2012 Nissan Quest LE: Track Tested
May 01, 2012
Every so often, a track test gets lost in the shuffle. It's rare that this happens with something like our Mustang GT, but it is regrettable that it's happened with our Long-Term 2012 Nissan Quest LE.
Those of you slogging through our reviews of the doors and seating arrangements, function and fuel economy just to see what the 3.5-liter, CVT-equipped Quest managed during track testing will have to wait no more!
Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Quest LE
Driver: Chris Walton
Drive Type: Front engine, front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Continuously variable
Engine Type: Naturally aspirated, port-injected V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 3,498/213
Redline (rpm): 6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 260 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 240 @ 4,400
Brake Type (front): 11.4-by-1.1-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron disc with 2-piston sliding caliper
Brake Type (rear): 12.1-by-0.6-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Steering System: Electric-over-hydraulic-assist, speed-proportional power rack-and-pinion power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Tire Size (front): P235/55R18 99T
Tire Size (rear): P235/55R18 99T
Tire Brand: Toyo
Tire Model: A22
Tire Type: All-season
Wheel size: 18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel material (front/rear): Cast aluminum
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,592 (55.1% front)
0-30 (sec): 3.5 (4.1 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 5.7 (6.2 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 8.3 (8.9 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 8.0 (8.5 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 11.8 (12.3 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 16.2 @ 89.5 (16.6 @ 89.1 w/ TC on)
30-0 (ft): 32
60-0 (ft): 125
Slalom (mph): 56.9 (56.7 w/ ESC on)
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.75 (0.74 w/ ESC off)
Db @ Idle: 44.3
Db @ Full Throttle: 76.2
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 66.8
RPM @ 70 mph: 2,200
Acceleration: Weak off the line, good power by 4,500 rpm. Once the engine gets the revs up to 6,100 rpm, the CVT just holds it there for the rest of the strip. Quickest run came with shifter in "L," but not really sure why. No manual shifting ability: just Drive, Low and an Overdrive-Off button on the console lever.
Braking: Long-travel pedal with a spongy feel, especially first stop. But pedal got firmer with each stop. Lots of nosedive, some rear lockup. First stop was shortest at 125 feet. Longest was final (6th) at 129 feet, at which point the brakes were quite stinky.
Slalom: Not a big shock, but the Quest's cushy ride gives boaty, floaty handling with steering that's pretty vague. The important thing here was to try to stay below the non-defeat ESC system's intervention point, or it would start stabbing the brakes.
Skidpad: Surprisingly receptive to drop-throttle to adjust for understeer with ESC/TC off (ESC can't be fully defeated). With ESC on, the Quest did a crazy amount of braking to control understeer, swinging the tail out slightly at times, and this was actually just ever so slightly quicker than with the system partially off.