My Quest LE $ 43,790 began its one-year term with Motor trend while pursuing a Lotus Evora throughout Montana, Colorado and New Mexico. It turns out that Evora’s Epic Drive – 2,800 miles from Washington to Montana, down the Continental Divide to New Mexico, then back to California (check it out on Motor trendYouTube channel) – was equally epic for the Quest. Besides one being a mid-engined two-seater exotic and the other a seven-passenger CVT-equipped minivan, the biggest difference between the fellow travelers was that when we finally got to Los Angeles, the Exotic returned home and the van was left for 31,000 miles of extra service.
For the next dozen months, the Quest was my ride. (And, yes, by choice.) As a father of a child at the time, I wanted to see how the Quest made my life easy – or difficult. I drove him to and from the office every day. Heated family on vacation. Used as a fishing trip carrier, airport taxi, group lunch shuttle, you name it. And when they bribed me properly, YOURThe photo / video service borrowed it for missions requiring a platform capable of swallowing more than 108 cubic feet of cargo.
Of course, those who borrowed the Japan-built Quest, which is longer than Sienna, narrower than Town & Country, and taller than Odyssey, and powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft. , also appreciated its dazzling range of LE equipment: leather upholstery, Bose audio system with 13 speakers, Bluetooth, rear view camera, blind spot warning, DVD entertainment, Plasmacluster cabin air purifier, smart key with push-button start, power one-touch sliding doors and tailgate, power and heated front seats, fold-flat second and third row, 16 cup holders, one 120V and two 12V power outlet, HID headlights and 18-inch wheels. Phew! My bitchin bus also had the $ 1,350 double-glazed power sunroof, $ 110 fenders, and $ 180 floor mats.
Let’s start with the advantages of the Quest, because there are many of them. The CVT proved to be smooth and always ready to jump into the power band for a boost of acceleration. And on the downhill, the overdrive button (which I dubbed the “sport” mode), provided welcome engine braking for the 4576 pounds. Nissan. The steering, although a bit late in the turn, offered good linearity and weighting, and the ride provided a cushioned and composed feel. In terms of convenience, the Quest was a champ. Rather than having to fumble around with a key fob, its smart key system made it possible to press a door handle button to unlock the doors or operate one of the power sliders, which was especially handy when my gloves were full of shopping or my son. The Quest’s cargo capacities were also excellent. A covered storage bin in the back of the third row provided over 11 cubic feet of security for valuables, not to mention that it was simply useful and still usable even when the third row was folded flat . Additionally, the Quest’s second row fold-flat folds horizontally with a pull of a lever, and the third row folds flat with the pull of a leash. While I enjoyed all of the aforementioned amenities, I especially enjoyed the blind spot monitor (a nice feature on a big brick), the DVD entertainment system (invaluable for road trips with kids) and the Plasmacluster air purifier (why smell the stink?).
The inconvenients? Yes there were a few, namely low-slung doors that often hit sidewalks, lazy throttle response, average range of 480 miles (our LT Odyssey Touring was 588), decent fuel economy and a finicky gas tank that twice almost left me stranded. Regarding the last, at 22,500 miles, the fuel tank and fuel pump were replaced free of charge according to service bulletin NTB11-068A. Apparently we weren’t the only ones to experience a sudden loss of fuel when the tank was less than a quarter full and the van was parked or moving down a slope.
During its 34,000 miles of service, the Quest made four service visits to the dealership. At 7,500 and 22,500 miles, it underwent an oil change, tire rotation and full inspection; and at 15,000 and 30,000 it underwent the same as well as replacement of the cabin air filter (15K) and cabin and engine air filters (30K). In total, the Quest racked up a service bill of $ 830.83. Normal wear cost was limited to a $ 720 set of Toyo Versado tires installed at 22,500 miles. In addition to the gas tank SB, a reprogramming of the engine control module was carried out at no cost according to service bulletin NTB12-022.
In December 2011, after spending a week in our LT Odyssey, I said this about the two similarly equipped minivans: for me, it’s its amenities and ease of use; therefore, I will take the Nissan. The Quest offers an easier and better entry system, convenient fold-flat second and third rows, and ample storage space that includes a covered bin that’s always available. For my trip, it’s Quest over Odyssey. “
A year later, my feelings still haven’t changed.
|2012 Nissan Quest LE|
|Lifetime||12 months / 34,506 mi|
|Options||Double opening glass sunroof ($ 1,350), carpeted floor mat ($ 180), splash guard ($ 110)|
|Price as tested||$ 43,790|
|Problem areas||Petrol tank|
|Maintenance cost||$ 830.83 (4 x oil change, tire rotation, inspection; 2 x cabin air filter, engine air filter)|
|Normal wear cost||$ 720 (four Toyo Versado tires)|
|3-year residual value *||$ 17,950|
|Reminders||NTB11-068A: replace the fuel tank; NTB12-022: ECM reprogramming|
|EPA City / Hwy / Comb Fuel Econ||19/24/21 mpg|
|2011 Nissan Quest LE|
|Powertrain / chassis|
|Transmission layout||Front engine, front wheel drive|
|Type of engine||60 degree V-6, aluminum block / heads|
|Valve train||DOHC, 4 valves / cylinder|
|Shift||213.5 cubic inches / 3498 cc|
|Compression ratio||10.3: 1|
|Power (SAE network)||260 hp at 6,000 rpm|
|Torque (SAE net)||240 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm|
|Red line||6600 rpm|
|Power weight||17.6 lb / hp|
|Transmission||Automatic variable suite|
|Axle / final drive ratios||4.88: 1 / 2.14: 1|
|Front suspension; back||Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs|
|Management report||18.6: 1|
|Brakes, f; r||11.4 inch ventilated disc; 12.1 inch ventilated disc, ABS|
|wheels||7.0 x 18 in, cast aluminum|
|Tires||235 / 55R18 99T M + S Toyo A22|
|Track, f / r||67.7 / 67.7 in|
|Length x Width x Height||200.8 x 77.6 x 71.5 inches|
|Turning circle||36.7 ft|
|Unloaded weight||4576 pounds|
|Weight distance, f / r||55/45%|
|Towing capacity||3500 pounds|
|Number of places||7|
|Ceiling height, f / m / r||40.9 / 38.9 / 38.0 in|
|Legroom, f / m / r||43.8 / 36.7 / 40.5 inch|
|Shoulder room, f / m / r||64.5 / 63.2 / 61.2 inch|
|Loading volume (beh f / m / r)||108.4 / 63.6 / 37.1 cu ft|
|Acceleration to mph|