2012 Nissan Quest: First Tier
January 25, 2012
After spending time in the minivans we've had recently in our fleet -- the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and now the Nissan Quest -- one might assume that all minivans offer the kind of reasonably responsive performance that's a million miles removed from the groaning, trucklike handling seen in minivans of yesterday.
It's a happy assumption, but unfortunately, it's a false one. How do I know? I recently spent some time in a Dodge Grand Caravan.
The experience made me that much more appreciative of the Quest's relatively peppy performance off the line, and of how maneuverable it feels, despite its size. The Nissan definitely belongs in the first tier of the minivan segment. The Grand Caravan -- well, from a handling perspective, it doesn't.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor