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2011 Nissan Quest

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2011 Nissan Quest Review

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Looking for a family-hauler with a snappier style and image? Try the 2011 Nissan Quest minivan's distinctive boxy shape. Its tall, angular profile gives it a masculine vibe that dad will dig while, inside, mom will appreciate the overall upscale look and feel that's more adult-luxe than functional kid-mobile. Other minivans are less expensive and offer more power under the hood, but none deliver the wallop of design of the Nissan Quest.

You'll Like This Car If...

If most of your errands are of the in-town variety, it's worth pointing out that the 2011 Nissan Quest's 19-mpg city fuel economy is best-in-class. And, inside, an interior that looks less utilitarian than most minivans gives this box-on-wheels a more premium feel.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're hoping for a minivan with a dual-screen rear-seat DVD system or seating for 8, you'll find such features in the Honda Odyssey or the Toyota Sienna, but not the 2011 Nissan Quest. This minivan also runs on the higher side of the price spectrum, with the no-options-available base S trim opening close to $28,500.

What's New for 2011

The all-new, fourth-generation Quest returns to the Nissan lineup after a 1-year hiatus with a bold look that towers above the competition – literally.

Driving the Quest

Driving Impressions The gearless pull of the 2011 Nissan Quest's Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gives it a very smooth flow of power to the driving wheels. Nissan is a fan of this...

transmission, and we think its application in the Quest is one of the best yet. It's smooth, delivers power rapidly and helps the van obtain an EPA rating of 19 mpg in the city. Dynamically, the Quest minivan feels just like it looks: Large. Despite its masculine outward appearance, the Quest is a bit soft underneath, with one of the least engaging combinations of ride and handling in the minivan segment; if you prefer a smoother ride over more responsive handling, you've found your minivan.

Interior
With tasteful leather seating and a well-coordinated color scheme, the interior of the SL and LE trims looks like it belongs in a much more expensive vehicle that focuses more on hauling adults than children.

CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
With no gears, as such, to shift, this transmission provides seamless power with little lag.

2011 Nissan Quest Details
Interior

The 2011 Nissan Quest boasts the most spacious, luxury-like interior in the minivan segment. All of the knobs and buttons within reach of the driver have a solid, premium feel to them, and the faux wood trim throughout the cabin is well-executed. What's more, the SE and LE trims – which run on the higher end of the Quest price range – offer leather seating that wouldn't be out of place in an Infiniti vehicle. Our only complaint about the interior is regarding the shift knob – with the lever in drive, it gets in the way of the climate controls for the driver.

Exterior

Among the minivans currently on the market, the 2011 Nissan Quest's boxy silhouette makes this van stand out. The Quest is shorter in length and narrower in width than most of the competition, but it also stands taller – by nearly 3 inches in some cases. This extra height serves to illuminate the vehicle's full-surround "privacy glass" and distinctive square back end. Standard equipment on S and SV trims is 16-inch wheels and tires, but 18-inchers are fitted to the more upscale SL and LE trims, which helps fill the oversized wheel wells.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Nissan Quest S minivan comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), 16-inch wheels, push-button start, cloth seating surfaces, seating for 7, a 60/40 split third-row seat, a 6-CD audio system with auxiliary input jack and six airbags. The SV trim adds fog lights, a premium audio system with 4.3-inch color display and USB port, 1-touch power side sliding doors, Bluetooth, a rearview monitor and tri-zone automatic climate control. The SL gets 18-inch wheels, roof rails, a power tailgate, leather seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The range-topping LE adds a blind-spot warning system, a power return third-row seat, an air-scrubbing climate control system, hard drive-based navigation and rear-seat DVD entertainment.

Optional Equipment

Aside from a few extras like splash guards, roof-rail crossbars and carpeted floor mats, options remain few on the 2011 Nissan Quest. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system or Bose premium audio system can be added to the SL model, while a dual-panel moonroof is also available on SL and LE models.

Under the Hood

Providing the muscle for the 2011 Nissan Quest's metal is a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Although the Quest doesn't have the most horsepower in the minivan segment, it does have the smoothest transmission and the best city fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon.
3.5-liter V6
260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
240 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24

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2011 Nissan Quest Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 47 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Honda and Toyota should be concerned

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"about the new Nissan Quest! We owned a 2011 Honda Odyssey and this Quest is a much better ride then the Honda. The mileage is great and the ride is very smooth. I read that Nissan should have badged the Quest to the Infinity line of vehicles, it's that upscale! If your considering a van, don't pass up a test drive of the Nissan, you'll be totally surprised, promise! :)"

Love it!!!

By on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price."

Cons: "Haven't found any yet."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Love my van, really. Fits my boys and their friends and gear nicely. I'm a realtor, and my clients always comment how nice it is. The interior sold me the second I opened the door. It is very luxurious and I feel like I'm driving a sedan and not a minivan."

This was our first new Nissan.....

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "smooth, quiet, comfortable, push button start"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"and it is one of the nicest Vans we have ever owned (we have owned at least 2 dozen cars, vans, trucks, in our lifetime). We left the 2011 Honda Odyssey go simply because it was not nearly as nice as our older one (2004) The seats in the Quest are much more comfortable and the vision out of the van is much better. The Quest is very quiet, smooth riding, tons of power and my wife is in love with it. IF your considering a new van, do yourself a favor, drive the Quest. Your going to be totally surprised. REgards, Big Lew"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Most comfortable seats of any car on the road

By on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, quiet, roomy, great audio and smooth ride"

Cons: "Doors should unlock automatically when exiting car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this vehicle. It's large and roomy and exceptionally comfortable. Gets good mileage around town (20mpg) and about 23 on the highway. Exceptionally quiet, and I love the Bose audio system and Garmin navigation. Rear seats fold flat and are easy to put down/take up. Friends are stunned how comfortable even the back seats are. Can hold 4 guys and all golf clubs with ease!"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

a pretty cool ride! simplicity and luxury.

By on Monday, October 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "CVT with 3.5 engine, very sharp! and simplicity..."

Cons: "the shift knob should be relocated."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"an excellent choice, seats are easy to fold, dashboard and cluster are nice, colors are pretty, good ac for this desert, comfy, the third bench is convenient, rear ac is wonderful, suspension is good quality. you can feel nothing on the highway is so easy and the most important thing for me is the engine and transmission are very sharp! 3.5 with a CVT, no shifts and very safe, strong and soft..."

20 people out of 35 found this review helpful

Luxury minivan something like a Infiniti or Lexus

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,809

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Ride, luxurious, features, controls"

Cons: "gas mileage, minor wind noise,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We are a Nissan family I have been buying this product since 1994 now had nothing but great reliable vehicles from Nissan. I still own a Altima, Versa, Juke and now Quest purchased in Oct 2013 its the best in options and comfortable interior than ever. Ride is smooth, V6 engine makes the van an pleasant to drive love the styling of it. The controls are perfect along nice displays and navigation is at best on voice commands which is overall great on Quest SV might be top of the line looking but its a really great minivan for its money. I am happy with our 8th Nissan as is will maintenance them and planning drive until 200K miles before traded but think will keep the last ones we purchased few years ago and recently this one purchase couple months because its a great minivan ever."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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