2020 Ford Transit Wagon vs. 2020 Nissan NV Passenger

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Safety

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

The Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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

The Transit Wagon’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 Passenger doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Transit Wagon’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 Passenger doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Transit Wagon’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 Passenger doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Transit Wagon 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 Passenger uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Transit Wagon 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 Passenger 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 Wagon and the NV Passenger 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, blind spot warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

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 Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Transit Wagon has a standard 150-amp alternator (210-amp - Transit Wagon Diesel and 250 Gas). The NV Passenger’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 Wagon’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 14 more horsepower (275 vs. 261) than the NV Passenger’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6. The Transit Wagon’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 387) than the NV Passenger’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Transit Wagon’s optional fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the NV Passenger (31 vs. 28 gallons).

The Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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

Tires and Wheels

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The Transit Wagon’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 Passenger’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

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

The Transit Wagon’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 Passenger doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Transit 350 LWB Low Roof’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the NV Passenger (147.6 inches vs. 146.1 inches).

The Transit Wagon’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the NV Passenger’s (47.9% to 52.1%). This gives the Transit Wagon more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Transit 150 MWB’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the NV Passenger’s (42.9 feet vs. 45.2 feet).

Chassis

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The Ford Transit Wagon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 1150 pounds less than the Nissan NV Passenger.

The Transit 350 LWB Low Roof is 5.1 inches shorter than the NV Passenger, making the Transit Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Transit Wagon’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 Passenger doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space

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The Transit 350 LWB offers optional seating for 15 passengers; the NV Passenger can only carry 12.

The Transit 350 LWB has .1 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room, .8 inches more third row headroom, .1 inches more third row hip room and .4 inches more third row shoulder room than the NV Passenger.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Transit Wagon XLT’s middle row seats recline. The NV Passenger’s middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Transit 150 MWB’s cargo area provides more volume than the NV Passenger.

Transit Wagon

NV Passenger

Max Cargo Volume

224.5 cubic feet

218.9 cubic feet

The Transit 350 LWB’s cargo area provides more volume than the NV Passenger.

Transit Wagon

NV Passenger

Max Cargo Volume

245.1 cubic feet

218.9 cubic feet

The Transit 350HD LWB-E’s cargo area provides more volume than the NV Passenger.

Transit Wagon

NV Passenger

Max Cargo Volume

414.1 cubic feet

218.9 cubic feet

The Transit Wagon’s cargo area is larger than the NV Passenger’s in every dimension:

Transit 150 MWB

Transit 350HD LWB-E

NV Passenger

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

124”

170.2”

51.7”/86.1”/120.7”

Min Width

53.7”

53.7”

52.1”

Height

52.8”

77”

51.3”

Payload

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The Transit 350HD has a higher standard payload capacity than the NV Passenger (2980 vs. 2800 lbs.).

The Transit 350HD has a much higher optional payload capacity than the NV Passenger (3520 vs. 2800 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Transit Wagon (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 Passenger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Transit Wagon 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 Passenger’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 Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Transit Wagon’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the NV Passenger.

The Transit Wagon’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the NV Passenger.

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

The Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Transit Wagon’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 Passenger’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Transit Wagon’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 Passenger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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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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