I Like It Best - 2012 Nissan Quest Long-Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest Long Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest: I Like It Best

October 1, 2012

 2012 Nissan Quest: Cool Drawer

After 22,300 miles and about 10-months living with our long-term 2012 Nissan Quest I have concluded that it is the minivan for me. It's the one I would buy.

Not an easy decision. Our long-term Honda Odyssey and I got along fine and I very much enjoyed our long-term Toyota Sienna. But I'm happiest behind the wheel of the Nissan.

And that is the deciding factor for me. All three vans offer the features, all three vans have proven to be well-built, reliable transportation and all three vans are less then beautiful. But from the driver's seat, I like the Quest best and its suspension tuning is the majority of the reason.

While our long-term Odyssey at times felt underdamped and floaty and our Sienna SE occationally felt too stiff in an attempt to feel sporty, the Quest's suspension is tuned to perfection. Its ride is smooth and comfortable without any extra body motions or unnecessary harshness. Both around town and out on the interstate the Quest feels more like an expensive European sedan than a Japanese minivan.

This past weekend the Oldham's piled into the Quest for a quick 300 mile road trip to the Palm Springs area to see grandma and grandpa. It was just the kind of real world family outing minivans like the Nissan are designed and built for. During the excursion the van once again proved that it delivers awesome levels of function and utility, buckets of upscale luxury and convenience and just enough driving enjoyment and dynamic sophistication to keep dad happy behind the wheel.

That is not easy to do in one vehicle. Nissan should be proud of the Quest.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 22,300 miles

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