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2011 Nissan Quest Review

Improvements move it to the front of the minivan segment.

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When the previously designed Nissan Quest had a little bit of a different approach to its interior and exterior appearances, the competition outshined them. Shoppers were supposed to be impressed, but ended up being less than thrilled over the design.

The newly redesigned model 2011 Nissan Quest has more traditional styling and intends to recapture the minivan segment to pass the competition. There are many of the strong points being continued like the spacious seating, the power of the V-6 engine, and superior driving dynamics.

The ride quality improvements, quieter cabin, and continuously variable transmission will surely accomplish the goal of further enticing the prospective buyer. The seven-passenger seating may be an area of drawback since the other minivans normally accommodates eight passengers, along with the smaller cargo space of the fold-down third-row seating. However, the flat-folding of the seats do allow longer items to fit lengthwise for hauling, which will be an advantage for some folks that haul things that require long cargo space.

The 2011 Nissan Quest is focused on driver engagement and passenger comfort to please most shoppers and is well worth considering when looking for a minivan.

The Range

Body styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: Nissan Quest S, Nissan Quest SV, Nissan Quest SL, and Nissan Quest LE.

What's New

After taking a hiatus of a one-year period, the Nissan Quest has returned fully redesigned for the 2011 model year.


The 2011 Nissan Quest has beautiful color options for the exterior, along with multiple options and standard features to enhance the outer appearance.

The Nissan Quest S is the base model, and it comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels and the SV model adds foglights and alloy wheels. The SL will further sweeten the exterior by adding 18-inch wheels, power lift gate, and roof rails. Lastly, the LE model will upgrade to include xenon headlights. There is also the option of adding the dual-panel moonroof to the LE or SL trim level.


Interior features are numerous on the 2011 Nissan Quest that include cruise control, full power accessories, trip computer, auxiliary jack, steering column that has the tilt-and-telescoping function, remote keyless entry, and four-speaker stereo that has a six-CD changer on the S base model.

The Nissan Quest SV comes with power-sliding doors, rearview camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, conversation mirror, center console in front seat, automatic climate control, rearview mirror with auto-dimming, USB/iPod input jack, a color four-inch display for the six-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth.

The SL includes leather upholstery, power driver seat, heated front seats, and a one-touch feature that automatically folds the third row seats flat. The top trim level of Nissan Quest is the LE version, and it includes a navigation system, driver seat memory, power passenger front seat, warning system for blind spots, rear entertainment center that has an 11-inch widescreen, satellite radio, sunshades for second row and third row, advanced air filtration, and a Bose 13-speaker surround-sound system that comes with a classic 8-inch display.

The overall interior controls are easily reached and logically grouped together. The system operation is uncomplicated and intuitive, even with all of the included options. The cargo configuration is sufficient and offers a total 108 cubic feet of storage area.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Nissan Quest is powered with a 3.5-liter V-6, which produces 260 horsepower with 240 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent towards the front wheels by the continuously variable transmission. In acceleration tests, the Quest only took 8.5 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. On any type of road surface, the minivan provides a quiet, calm and comfortable cabin, and the road noise is pleasantly silenced.


All of the 2011 Nissan Quest models come with the same excellent standard safety features, with the exception of the rearview camera, and it only is standard on the base S model. Included on all models are stability control, side airbags in the front seat, front-seat head restraints, full-length curtain airbags on the sides, anti-lock disc brakes that have brake assist, and traction control.

In brake testing, it was recorded to take the Quest approximately 134 feet to come to a halt from a speed of 60 mph, which is about average for minivans.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Quest: 19/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sharp steering and great handling
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Continuously variable transmission is excellent
  • Roomy seating

You Won't Like

  • Seven passengers maximum
  • Not as much cargo space as rivals
  • Small amount of interior storage

Sum Up

Improvements move it to the front of the minivan segment.

If You Like This Vehicle

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See the New 2014 Quest.

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