Driving the all-new 2014 Nissan NV200 down the sunny streets of San Diego this past week put a funny thought in my brain: could this compact cargo van, and its rival the Ford Transit Connect, be the one-two punch that finally finished off mid-size pickups in the United States?
Think about it for a minute. For a starting price of less than $20,000, 2014 Nissan NV200 buyers get a vehicle that can haul 1,500 lbs of cargo inside an enclosed area that offers 122 cubic feet of total volume, combined with a ceiling height of 53 inches. Not only that, but the NV200 also turns in fuel mileage of 24-mpg combined and features the startling degree of cargo management flexibility that only a rectangular box on wheels can offer. You’re not going to find a truck out there that offers that kind of practicality and efficiency together, and you’re certainly not going to be able to snag one that doesn’t feel like you’re riding in a stripped-down tin can unless you spend considerably more money.