2011 Nissan Quest
Now, if your hauling needs are even larger, and speed is not an issue, consider the all-new Nissan Quest. Nissan says it's more than just a redesign, but a whole new take on the minivan segment.
We're not sure we buy into all that, but as with the recent redesigns of Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, styling is a big part of that re-imaging. The new Quest looks like it's been spending some time at the gym. And while your neighbors won't confuse it for a sport utility, its low, muscular stance might earn you some street cred.
Despite that emphasis on styling, it's the interior that is the true battleground for mini-vans. While comfort and space are givens, you need a few unique features to set yourself apart from the crowd, and fortunately, the Quest does bring a few to the table, including the lowest step-in height in the segment, as well as a third row that folds forward like a crossover, rather than backwards into a well like minivan rivals. A new Plasmacluster air purifier keeps unwanted outside odors...outside.
The Quest has always put driving dynamics high on its priority list, and that carries over; as does the gutsy performance from the 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. It's far from best in class in power, but it's still sufficient. Four different trim levels of Quest will go on sale early this year, with prices beginning around $28,000.
beginning around $28,000