Monday, February 14, 2011

2011 Nissan Quest - Boxier

Nissan has done a full 180 with the new Quest minivan. The previous version was curvy and had an interesting interior - it was an attempt to stylize the minivan. Now, the 2011 model is like a giant box. Nissan readily admits it - "A box is the most efficient use of space" company officials said. It's not bad looking but many will disagree.

The interior is a step above other minivans - even the base and midtrim models have an upscale look. The Toyota Sienna by comparison seems a little cheap in LE trim.

The Quest's 3.5 liter V6 is carried over from last year but it's plenty powerful and super smooth. That engine makes 260 hp – all Quests get that same V6. Acceleration is more than adequate and the engine never sounds harsh. Expect 18 mpg city / 24 highway. The Quest is front wheel drive with constantly variable transmission or CVT.

Prices range from $28,550 to just over $42,000 and there aren't many options since even the mid-level SV van is well-equipped.

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