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Nov
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2012 Nissan Quest LE Minivan Review & Test Drive 14
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, minivan, nissan, Nissan Quest, Test Drives on 03 14th, 2012

The Minivan segment remains to be quite competitive despite such a steady influx of 7 passenger SUVs and crossover vehicles. One Minivan that remains to stay in the game with a bold approach to styling and available features is the new 2012 Nissan Quest.

For 2012 the new Nissan Quest carries over its redesign, which was first introduced as a 2011 model. The new 2012 Nissan Quest takes a different approach to its exterior styling. Some may argue that the styling is reaching far across the isle when it comes to traditional Minivan styling. I would have to agree with that idea to a degree.

The new 2012 Nissan Quest, with unique exterior styling, takes a different direction to become more noticeable in the Minivan spectrum. That can be a good or bad thing, all depending on if you think the new Nissan Quest looks good or not. To put things mildly, the 2012 Nissan Quest gets people’s attention, but they may not all posses a positive expression on their face at first glance.

Apart from my mixed feelings about the exterior styling of the new 2012 Nissan Quest, it remains to have one of the better interior arrangements out of other Minivan offerings. The new Nissan Quest’s interior is perceived as high-quality with wood trim, plastic and leather trim pieces that all work well together. Moreover, the dashboard controls are all well-placed with a soft touch to each button.

Over the years, Nissan has had room for improvements in the interior department. Having driven many vehicles from the new Nissan lineup, it is clear that they have done wonders to bridge the gap between their over-all interior quality. In some instances the new 2012 Quest reaches an interior quality perception of some luxury vehicles carrying northward price tag. Other notable advancements in the 2012 Quest’s interior are its power folding 3rd row seats, which folds flat into the floor. Driver seating positioning is also a plus for the new Quest, which I find much more versatile than that in the new Honda Odyssey. Even the anti-pinch weather strips (doors automatically reverse when pressure is detected) on the power sliding doors and power rear lift gate assure that your precious little-ones do not get their fingers caught. The 2nd row seating is also among the easiest to adjust for quick 3rd row entry and exit.

Obviously, performance is not the specific attribute to a Minivan that consumers look for, however, it is very relevant considering when you add upwards of 7 passengers you will need some oomph. The new 2012 Nissan Quest utilizes the same 3.5-liter V6 engine found in many other Nissan vehicles. From the redesign in 2011, the Quest continues to mate its 260 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs. of torque V6 engine to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). I have had my differences with CVT transmissions over the past and I still cannot get over the odd but smooth transitioning of power on CVT equipped vehicles. Nissan has pioneered the CVT and leads the pack for responsiveness, reliability and on-demand-power. The latest versions of Nissan’s CVTs are even better, which shines in the new 2012 Nissan Quest’s performance capabilities.

By now you know that you will never win any races in a Minivan especially in the case of toting around over 4,500 pounds plus any additional precious cargo. The 2012 Nissan Quest stacks up nicely right along-side the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey in terms of performance. Where the 2012 Nissan Quest falls short is its lesser cargo space and a maximum of 7-passenger capacity/configuration instead of offering 8-seating capability. Towing capacity for the new Quest is set at a reserved limit of 3,500 pounds.

Being that I am more of a sports-car kinda guy, I tend to verbally divulge my disposition when having to drive a Minivan in rush-hour traffic. In my endeavor of expressing choice words to other drivers, I found that most of the hoopla was due to the fact that most of the driving public thinks that all Minivan drivers drive slow and reserved. Boy were these folks in for a treat of 2012 Nissan Quest exhaust fumes!

Surprisingly, driving the new 2012 Nissan Quest can be a temporary enjoyable experience for an enthusiast provided you have a straight road to navigate. I say that because, even though the new 2012 Quest has a good passing power, you put it into a hard turn and the 235/55/18-inch all-season tires start barking like a hound dog. In other words, the Nissan Quest’s suspension and vehicle weight has no business being put anywhere near its limits. Although, the 2012 Nissan Quest’s suspension proves to be a bit more sporty than many of its competitors. Of course that does not say much when you are still talking about a Minivan.

Fuel consumption in the new 2012 Nissan Quest, 19mpg city and 24mpg highway, is about on par with other Minivans. The CVT transmission does a good job with locking up the torque converter earlier than expected at low cruising speeds, which helps to improve fuel consumption in the city.

The 2012 Nissan Quest is available in 4 different trim levels, S, SV, SL and LE.  My Quest LE test vehicle comes as-is with just about every option including the DVD entertainment system; the ultimate necessity when you have little ones in the rear passenger seats. The optional dual-pane sunroof was one of the options missing from the equation that I adorned during my last review of the 2011 Nissan Quest.

The new 2012 Nissan Quest, apart from its “different” exterior styling, beckons to reach outside of its current underdog status. Consumers looking for a Minivan backed by not only perceived value, but real quality, may want to consider the all-new 2012 Nissan Quest. My 2012 Nissan Quest LE came to an as-tested price of $42,365. The new 2012 Nissan Quest S, base model, starts at only $25,990 while still offering the strong V6 engine and comfortable 7-seating capacity as standard equipment.

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Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Quest S $25,990 As-Tested Quest LE $42,365
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6 260 horsepower @ 6000 rpm / 240 ft-lbs. torque @ 4400 rpm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Drive: FWD
  • Wheelbase: 118.1in.
  • Total length: 200.8in.
  • Total width: 77.6in.
  • Total height: 73.0in.
  • Track: f/r-67.7/67.7in.
  • Ground clearance: 6.6in.
  • Approach angle: 14.0-degrees
  • Departure angle: 17.5-degrees
  • Curb weight: 4,548 lbs.
  • Headroom: f-m-r-42.1/39.9/38.0 (w/ moonroof)
  • Legroom: f-m-r-43.8/36.7/40.5in.
  • Cargo volume: behind front seats-108.4/behind 2nd. row-63.6/behind 3rd. row-27.7cu.ft.
  • Towing: 3,500 lbs.
  • Fuel tank: 20 gallons
  • Turning circle: 36.7ft.
  • 0-60mph: 8.3 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 19mpg city / 24mpg highway


2011 Nissan Quest LE First Drive 3
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, nissan, Nissan Quest, Test Drives on 08 3rd, 2011

When it comes to comfortably and safely hauling 7 or more passengers while still getting fuel consumption better than that of an SUV, minivans are still America’s choice, despite slowing sales. As a viable alternative to those who do not wish to spend large SUV money, the minivan is starting to stir things up in its segment and the all-new 2011 Nissan Quest does just that with innovative styling, class leading comfort, and car-like drivability.

Nissan is known for injecting the car market with aggressive styling to say the least. Vehicles such as the new Juke and Cube embark on daring styling which slightly trickles down to the new 2011 Nissan Quest.

Nissan attempts to set the all-new 2011 Quest apart from its competition with its roof-line that appears to float due to blacked-out rear B, C, and D pillars. The new front fascia and grill are suggestive of other Nissan vehicles while the rear tail lights keep you from mistaking the new Quest for any other minivan.

The new 2011 Nissan Quest is powered by virtually the same 3.5-liter V6 found in the outgoing model. Power is now rated at 260 HP at 5200 rpm and 240 ft-lbs. of torque at 4800 rpm. Although this is not sports car-like power by any means, it does give the new Quest enough agility to give the driver the confidence needed when navigating local streets and highways. Nissan’s VQ-series V6 engines are used in most of the lineup and for good reason. There is enough torque to give the new Quest mild torque steer but remains manageable. The new Quest’s suspension is well tuned giving a nice balance for the driver making it feel like you are driving a large car instead of a 7-plus passenger minivan.

Power is directed though Nissan’s latest CVT transmission (continuous variable transmission). The latest CVT management does well in keeping the V6 engine in its prime power areas. Seldom suffers with instant power delivery at initial low-speed acceleration. The new 2011 Nissan Quest gets an EPA estimated 18mpg city and 24mpg highway, which falls behind some of its direct competition. This is a notable factor to consider especially when other minivans offer less-powerful 4-cylinder models, which is not available on the Quest.

Inside the new 2011 Nissan Quest you will find a nicely laid-out interior with quality materials. Cheap plastics are basically nonexistent giving passengers a quant taste of luxury. Our LE trimmed Quest test vehicle was equipped with familiar and user-friendly GPS navigation system and LCD touch-screen found in similarly equipped Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. The updated interface gives the driver and passengers several redundant controls and one of the easiest to use infotainment systems on the market. The new Quest’s HVAC controls are separate from the LCD touch-screen giving passengers dedicated controls for front and rear climate.

Seating in the new Nissan Quest is vast and is among the easiest for entry and exit in the minivan segment. Our Quest LE was a 7-passenger configuration with a center cup holder console on the 2nd row seats. Power sliding doors and easy folding bucket seats in the middle row gives easy access to the 2nd and 3rd row seating areas. New light-pressure sensitive weather stripping senses objects or fingers in the way of a closing power sliding door. These new strips are also found on the power rear hatch giving everyone the assurance that should an object or body part get in the way of the closing door, it will reverse its travel.

The 3rd row seats can be folded flat quickly and easily and also placed upright at the touch of a power fold switch. However, the 3rd row does not fold into the floor which somewhat sacrifices some cargo volume when folded down. This makes for considerably less cargo volume than the Honda Odyssey. Fortunately, the new Nissan Quest makes up for that lost of space in passenger volume and larger front seating dimensions when compared to the Odyssey, Chrysler Town and Country, and Toyota Sienna.

In spite of the Quest being at the tail end of segment sales leaders, Nissan takes a bold approach with styling, interior comfort, advanced technology, and a ‘cool’ factor. In taking this bold step, Nissan attempts to reignite the slowly dying minivan segment and capture sales from its competitors.

The base 2011 Nissan Quest S starts at only $27,750. The next level trim, SV and SL, adds several options (alloy wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls, power-sliding doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, front-seat center console, rearview camera, conversation mirror, Bluetooth, iPod/USB input jack, and a six-speaker stereo w/4-inch color display) bringing the base price to $30,900 and $34,350 respectfully. Our fully loaded 2011 Nissan Quest LE test vehicle (base price $41,350) includes a dual-opening pane panoramic moonroof, GPS Navigation with 7-inch LCD touch screen, 9.3GB Bose stereo system, and single 11-inch LCD DVD rear-seat entertainment system for an as-tested price of $43,750. Anyone needing a hip, cool easy-to-drive, and feature packed minivan with bold styling and a competent luxury-Esq. interior, the 2011 Nissan Quest is your ticket.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Quest S $27,750 As-Tested Quest LE $43,750
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6 260 horsepower @ 6000 rpm / 240 ft-lbs. torque @ 4400 rpm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Drive: FWD
  • Wheelbase: 118.1in.
  • Total length: 200.8in.
  • Total width: 77.6in.
  • Total height: 73.0in.
  • Track: f/r-67.7/67.7in.
  • Ground clearance: 6.6in.
  • Approach angle: 14.0-degrees
  • Departure angle: 17.5-degrees
  • Curb weight: 4,548 lbs.
  • Headroom: f-m-r-42.1/39.9/38.0 (w/ moonroof)
  • Legroom: f-m-r-43.8/36.7/40.5in.
  • Cargo volume: behind front seats-108.4/behind 2nd. row-63.6/behind 3rd. row-27.7cu.ft.
  • Towing: 3,500 lbs.
  • Fuel tank: 20 gallons
  • Turning circle: 36.7ft.
  • EPA mileage: 19mpg city / 24mpg highway






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