2011 Nissan Quest

The 2011 Nissan Quest has undergone major improvements. Some even say that is has been fully redesigned. The new model is still a minivan with a capacity for seven passengers. It is offered in four trim levels.

The manufacturer—automobile giant Nissan—made it a point to go different when it comes to the exterior and interior design and styling of the 2011 model of the Nissan Quest. However, there are quite a handful of reviews that said this approach tend to polarize other potential customers rather than attract them.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Mini-Van Base Price: $27,750.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons (75.7 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 19 city / 24 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 200.8 in. (510 cm) Width: 77.6 in. (197 cm)
Height: 71.5 in. (181 cm) Wheel Base: 118.1 in. (299 cm)
Curb Weight: 4367 lbs (1980 kg) Ground Clearance: 6.2 in. (15.7 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 25.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: 24-valve DOHC V6 Displacement: 3.5-liter
Horsepower: 260 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 240 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm Transmission: CVT
0-60 mph: 8.2 seconds Max Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs (1578 kgs)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:SV MSRP: $30,900; MPG: 16 city / 24 hwy
Option:SL MSRP: $34,350; MPG: 16 city / 24 hwy
Option:LE MSRP: $41,350; MPG: 16 city / 24 hwy

Performance

Under the hood, you will find that the 2011 model of the Nissan Quest is fully-equipped with a V6 engine with a capacity for 3.5 liters. It is also capable of producing as much as 260 horsepower as well as 240 pound-feet of torque. This is then coupled with a continuous variable transmission which then delivers power to the front wheels of the 2011 Quest.

When it comes to the EPA, the ratings of the fuel economy of this model have not been released thus far. But according to its manufacturers, all the trims in the line up of this model have 19mpg city capacity as well as 24 mpg capacity on the highway.

Overall, when it comes to performance, this model boasts of decent handling as well as a powerful engine. Thus, though it is not really considered a superb choice for its class. The 2011 model of the Nissan Quest is still a pretty good choice for a minivan.

Interior & Exterior

When it comes to the exterior design and styling of the 2011 model, customers and experts alike say that the outside look and style has improved for the better. However, the reviews are still quite mixed because not everyone liked it. As a matter of fact, people tend to shy away from the style of minivans in general.

But as for the interior, most reviews are saying that the 2011 Quest does quite well. When it comes to the cabin, the 2011 model has been praised for the practicality and comfort of its cabin. On the contrary, there are still reviews that say that some of the materials for the interior still give a cheap feeling. But all in all, all the seven seats of the Nissan Quest are comfortable for the passengers. However, if you think about it, most of the minivans can actually seat eight people.

As for the interior features, a lot of reviewers are still unsatisfied. But when it comes to the higher trims for this model, it is a different story.

Safety & Reliability

When it comes to the safety, Nissan made it a point to include standard safety features for all the trims in this model. For instance, all trims have six air bags with all three rows receiving side-curtain airbags. The stability control feature as well as the antilock disc brakes is also standard for all the trims. The Easy Fill Tire Alert feature which is a standard for this model is also a hit among many reviewers. All trim levels also enjoy a rear view camera as a standard, well except for the base S trim level.

Finally, when it comes to reliability, the Quest received a 6.0 out of 10 rating in the Predicted Reliability rating of J. D. Power. And as for the warranty, it comes with the typical limited warranty of three years or 36,000 miles. It also comes with a power-train warranty of five years or 60,000 miles.

The Competition

If you want other options, you can check out the Honda Odyssey (MSRP $28,075; 18 city / 27 hwy), Toyota Sienna (MSRP $25,060; 19 city / 24 hwy) or Kia Sedona (MSRP $24,595; 18 city / 25 hwy) which are all competitors of the 2011 Nissan Quest.

Overall Rating
73 out of 100

What others say:

“The minivan buyer prizes space, flexibility and efficiency—and the 2011 Nissan Quest has taken steps back on all those fronts.”Car Connection

“ It's strong off the line with enough muscle for passing, though the CVT occasionally caused the engine to sound strained during uphill climbs.”Consumer Guide

“Quiet and smooth ride; roomy seating; excellent continuously variable transmission (CVT); sharp steering and handling.”Edmunds