The new fourth-generation 2011 Nissan Quest marks the company’s return to the mini-van market and the result is a vehicle with style and comfort.
The handsomely styled Quest has one-touch sliding doors, quick release fold-flat second and third row seats, a permanent rear storage well, dual panel sliding moonroof, Nissan’s Advanced Climate Control System and Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition.
The Quest is available in four well-equipped models — S, SV, SL and LE. Each comes standard with a 260-hp 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V-6 engine and Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT transmission.
The all-new Quest rides on Nissan’s proven advanced D-platform, which also is used on the current Maxima and Altima sedans, as well as the popular Murano crossover SUV. With its long 118.1-inch wheelbase and 200.8-inch overall length, Quest offers both a roomy interior and a highly maneuverable overall size.
The Quest exterior styling combines fluid sculptural elements with crafted detail for a fresh approach to Nissan’s minivan design. Up front, the bold bumper and horizontal grille and headlights blend into the dramatic side character line and distinctive wheelwells filled with standard 16-inch or 18-inch wheels. The bold door sections and surfaces flow seamlessly into the rear “boomerang” taillights and tailgate finisher, helping create a look as if Quest was carved from one solid piece of sculptor’s stone.
The most striking aspect of the new Quest design, however, is the full surround privacy glass, black sash molding and chrome trim accents, which combine with the wide, low stance and muscular front end to give Quest a dynamic and distinctive look. The design also is very wind-efficient, with a 0.32 Cd.
In addition to standard chrome door handles, rear roof spoiler and chrome license plate finisher, available exterior features include High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, auto on/off headlight function, fog lights and dual power heated outside mirrors. Quest also has small triangle windows in the front doors to enhance visibility. Available on SL and LE models are Dual Opening Glass Moonroofs that contribute to an open, airy interior atmosphere.
The new Quest is offered with power sliding side doors with selective unlock function and one-touch open/unlock feature and power-opening windows. The system works in conjunction with the standard Nissan Intelligent Key. Also, due to the way the Quest’s door rail system is designed, the sliding door step-in height is lower than competitive minivans. This is especially helpful for small children or older adults getting into the second or third rows. In addition, a one-touch unlock/open power rear liftgate is standard on Quest SL and LE models.
Pricing on the 2011 Nissan Quest starts at $27,750.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.