The Nissan Quest is a minivan with front-wheel drive and an engine located in the front. The V6 engine allows the vehicle to deliver a good balance of power and fuel economy. The large seating capacity and standard permanent rear storage well make the Quest appealing to families, especially those with children involved in sports who need room to carry both the kids and equipment.
All trim options of the 2011 Nissan Quest come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This engine delivers 260 horsepower, allowing the minivan to tow up to 3,500 pounds with optional towing accessories. Owners of the Quest can expect up to 19 mpg in city traffic and 24 mpg on the highway. Seven people can fit in the Quest, with two each in the front and second rows and three in the third row. The second and third rows also fold flat if needed to increase storage capacity inside the minivan. The Nissan Quest was manufactured in Avon, Ohio from 1993 to 2002. The model was not produced in 2003, but production resumed in 2004 in Canton, Mississippi. The year 2010 offered no Quest model, but Nissan began producing the minivan again in 2011 in Shatai, Kyushu, Japan.
The first generation of the Quest, produced from 1993 to 1998, had only three doors. A second side door was added to all subsequent generations of the minivan, bringing the total door count to four, excluding the back liftgate. All models of the Quest featured folding third row seats, but the second row did not fold flat until 2004. Before then, drivers had to remove the second row of seats if they needed greater storage capacity. Safety features were also improved over the years, with driver and passenger airbags added to the Quest in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Side and curtain airbags debuted in 2004.
The 2011 Nissan Quest is available in four different trim options: 3.5 S, 3.5 SV, 3.5 SL, and 3.5 LE. The 3.5 S trim includes the Intelligent Key system with push button ignition, six airbags, and tire pressure monitoring. The SV also features a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, one-touch power sliding doors, and tri-zone temperature control. Upgrading to the SL model adds an eight-way power driver's seat, one-touch power liftgate, and digital compass. The top-of-the-line LE offers DVD entertainment, navigation, and blind spot warning systems.
Decisive Magazine called the 2011 Nissan Quest a formidable competitor in the minivan marketplace". The Quest also features a VQ series engine, which has been included multiple times on the annual Ward's "10 Best Engines" list. Reviews of the exterior appearance are also favorable, as the Quest is not a typical boxy minivan.
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