Category: ‘Trucks’

Insane 6-Wheel Kei Truck Acty Crawler At Auction In Japan

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

OK, so it may not have the street presence of an Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6X6, but you have to admire the engineering that has gone into making this Acty Crawler.

Despite what you may think, this is not some crazy custom job, but was engineered by Honda and introduced in 1994. They are also designed to have tracks on the rear wheels, hence the “crawler” part of the name.

Honda Acty Crawler at auction in Japan (1)

Honda Acty Crawler at auction in Japan (2)

Honda Acty Crawler at auction in Japan (3)

Original listing


2016 Toyota HiLux is Better in Every Way

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 22nd, 2015

2016 Toyota Hilux blue

After a whole bunch of spyshots and some very revealing unofficial spoilers (plus an accident involving a trailer carrying two brand-new 2016 models for debut), Toyota has finally unveiled the official all-new 2016 Toyota HiLux – the eight-generation model for the 47 year-old pickup.

2016 Toyota Hilux

If you’re reading this in the US, chances are that you’ve never heard of the Toyota HiLux pickup truck… That’s because it’s not sold in the States. But, it’s one of Toyota’s most well-known and beloved models in other markets, like Australia and Thailand.

The old Toyota HiLux has been on the market in its current form for at least a decade. The new model is better in literally every way. It’s bigger, it looks better, it’s more fun to drive, it can hold and tow a lot more weight, it’s more efficient, it’s got a larger cabin and it even holds more gas with a massive 80L fuel tank.

2016 Toyota Hilux rear

Under the hood, Toyota says that they’ve expanded the model’s “legendary prowess” with a substantially stronger frame, two new high-torque turbocharged diesel engines (expanding the powertrain options to four) and improved body rigidity for better on-Road toughness and improved steering response. Toyota has used high-tensile steel to keep the truck agile without sacrificing strength and toughness.

2016 Toyota Hilux interior

As for those two new engines, Toyota says that the turbo-diesels are “notable for their low-end punch and develop substantially more torque than the current model’s 3.0L unit”. This is especially impressive since both new engines are of a smaller displacement than the outgoing model. One is a 2.4L outputting 400 Nm, the other is a 2.8L outputting 450 Nm of torque, while both plants have about 10% improved fuel economy. Depending on which engine and trim you go with, Toyota says the new HiLux’s towing capacity has increased up to 3.5 tonnes (~7,700 lbs) and 1,240 kg (~2,700 lbs).

2016 Toyota Hilux interior dash

Inside the cabin, Toyota’s goal was to make the new HiLux feel more like an SUV than a pickup without sacrificing the model’s rugged, simple cabin appeal. You’ll find that the larger eighth-gen model has allowed Toyota to create a much more spacious and comfortable cab, with more room for all occupants, luxury seating, and better quality materials used throughout. They’ve also updated the interior to match the conventional tech. amenities found in today’s most popular SUVs, including a crisp audio system and a massive, vibrant multi-touch control screen.

Toyota says that we can expect the 2016 HiLux model in showrooms in early October. You can read the full press release here for more information.


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2006 Toyota Hilux Surf

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Yesterday we got our first unofficial peak at the eighth-generation Toyota Hilux pickup truck which is set to go on sale sometime in the next few months. Although the Hilux pickup hasn’t been available in Japan for quite some time, the Hilux Surf SUV was sold there from 2002 to 2009. Today we’re looking at a 2006 Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-X Limited model.

2006 Toyota Hilux Surf

Just to set the record straight, the Toyota Hilux Surf is basically the Japanese version of the Toyota 4Runner. The only difference is that the Hilux Surf has a side-opening tailgate whereas the 4Runner’s tailgate lifts up from the bottom (at least it did in this generation of production). Otherwise, both cars run on the same double wishbone front suspension and solid rear axle for extra durability. This is in stark contrast to the Toyota Highlander – a similar size crossover that isn’t really intended for off-road use. The Hilux Surf is certainly off-road friendly.

It’s also worth noting that as a Limited model, this Hilux Surf would have come with Toyota’s new suspension technology that debuted in this generation – the X-Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) – which dramatically reduces body roll during intense cornering.

2006 Toyota Hilux Surf rear

Under the hood, the auction sheet shown at the bottom of this post tells us that this Hilux Surf is powered by a 2.7L engine. After digging around for some JDM manufacturer specs, we found that this particular engine offers 160 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm. Not too shabby, although it should be noted that other Hilux Surf models have engines up to 4.0L in displacement if you want more ‘oomph’.

2006 Toyota Hilux Surf interior

Inside, the Hilux Surf has decent cabin amenities like automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and a color DVD-based infotainment/navigation system paired up with a 10-speaker JBL sound system. However, what really sets it apart is the sheer space offered in the cabin. Looking at the pictures from the auction find, you can see the driver here has enough room to almost fully recline in the front seat! And you’ll sit extremely comfortably thanks to power driver’s lumbar support and a tilting telescopic steering wheel.

On the whole, this is a great Japanese car auction find with an overall rating of 4. The gleaming chrome alloys that you can easily make out in the pictures above are definitely our favorite part. Just like the 4Runner, the Hilux Surf is widely regarded as an easy-to-drive SUV that does exactly what it says on the box. It’s the perfect mix of reliability, comfort and utility. To learn more, you can get a full translation of the specs below the auction sheet:

2006 Toyota Hilux Surf auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered March 2006, SSR-X LTD model, CBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, gasoline engine, AM HDD navigation system, digital TV, Dolce 20 inch alloy wheels, roof rail, 2 x keyless entry keys, power steering, power windows, ABS< airbag, fog lights, floor mats, visors, keyless entry, spare key, front windscreen scratches, interior grime, wheel arch flares scratches, side steps scratches and dents, rust underneath, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map"


Next-Gen 2016 Toyota Hilux Spied Ahead Official Launch

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Toyota Hilux spy shot profile

For at least the past year, we’ve been hearing rumors that Toyota wants to launch an all-new eighth-generation model of their Toyota Hilux pickup. Today, we finally have confirmation (albeit unofficial confirmation) that the 2016 Toyota Hilux, which should go on sale anytime now, will be the model to get the next-gen treatment. The news is confirmed by the spy shots seen in this post, which were originally posted on a Spanish automotive Facebook page called Terranismo.

To us, these leaked images confirm that the 2016 Toyota Hilux will be an all-new pickup rebuilt from the ground up. The model seen here is clearly in line with Toyota’s semi-recently overhauled design language. The front-end clearly boasts the most changes…

Toyota Hilux spy shot

From these pictures, we can make out new, thinner headlights (similar to the 2016 Tacoma) and a substantially restyled chrome grille. In fact, Toyota has added more chrome throughout the rest of the exterior too, from the door handles to the newly designed alloy wheels to the mirror caps.

In addition, the Hilux’s exterior is generally more muscular and looks to be slightly longer than the outgoing model. We expect that the extra length may indicate Toyota’s attention to a more spacious interior, which is what we’re going to talk about next.

Toyota Hilux spy shot interior

Inside, we only have one blurry picture of the front dash to work with. However, from that one picture we can see that Toyota has likely put even more attention into the cabin than they did into the body. That huge touchscreen you see on the center console indicates that the 2016 Toyota Hilux will offer drivers a much more comfortable and car-like interior… One that’s not nearly as utilitarian as the decade-old outgoing model.

In fact, if you look closely, the touchscreen almost looks detachable from the dash. This could indicate a new tech. feature, or it could just mean that this is a picture of an early model that hasn’t had the touchscreen fully integrated yet. Either way, we’re excited for this new compact pickup truck to hit the market… It’ll be available everywhere except the US, Canada and Japan (and Korea).

Toyota Hilux spy shot under wraps

Oh, and while we don’t have any actual pictures of what lies beneath the hood of this silver off-road beast, Terranismo reports that the truck will be offered with at least three engine options at launch. Interestingly, all of them are diesel-powered. The smallest is a 2.4L turbocharged diesel that outputs 148 hp. You will also be able to get the 2.4L tuned up to 165 hp, presumably as a more expensive trim option. Then, the top of the line will get a 2.8L single turbocharged diesel with 175 horsepower and a lot more torque. Terranismo also hints that a twin-turbo version of the 2.8L could come as a variant, but that it likely won’t be available for 2016.


Isuzu D-Max Blade Pickup is Here to Stay

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

2015 Isuzu D-Max Blade Pearlescent White

In 2014, Isuzu introduced a special edition version of their D-Max pickup truck called the D-Max Blade. The truck launched with the tagline “Even nightmare jobs are no match for a pick up professional,” which makes a lot more sense after you watch the intro video below:

The tagline isn’t really relevant to today’s article, but we really liked that little short and have been looking for an opportunity to get it into a blog post since the special edition truck made its debut at the end of last year. So, there you go.

The Isuzu D-Max Blade was a huge success for the small Japanese automaker, Isuzu. In fact, it was enough to set a sales record for the 2014 model year – they managed to sell a full 5,500 units last year, and had to build twice as many D-Max Blades as planned to satisfy customer demand. So, they’re listening to demand in 2015 and beyond… The D-Max Blade will now be a permanent addition to Isuzu’s UK lineup, with deliveries starting later this month.

Even without the special Blade edition, the D-Max is a great truck. It doesn’t have the biggest engine in the world with a twin-turbocharged 2.5L diesel under the hood which only outputs 160 horsepower. However, don’t let the low power fool you – with 295 lb-ft of torque, this truck can tow a full 3.5 metric tons, which is about 3.8 short tons for our US readers. If it’s hauling you need, the D-Max can handle up to 2,345 lbs.

2015 Isuzu D-Max Blade Cosmic Black

On top of that, the D-Max gets excellent fuel economy with a manufacturer estimated 38.7 mpg combined. Four-wheel drive is standard, and the powertrain can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic for a bit extra

The D-Max Blade is set apart by the unique ‘Shadow’ style front grille, the black mirror caps and door handles, and of course you can’t miss those 18” ‘Shadow” alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires. The Blade is available in either Cosmic Black or Pearlescent White.

2015 Isuzu D-Max Blade interior

The interior is even better with Blade-only piano black accents, bespoke scuff plates, a 6.1” Pioneer touchscreen, a booming 8-speaker audio system, and of course the rear backup camera. You’ll also get built-in satellite GPS, heated leather seats and special Blade floor mats.

All in all, we love to see smaller Japanese car makers finding success with innovative offerings. The Isuzu D-Max Blade isn’t the biggest or the strongest pickup in the world, but it’s the perfect example of an automaker giving customers what they want. We hope the Blade continues to boost Isuzu sales in 2015 and beyond, but sadly the model will only be sold in the UK.


Detroit Debut of 2016 Nissan Titan & Toyota Tacoma

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

To wrap up our coverage for the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, we’re going to showcase the two new Japanese pickup trucks that hit the stage at the event.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

There’s no doubt that the old Toyota Tacoma was a truly impressive vehicle. It’s been on the market in its current form for over a decade, and yet it claimed a full 66% market share in 2014. However, while that’s certainly an impressive stat, Toyota knows that a big reason they’ve sold that many of their aging Tacoma trucks is due to a lack of competition. This year, that’s changed as GM has re-entered the compact pickup scene with two brand-new models.

Now, Toyota is updating their mighty Tacoma to maintain its status as the best pound-for-pound pickup in its class. Toyota says that the new 2016 Tacoma is the most powerful and fuel-efficient Tacoma ever… The ultimate lifestyle vehicle for today’s most active drivers.

2016 Toyota Tacoma on the road

With the Tacoma’s debut, Toyota revealed specific powertrain specs we’d been waiting for. The new compact pickup will offer drivers a choice between a 2.7L four-cylinder or a 3.5L Atkinson cycle V6, both of which will deliver power to the wheels via an off-road-ready six-speed automatic transmission.

But, the powertrains won’t be the only distinguishing factor between the Tacoma and its new American competition. Toyota has unleashed a bevy of new technology in the Tacoma to make it stand out from the crowd.

2016 Toyota Tacoma rear view

For example, this will be the first compact pickup ever to have what Toyota calls “crawl control”, which basically allows the truck to take over acceleration and braking while the driver devotes their undivided attention to steering through rough terrain.

Another new technology is the Tacoma’s multi-terrain system, which allows optimal throttle and brake responses depending on the specific off-road terrain you’re driving on. There are modes for rocks, mud and sand.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited

Finally, since there’s only so much aesthetic appeal that can be designed into a truck, Toyota has made sure theirs has an interior that truly stands out. From the new sound-absorbing materials in the roof and floor to the GoPro camera mount on the rearview mirror, every minute detail of the Tacoma’s interior serves a purpose, whether that be for fun, comfort or utility.

2016 Nissan Titan XD

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Moving up a weight class, the 2016 Nissan Titan is arguably just as impressive as the new Tacoma. Powered by a Cummins turbocharged 5.0L direct-injection V8 diesel, the new Titan XD will offer a hefty 310hp and 555 lb-ft of torque – enough to make this behemoth one of only two half-ton diesels on the market. The other is Ram’s EcoDiesel, which, as you can probably infer from the name, doesn’t offer near the same ‘oomph’ as Nissan’s new Cummins-powered pickup will.

2016 Nissan Titan XD woods

As you can see, the new 2016 Titan XD features a very rugged design with and an enormous front-end and eye-catching alloys.

2016 Nissan Titan XD interior

The interior is where things have really stepped up, though, with Nissan’s new NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats, a 12-speaker surround sound system from Rockford Fosgate, and of course Nissan’s latest Nissan Connect infotainment technology. You’ll also get standard safety features like Around View Monitor, rear-view display, and moving object detection.

All in all, both pickups look to be slated for success, but we’ll have to wait until later in 2015 to get full details on both models as neither automaker revealed fuel economy numbers or pricing.


Toyota Bringing 15 New Concepts to the 2014 SEMA Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) annual motor show is always a great place for automakers to show off their latest and greatest aftermarket innovations. With the show opening doors later next week, automakers have begun building hype for the new cars they’ll showcase at the event.

Toyota in particular looks to make a big impact at this year’s SEMA show. If you’ve been following Toyota’s newsroom for the past 24 hours, then you’ve been under a constant assault of press about all the new cars and concepts that Toyota plans to bring to the show. And remember, these new concepts come in addition to the Scion iM Concept that we’ll see towards the end of next month in LA.

We have a lot of concepts to get through, so let’s get to it!

2015 TRD Pro Trucks for Baja 1000 Race

2015 TRD Tacoma

Toyota will bring their trio of specially augmented TRD Pro trucks to the motor show, which will be competing (sort of) in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, which is a notoriously treacherous 1,000 mile-long desert race. We have the TRD Tacoma pictured above, and the TRD 4Runner pictured below.

2015 TRD 4Runner

We say the TRD Pro trucks will “sort of” compete in the Baja 1000 because technically these will be chase trucks, which means they’ll follow the primary race car – the Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck – and help make repairs/support the driver when needed. Still, it’s a grueling task that the TRD Pro Tacoma, 4Runner and Tundra will face together next year.

New Toyota FT-1 Concept

2015 Toyota FT-1 Concept

We’ve already seen the first Toyota FT-1 Concept make its rounds through most of the major auto shows throughout the year. So, Toyota’s brining a fresh iteration of the sports car to the SEMA event. Whereas previous versions have been depicted in a bold black and red, the SEMA car will come in a subtler and classier graphite and saddle color palette. Not much more to say about this one, but it sure looks cool.

DUB Edition Sienna & Yaris

2015 Toyota Yaris DUB Edition

In collaboration with DUB Magazine, Toyota will bring a specially augmented wide-body Yaris and Sienna to the SEMA event next month.

2015 Toyota Sienna DUB Edition

Noteworthy modifications to the DUB Editions include, obviously, the wide fender flares that make the cars appear so much stockier. You’ll also find a lowered suspension, TRD Big Brakes, a custom paintjob outside, and lux carbon fiber accents with all-around better materials for the interiors. You’ll also find a booming DUB audio package, which includes 12 speakers and six amps in the Yaris, and half that for the DUB Sienna.

Mobile DJ Sienna:Remix

2015 Toyota Sienna Remix

As a fitting follow-up to the DUB Edition show cars, Toyota will also partner with West Coast Customs and SiriusXM to bring the well-named DJ Sienna to the SEMA show. As you can see, the car gets its name from the enormous sound system strapped to its roof. Housed in the system are four booming 12” subwoofers and 24 coaxial speakers with five amps and a bunch of other cool technology. There’s even a built-in DJ booth inside the Sienna:Remix with a direct plug-in system.

In other words, this really is a mobile DJ station… Made from a Sienna minivan. Who knew?

See all of these concepts and more at the 2014 SEMA Show which will open from November 4th to 7th next week.


Nissan Project Titan Pickups Are Ready for Adventure

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Nissan has a really special way of saying thank you to some of their most passionate fans. As a way of paying homage to the 170+ thousand people who like Nissan Trucks on Facebook, the Japanese automaker has created the epitome in off-road adventure. Meet Nissan’s second-ever crowdsourced vehicle – the Project Titan pickup truck:

Nissan Project Titan Pickup

The Project Titan truck is the result of collaboration between Nissan’s Facebook fan base and the Wounded Warrior Project. Nissan asked their fans to vote on 10 ways they should augment an ordinary Titan pickup to create the ultimate off-road vehicle. Then, Nissan teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project to actually outfit the pickup that you see here.

Nissan Project Titan Pickup rear view

So, what did Nissan’s fan base want in their ultimate off-road truck?

Starting with a stock 2014 Nissan Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X, here are the changes Nissan made:

Wheels: 18×9-inch Fuel Revolver D525 wheels

Tires: 35×12-inch Nisso Trail Grappler M/T off-road tires

Suspension: 4” PRG Long Travel Kit

Front Bumper: ARB Deluxe Bull Bar w/ Bulldog LEDs & Winch

Exhaust: Borla Catback Dual-Exhaust System

Utility: ARE Camper Topper w/ ARB Fridge, Dry Storage, Shower, Slide-out Rack

Trailer: Manley Off-Road Trailer

Exterior: 3M Custom Desert Digital-Camp Wrap

Roof: Custom-Fabricated Rack w/ Bulldog 360˚ LEDs

Interior: Katzkin Leather Seats, Rockford Fosgate sound system, Custom Extra-Large GPS Nav., Stiffer Shift-Knob and Steering Wheel

As you can see, even though Nissan only added onto 10 areas of the Titan pickup truck, they actually upgraded a lot more than just 10 parts. What you see above is surely one of the most off-road ready vehicles in the world, and Nissan wants to prove it.

That brings us to what comes next for the two Project Titan trucks… Nissan has charged two Wounded Warrior Alumni, Kevin McMahon and David Guzman, with the task of “beating the heck out of” these two trucks with a trip through the Alaskan wilderness. Their journeys will be shared as a web series due out this fall, and we’re sure that each man will enjoy his share of adventure.

Oh, and we should mention that on top of all the changes listed above, Nissan quietly took the liberty of outfitting the Titan’s 5.6L V8 engine with a NISMO cold-air intake to keep it running smoothly in even the most extreme conditions. After all, winter is coming in Alaska and these trucks will definitely be driving in snow.

If you’d like to learn more about Nissan’s Project Titan, you can either visit the Nissan Trucks Facebook Page or you can watch the three build videos below:


Toyota News: TRD Pro Series Headed to Chicago, CR Reviews New Highlander

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

All’s quiet on the Western front as automakers prepare for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show next week. Our latest preview is that of the Toyota TRD Pro series, which is planned to debut in Chicago next week. But, since we don’t honestly know too much about the new series, we’re also going to quickly brush over the latest Consumer Reports review of the 2014 Toyota Highlander.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Let’s dive right in.

Toyota TRD Pro Series

This video is how we found out about the upcoming TRD Pro series. As you can see, it’s a lot of ‘goofy’ and not a lot of ‘revealing’. Then, for the past week or so, Toyota has been posting little snippets of the new TRD Pros on their Facebook page to build hype for the upcoming debut. Pictures such as the one seen below:

TRD Pro

But let’s back up a minute – what exactly is the TRD Pro Series?

From what we can tell so far, you can think of it sort of like what NISMO is to Nissan, except exclusively for Toyota’s trucks and SUVs. This Thursday, they’ll debut TRD Pro versions of their Tundra and Tacoma pickups, as well as their 4Runner SUV. The upgraded versions are looking to be beefier, sturdier and all around manlier.

What’s the point?

Simple – to stay (or become, as the case may be) competitive with the latest and greatest of the mighty American pickups. That means they’re targeting the F-series and the Ford Raptor, the upcoming Chevy Reaper, and of course the Dodge Ram.

Unfortunately, Toyota has kept a tight wrap on actual specifications, so the only information we have is what you can glean from the above images and video. Let us know if you pick up on anything intriguing via the comments at the bottom of this article.

Consumer Reports is Unimpressed By 2014 Toyota Highlander

Oddly enough, in the same week as Toyota has been doing all this hype-building, Consumer Reports did them the favor of confirming a need for improved off-road vehicles. Not that the Highlander actually sees that much off-road action, but it’s an SUV; that’s close enough for us.

So, what exactly did Consumer Reports dislike about Toyota’s new family-friendly SUV?

Basically, it came down to this: there’s nothing inherently wrong with the SUV, but the reviewer expected more attention to fuel economy. He was, however, pleasantly surprised by the interior of the Highlander, being well-pleased with its “minivan-like” utility.

Ultimately, his closing remarks said it best:

“All in all, the Highlander remains easygoing, pleasant and unexciting… In other words, it’s a Toyota.” Uh oh. Akio Toyoda’s been very clear that he wants to be brand building, not “bland building”. Back to the drawing board.

You can check out the full review below:

Tune in this coming Thursday, February 6th, to see whether or not the TRD Pro Series can bring some flair to the Japanese brand’s SUV lineup. Until then, thanks for reading!


Nissan NV200 (Vanette) Finally Going on Sale in the US

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

It was exactly one year ago at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show that US motorists first laid eyes on the Nissan NV200. Now, one year and one Chicago Auto Show later, the time has finally come for the Nissan NV200 cargo van to go on sale in the US.

Given its history, chances are the Nissan NV200 looks at least marginally familiar to you. The car has been on sale in Japan and Europe since 2009, and originally debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show all the way back in 2007. Originally, Nissan didn’t see much point in bringing their cargo-friendly vehicle to the US, however the success of the Ford Transit Connect changed their perspective.

What the Nissan NV200 lacks in appearances it makes up for in functionality. Let’s be frank – this is not an attractive car. However, it was able to beat out both the Karsan V-1 and the Ford Transit Connect to win New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow in 2011. As of later this year, the NV200 will replace the Crown Vic as New York City’s official taxi. They’ve established a 10-year contract for Nissan to provide the Big Apple with over 13,000 taxi-modified NV200’s, which is estimated to save the city over 5 acres of road space.

Nissan NV200 Vanette

But, what about non-taxi drivers?

Here’s what you need to know about the Nissan NV200:

At its roots the NV200 is a commercial vehicle. Despite the taxi-modified version, this is not a passenger’s car. It is intended as a lightweight, semi fuel-efficient vehicle capable of handling heavy-duty cargo. It is designed to be small enough for packed city streets, but smooth enough for long highway drives.

The NV200 is built on the same architecture as the Nissan Cube and Nissan Versa, but elongated to accommodate more cargo space. The extra space allows the van to take on a full-size 40 by 48 inch pallet, while the side-folding doors make it easy to maneuver the aforementioned pallets into the vehicle with a forklift. The load floor also features tie-down rings in each corner to transport motorcycles, lawn mowers, four-wheelers, etc. while the sides can be fitted with shelves for transporting smaller items. The passenger seat is removable and the load floor is flush with the passenger section, so you get maximum space for your buck.

As for specs, the 2013 NV200 runs on the Nissan Sentra’s 2.0L 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a CVT. The cargo capacity is 1,500 lbs thanks to a combination of MacPherson struts and truck-like torsion beams in the front and back respectively. The Japanese-made van can also be equipped with a rear monitor system to make backing up as easy and safe as possible. According to Nissan’s website, the NV200 starts at just a hair under $20,000, which is a full $3,000 cheaper than Ford’s Transit Connect.

All in all, the Nissan NV200 is certainly not the most exciting car we saw at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, but it is definitely a relevant one. It’s about time that Ford had some competition in the van segment, and Nissan is certainly poised to give them just that. It may not be the sexiest vehicle on the roads, but this practical van may well be a breakthrough vehicle for Nissan in the US.

Source: The Truth About Cars