Summary, Prices, Specs

By January 27, 2012


The Nissan Quest does everything a family van should with no shortcomings in performance, efficiency, comfort or environmental features. The Quest drives nicely, with an optimum balance between ride quality and handling and a responsive V6 engine. The cabin is designed well for four adult-sized people plus two or three children.

G.R. Whale filed this report after his test drive of the Quest around Del Mar, California; with staff reports.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Nissan Quest S ($27,750); Quest SV ($31,050); Quest SL ($34,500); Quest LE ($41,350)
Engines:260-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions:continuously variable transmission
Safety equipment (standard):dual front, front-side and three-row side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints, three LATCH anchors, rear child door locks, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, brake assist, traction control
Safety equipment (optional):rearview camera, blind-spot warning system
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Kyushu, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Nissan Quest LE ($41,350)
Standard equipment:leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, power heated front seats, driver memory system, second-row reclining captain's chairs, 60/40-split third row, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, fold-flat second and third-row seats, power windows/locks/heated mirrors with reverse-tilt/sliding side doors/liftgate, wood-grain trim, fixed front and removable second-row consoles, intelligent key/pushbutton start, navigation, rearview camera, 13-speaker Bose audio AM/FM/6CD with aux in/iPod-USB ports, DVD rear-seat entertainment, rear window shades, 120-VAC outlet, Bluetooth, HID headlights, fog lights, cruise control, rear privacy glass, 14 cup/bottle holders, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler
Options as tested (MSPR):dual-opening power moonroofs ($1,350)
Destination charge:$810
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$43510
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):260 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):240 @ 4400
Transmission:continuously variable transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/24 mpg
Wheelbase:118.1 in.
Length/width/height:200.8/77.6/73.0 in.
Track, f/r:67.7/67.7 in.
Turning circle:36.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:7
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.9/57.3/43.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:38.9/66.0/36.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.0/49.6/40.5 in.
Cargo volume:108.4 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:3500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, strut, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:multi-link, coil springs
Ground clearance:6.6 in.
Curb weigth:4568 lbs.
Tires:P235/55R18 Toyo A22
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:20.0 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of January 27, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-647-7261 -