Running a business is hard. Choosing a commercial van for your business shouldn't be. This comparison guide does the leg work of analyzing the elements that make a great company van and seeing how the 2018 Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200 compare.
Performance: Ford Transit Connect
The 2018 Ford Transit Connect isn't exactly sporty, but it's enough to put a smile on your face while you're out on the job. It's abundantly maneuverable and even has a little kick when it comes to acceleration. Its only engine option is a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that delivers 169 hp and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
If your business is in a hub of calm weather, you might never notice the drag on the Nissan NV200. Otherwise, beware of winds on the highway or before a sudden storm. There's also the problem of acceleration. The 2.0-liter I-4 engine generates only 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. It's paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and struggles to get going and with speeds exceeding 60 mph.
Payload Capacity: Ford Transit Connect
For its size, the 2018 Ford Transit Connect can haul a lot. Its cabin wraps around 149 cubic feet of interior storage space and it can carry up to 2000 pounds when properly configured. Why make two trips when one will do?
The 2018 Nissan NV200 is bound to disappoint in this regard. Its cabin storage space is a paltry 123 cubic feet. That would feel luxurious on a family minivan but can't compete among other dedicated cargo vans. It's slated to tow a maximum of only 1480 pounds, several hundred pounds less than others in its class.
Fuel Economy: NV200
If you're looking to save on fuel, the 2018 Ford Transit Connect might be too thirsty for your tastes. It gets 20 city miles and 27 highway miles per gallon. That probably won't break the bank but it might give you pause. Still, consider that with additional storage space, it's possible you won't need to make as many trips.
One of the advantages of being small is a better fuel economy. At least on that point, the Nissan NV200 delivers. It gets 24 city miles and 26 highway miles per gallon. That's not only better than other compact commercial vans, but also some minivans and sport utility vehicles.
Unless fuel economy is a dealbreaker, the decisive winner here is the 2018 Ford Transit Connect. It has the power and space to get your business moving.