O/D Off - 2012 Nissan Quest Long-Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest Long Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest LE: O/D Off

July 09, 2012

2012 Nissan Quest LE: O/D Off

I hadn't made much use of the Quest's Overdrive Off button on the shift lever. Up until now, that is. The reason is twofold: First, I much prefer a true manual mode for downshifting to get engine braking. And second, I figured it only had an effect at highway speeds like most O/D off buttons on traditional automatics. 

In actuality...

The CVT in the Quest will give some semblance of meaningful engine braking via the O/D Off button as low as 25 mph. 

2012 Nissan Quest LE: O/D Off

Now that I've realized that, I'm using it all the time. Not just for slowing the Quest on the highway and around town rather than hitting the brakes, but also to have good revs for attacking freeway on-ramp sweepers.

I'd still prefer manual shifting like in the Altima's CVT, but this is a semi-acceptable alternative.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 19,066 miles.  

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