2012 Nissan Quest LE: 600-Mile Road Trip
April 16, 2012
Spending 600 miles behind the wheel of our longterm 2012 Nissan Quest en route to the shame of our nation, Las Vegas, gave me a pretty good idea of its freeway attributes.
Let's talk about its size. It casts a large shadow. Really large (and it's really dowdy-looking, but I'm probably not the first to express this opinion). And the not-insignificant mass of this maxivan is really palpable when you traverse large bumps and compressions, moreso than in our Odyssey or Sienna. You picture the Quest's suspension straining to manage the colossal structure bearing down upon it.
Yet in practice, the Quest drives less 'tippy' and top-heavy than our longterm Explorer. Plus, the Quest's strong V6 punches it around with enough authority that it never feels lacking for power. The quick and adequately-hefted steering, too, helps the minivan drive more tidily than I had expected.
So call it a split decision -- the Quest feels heavier than its direct competition but this impression doesn't dominate the minivan's every move.
More impressions and observations to follow.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 10,590 miles.