2020 Ford Transit Van vs. 2020 Nissan NV

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Safety

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The Transit Van has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The NV doesn’t offer child safety locks.

The Transit Van has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The NV doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Transit Van has standard Post-Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The NV doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Transit Van offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The NV doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Transit Van’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The NV doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Transit Van offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The NV doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Transit Van’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The NV doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Transit Van’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The NV doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Transit Van uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The NV uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Transit Van offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The NV doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Transit Van and the NV 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, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Transit Van’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Transit Van has a standard 250-amp alternator (500-amp - Transit Van optional). The NV’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 7th.

Engine

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The Transit Van’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 14 more horsepower (275 vs. 261) than the NV’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6. The Transit Van’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 387) than the NV’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8.

The Transit Van’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 281) than the NV’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Transit Van 3.5 EcoBoost/Diesel’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The NV doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Transit Van has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The NV doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A ten-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Transit Van, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the NV.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Transit Van stops shorter than the NV:

Transit Van

NV

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

141 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Transit Van’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NV 3500’s standard 75 series tires. The Transit Van’s tires are lower profile than the NV 1500/2500’s 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Transit Van has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The NV’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Transit Van has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the NV.

The Transit Van’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The NV doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Transit T-150 LWB’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the NV (147.6 inches vs. 146.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Transit T-150 MWB’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the NV’s (42.9 feet vs. 45.2 feet).

Chassis

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The Ford Transit Van may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 900 pounds less than the Nissan NV.

The Transit T-150 MWB is 1 foot, 8.7 inches shorter than the NV, making the Transit Van easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Transit Van’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The NV doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Cargo Capacity

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The Transit Van’s cargo area is larger than the NV’s in almost every dimension:

Transit T-150 MWB

Transit T-250 LWB-E

NV

Length

126”

172.2”

120”

Max Width

70.2”

70.2”

70.2”

Min Width

54.8”

45.4”

54.3”

Height

56.9”

81.5”

55.8”

Payload

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The Transit Van has a much higher standard payload capacity than the NV:

Transit Van

NV

T-150 Van

3670 lbs.

2730 lbs.

T-250 Van

4070 lbs.

3280 lbs.

T-350 Van

4570 lbs.

3860 lbs.

The Transit T-350 has a much higher optional payload capacity than the NV3500 (4640 vs. 3860 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Transit Van (except Diesel) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The NV doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Transit Van automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The NV’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Transit Van has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The NV doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The NV doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The NV doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Transit Van has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The NV doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Transit Van’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The NV’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Transit Van has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The NV doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Transit Van detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The NV doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Transit Van has standard power remote mirrors. The NV 1500 S doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Transit Van’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The NV’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Transit Van offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the NV.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Transit Van offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The NV doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Transit Van’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The NV doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The Ford Transit outsold the Nissan NV by over seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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