After having owned a new 2011 Nissan Quest SL for 2 months now I wanted to share some of my honest feedback. 1st we are still glad with our choice to purchase this van over the rivals of Toyota and Honda. The quality is amazing and the interior is very luxurious. My refrigerator recently went out and I was able to haul a brand new Maytag side by side refrigerator in the back of this van. If you need more space than that go buy a Uhaul. Not to mention I still had space in the back floor compartment. Also in every review you will read that the cubic feet is less in the Nissan with all seats folded. True but remember they are not counting the 30 cu ft you have in the back storage well.
My 2011 Quest LE is the finest family vehicle I have ever had, and I own a Mercedes and a Lexus. The CVT and time tested engine do not have the hesitations of the Odyssey and the interior is the most plush of any of the vans, The kids love the dual sunroofs and Mom likes the XM radio, traffic, and weather alerts. I love the sound system and even with it's weight, the tight handling. Go for the LE. It is worth the extra cost.
We really, really wanted to continue liking our 2011 Quest, but it has gotten to the point that we are selling it before paying it off and getting out of the vehicle before something major (a.k.a. expensive) occurs. Within 1 year, both front doors required the bolts to be re-tightened as they got loose. That is ridiculous as a quality assurance problem from the factory. Within 2.5 years, it required new tires all the way around. 30k miles. Engine starting occasionally sputters, fails to start. It has run rough until warming up as well. Accessory belt is squeaking when humid outside and engine is cold. Engine oil change had metal bits recently, 32k miles. Brake job required, 33k.
When we had our 2nd child, I knew we had to get a minivan. I was dreading to buy a minivan but when I saw the Quest, it was match made in heaven. I was confused, does it look like a minivan, a crossover or what? Well folks, do yourself a favor & test drive this minivan before you even try to buy the Odyssey or the Sienna. I have owned Honda's in the past & I did like the Odyssey, however the bland interior & so-so looks made me go towards the Quest. If you want to use your mini-van as a U-hauler, then go for the Odyssey or the Sienna but if you want to easily convert the minivan to a hauler, Quest should be your choice. And to make it more sweeter, I got it $2k under invoice.
Had my Quest for one year now with 12,000 miles on it and not a problem yet. Frequently have 7 passengers in the car with no complaints. Drives smooth on the highway and so far so good. I must add that the CVT does lag a tad when hitting the gas from start. It doesn't bother me too much but wish it picked up quicker. Did a lot of research before going with the Quest, but I also have a 1995 Villager with a Nissan Engine that is still going strong also and just can't get rid of it. I did trade in my 2003 Grand Caravan and don't regret it a bit. All I can say is "Love the Quest!" Thinking of getting a second one whenever my 95 Villager stops running, but that may be years away
White 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).
Transverse Front Engine, Front-wheel Drive
Naturally aspirated port-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
260 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
240 @ 4,400
Pulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
2.371 - 0.439
With 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.
Seems 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.
Skid 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.