2011 Nissan Quest Road Test Specs | Edmunds.com

2011 Nissan Quest - Road Test Specs

2011 Nissan Quest Minivan

(3.5L V6 CVT Automatic)


Model year2011
StyleSL 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$35,160
Options on test vehicleWhite Pearl Paint (no cost); DVD Entertainment System ($2,100 -- includes DVD entertainment system with AV center and single-disc CD/DVD player, memory card slot, two wireless headphones, wireless remote control, rear 11.0-inch VGA display, dash-mounted 7-inch color QVGA display, 120-volt AC power inverter located in front center console, driver concentration option for rear entertainment, auxiliary audio/video input jack located on the back of the front center console, deletes auxiliary audio input jack located on the radio face); Dual Opening Glass Moonroof ($1,350 -- includes one-touch open/close moonroof with auto reverse, sliding shade and privacy glass).
As-tested MSRP$38,610


Drive typeTransverse Front Engine, Front-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498/213
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)260 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)240 @ 4,400
Fuel type87-octane recommended
Transmission typePulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)2.371 - 0.439


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Steering typeElectric-over-hydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.6
Tire brandToyo
Tire modelA22
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP235/55R18
Tire size, rearP235/55R18
Wheel size18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.4-by-1.1-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with 2-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.1-by-0.6-inch-in one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.7
0-45 mph (sec.)5.9
0-60 mph (sec.)8.5
0-75 mph (sec.)11.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 89.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)134
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)56.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.2
@ Full throttle (dB)71.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith or without traction control engaged and/or using brake torque, the Quest stumbles off the line slightly. This might help explain the steep throttle tip-in in everyday driving conditions, perhaps designed to compensate. Found a little time putting the shifter in Low, where the engine revs up to 6,200 rpm by 50 mph rather than 60 mph in Drive. Smooth and linear acceleration and seemingly loud without the revs climbing and dropping as they would in a stepped-gear automatic. Might be an illusion, though.
Braking commentsSeems to have the brake hardware to get the job done but not the tires. Good fade resistance, but no tire bite into the pavement. Felt like there was sand on the surface; there wasn't.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Nondefeat stability control takes the throttle away, limiting orbit speed. Try to drive through it and the brakes begin to grab in protest. Steering is friction-free, precise, and provides just enough weight. Throttle was a little touchy in Low, giving another variable to deal with. Slalom: The nondefeat stability control is very intrusive and doesn't relinquish control to the driver soon enough once it thinks the driver is out of control. Slalom becomes a stability-control threshold test, rather than a handling test.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)70.2
Relative humidity (%)30.3
Wind (mph, direction)2.4, crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/24 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,480
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,563
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)200.8
Width (in.)77.6
Height (in.)73.0
Wheelbase (in.)118.1
Track, front (in.)68.1
Track, rear (in.)68.1
Turning circle (ft.)36.7
Legroom, front (in.)43.8
Legroom, rear (in.)36.7
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)40.5
Headroom, front (in.)42.1
Headroom, rear (in.)41.6
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)40.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)64.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)63.2
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)61.2
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)98.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)108.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront, rear and third row
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag, rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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