Handsome and practical.
The Nissan Quest has one of the most dramatic and stylish designs in its segment, but the real story with any minivan is what’s inside. The Quest’s innovative interior makes it one of the most versatile and usable minivans on the market. A unique design for the sliding doors means that the step-in height is lower than on other minivans. The second- and third-row seats fold easily, but the second-row seats can’t be removed, and the third row doesn’t tumble into the floor. More useful for most families, however, is the deep, 11.4-cubic-foot cargo well behind the third row that can be enclosed with a 60/40-split cover that can support up to 200 pounds. Keyless entry and push-button start are standard; a backup camera and power sliding doors are standard on all but the base Quest S. Other options include a huge, eleven-inch rear DVD screen, Bose audio, touch-screen navigation, and dual moonroofs that slide open. A 3.5-liter V-6 offers 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque and operates more quietly in the Quest than in other Nissan vehicles. A continuously variable transmission provides smooth acceleration and helps keep fuel economy figures competitive. Nissan Quest sales have long lagged behind other minivans’, but the new model is more competitive than ever and merits a test drive by anyone shopping for a versatile family hauler.
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Nissan’s Around View monitor camera system becomes standard on Quest LE models. A DVD entertainment package is now optional on SV models.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. A blind-spot warning system is standard on the LE.
Lots of upscale amenities
Versatile and usable interior
Some wind and road noise
Seats don’t fold fully flat or tumble into the floor
Base Price Range: $27,000–$43,500 (est.)
TRIM LEVELS: S, SV, SL, LE
BODY STYLE: Minivan, 7-passenger
ENGINE: 3.5L V-6, 260 hp, 240 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: Continuously variable
PASSENGER VOLUME: (with/without moonroof) 170.9/177.8 cu ft
CAPACITIES: Towing 3500 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 25.7/63.6/108.4 cu ft