The 2001 Nissan Quest is a vastly improved model when compared to the 2000 version. It's available in three trim levels: GXE, SE, and GLE. The base model GXE comes equipped with 16-inch wheels and a rear stabilizer bar among other things. The midrange SE features aggressive tuning, acceleration sensitive strut valving, and a strut tower brace that help to facilitate more stability when cornering. The line-topping GLE comes equipped with standard leather seats, an in-dash CD changer, a wood-accented steering wheel, and Nissan’s Quest Smart Shelf system.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Quest GXE, Nissan Quest SE, Nissan Quest GLE
Several minor improvements have been introduced to the Quest for 2001. These changes include a front and rear styling refresh and the standardization of alloy wheels across the line. The base GXE model has been equipped with a rear stabilizer bar, and the sporty SE model has been equipped with acceleration-sensitive strut valving, along with a strut tower brace. On the inside, new gauges and better fabrics have been introduced, along with a new 130-watt sound system for the SE and the GLE. The line-topping GLE has also been equipped with an in-dash six-CD changer, as well as a wood and leather steering wheel. The floor-mounted optional entertainment system that previous models were equipped with has been replaced by an overhead system.
The 2001 Nissan Quest comes equipped with dual sliding doors and is 194.6 inches long. It stands 64.2 inches high, has a 112.2-inch wheelbase, and can be equipped with a roof rack. For 2001, the front and rear styling have been refreshed, and alloy wheels have been made standard on all models.
While it’s true that it can provide seating for up to seven, the 2001 Nissan Quest is not as spacious as many competing models. Second-row seating for the SE and GLE models consists of bucket seats, while the GXE comes equipped with a two-bench seat that’s removable. A third-row passenger-bench comes standard for all models. SE and GLE versions come with an outside-temperature display mounted in the dash. The GLE also comes with a dash-mounted six-CD changer, a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a rear cargo shelf that can hold up to 30 pounds. Models with sunroofs can also be equipped with an optional rear-seat entertainment system that includes a VCR, a flip-down video screen, and headphones. One of its best features is the amount of flexible passenger space it provides. The model’s seven-passenger Trac Flexible Seating allows for an impressive 24 different seating configurations when equipped with bench seats and 66 when equipped with second row captain’s chairs. It’s also possible to fold down the second-row seats into a table or to completely remove them. Third-row seating can also be folded into a table or folded down to increase cargo capacity. There are also integrated tracks that allow the third-row of seating to slide forward. Both the GXE and SE models offer the option of the multi-adjustable Quest Smart Shelf for additional storage capacity. The dashboard is sensibly and functionally laid out and features the audio unit placed just above the climate controls, facilitating easy access.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Nissan Quest is equipped with a 170-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 that comes standard across the line. Unfortunately, it lacks sufficient passing power. On the plus side, it’s a very drivable minivan that feels much smaller than it actually is from behind the wheel. Handling isn’t bad either, and its suspension helps facilitate a ride that’s quiet, smooth, and more like a sedan than the average minivan. All three versions are powered by the same 3.3-liter, V-6 engine. That engine is rated at 170 horsepower and produces 200 lb-ft of torque. It comes mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features include anti-lock brakes, power steering, and front-wheel drive.
The 2001 Nissan Quest includes standard anti-lock brakes and pre-tensioners for front seatbelts. In NHTSA crash tests for passenger, driver, and side impact front collisions, it receives five out of five stars and four out of five stars for side impact rear and rollover tests. However, in frontal offset collision tests conducted by the IIHS, it receives a lowest rating of ""poor.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Quest: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Flexible interior
- Compact footprint
- Good value for price
You Won't Like
- Lacks sufficient passing power
- Interior space is limited
Not a minivan that’s easy to recommend compared to other models in its class.
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