2019 Nissan NV Passenger vs. 2019 Ford Transit Wagon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The NV Passenger SV/SL has standard Sonar System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the NV Passenger SL in front of the vehicle. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the NV Passenger and the Transit Wagon 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 and rearview cameras.


The NV Passenger comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Transit Wagon’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.


The NV Passenger’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 260) than the Transit Wagon’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The NV Passenger’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 65 more horsepower (375 vs. 310) than the Transit Wagon’s optional 3.5 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The NV Passenger has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Transit Wagon (28 vs. 25 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Nissan NV Passenger V8, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Transit Wagon.

Brakes and Stopping

The NV Passenger’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Transit Wagon are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the NV Passenger has larger tires than the Transit Wagon (245/70R17 vs. 235/65R16).

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the NV Passenger has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Transit Wagon.

The Nissan NV Passenger’s wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford Transit Wagon only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The NV Passenger has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the NV Passenger flat and controlled during cornering. The Transit Wagon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The NV Passenger has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the NV Passenger’s wheelbase is 16.2 inches longer than on the Transit 150 MWB Low Roof (146.1 inches vs. 129.9 inches).


The NV Passenger is 1 foot, 11.3 inches shorter than the Transit 350HD LWB-E, making the NV Passenger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The NV Passenger has 2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more third row legroom than the Transit 350 LWB.

Cargo Capacity

The NV Passenger has a much larger cargo volume than the Transit 350 LWB with its rear seat up (218.9 vs. 124.5 cubic feet).


The NV Passenger’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Transit Wagon’s (6200 vs. 4700 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Transit Wagon is only 5100 pounds. The NV Passenger offers up to a 8700 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The NV Passenger uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Transit Wagon uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.


The NV Passenger’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Transit Wagon does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The NV Passenger’s optional power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ford does not offer a locking feature on the Transit Wagon’s power windows.

The NV Passenger’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Transit Wagon’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The NV Passenger’s standard sliding doors can be opened with less than three inches side clearance. The Transit Wagon’s standard rear double doors are clumsy and make loading in tight spots difficult.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.

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