes the engine forward, out of the passenger area. Down side? Not everyone is going to like the styling. One of the cool features in the cabin is the passenger seat that can fold flat and serve as a work area. The many storage cubbies throughout include several above the sunvisors, as you would see in an RV. Available creature comforts are navigation, satellite radio, aux jack, and rear camera, plus the NV has VCD and traction control standard. Other options are power windows and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and the addition of side and curtain airbags.

The Nissan NV1500 starts at $25,570, the lowest price in its class (but keep in mind that the E-Series' base engine is a V-8, and the Sprinter's engine is a V-6 turbodiesel). With that, you get graphics or a base shelf and rack unit for no extra charge.

The NV lineup went on sale in March at about 250 Nissan dealerships that have been retooled with larger bays, heavy-duty service lifts, and new "Nissan Commercial Vehicles" signs. What's interesting about the conversion of these dealerships is that it suggests they would be ready for more models in the future, such as a smaller van, or maybe even something else. Nissan is considering a cutaway version, and we'd expect the RV industry to take interest in this platform as well.