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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 51 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
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Not what I hoped it would be.

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Roomy, quick"

Cons: "Some issues with paint and interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I was excited when I bought my Nissan Quest and it does have a lot of room and has been a good reliable vehicle for family road trips. However, I have had to have the back lift gait painted twice because of rust around the window. I like the engine and the pick up...it is a quick mini van. The arm rest on drivers side has multiple cracks in it which started when the van was approx. 2 years old...this is being replaced per warranty. I have grey leather which looked great initially but has stained very easily and doesn't clean well even though I had leather protector put on the vehicle. The rear view windshield washer just trickles (it does not spray and that is how it is designed according to the dealership) on the window and doesn't clean the window very well. In the winter it is often difficult to see out of the back window."

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Nice Ride!

By on Sunday, June 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

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: "Feels like a luxurious ride"

Cons: "Can't think of one!"

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

"On our mission to find a first ever van for our family, I thought it would by an odyssey hands down. My husband insisted on driving different brands, grudgingly I said ok, so we did. We drove an odyssey, sienna, town and country, and a quest. At first my thoughts about the quest were no way...until I drove one. It was a hands down winner. The ride is so comfortable, feels upscale, love the fully loaded LE GPS and large display, large mirrors, a well for my groceries so they don't slide everywhere, everything. We drove a 14 town and country and my husband was bobbing up and down in the passenger seat the whole time. The odyssey just didn't feel upscale or have any luxury. The LCD camera was so small. The sienna I could turn the wheel with my pinky, it was too easy. The Quest unexpectedly fit my needs perfectly. I have already nearly locked the keys in the car 3 times in the few months we've had this, but with a feature the doors won't lock with them inside. I am confused why this is at the bottom of the minivan ratings, this van is great! We live in a rural area so mostly highway driving, some stop and go, I get a consistent 23.9 MPG. We drove 5 hours to get a 14 with only 900 miles on it, so glad we did! Now my extended family wants one!"

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Look out Honda!

By on Monday, June 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

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: "all of the above"

Cons: "really? NONE!"

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

"We have been a Honda family for eons, since 1977 and our first new car (Honda Civic). Last year we looked at the Nissan simply because of the unique body style. Once inside it was almost a done deal without driving it, but the drive is what sold us on the van. I can't get over the tight turning radius on this vehicle. Also, the interior looks so high end. We owned a 2011 Odyssey and gave that up simply because it was so uncomfortable. Honda might be rated the highest in consumer reports, but we OWNED the Odyssey and the Nissan just blew it away. The things we enjoy the most are the seats, visibility, ride, handling, style, interior, storage and all the front and side air bags and huge mirrors. We tend to trade our vehicles every few years. We are not looking forward to doing that with this vehicle. It's going to be tough letting her go. I've read the mostly pros to owning this van and a few negatives. To keep some honesty in these reviews do yourself a favor...take the top 5 reviews that are for it and the top 5 reviews that are against it and throw them out. The reason is that there are so many sales people online trying to either make THEIR line of cars/trucks/vans look good by either writing fake reviews or writing negative reviews of their competitors. The most important thing is to GO DRIVE the Nissan Quest! Try to drive all the vehicles your considering in one day. Just tell the dealers you are only there to drive the vehicle and want to compare it to other brands. Also tell them you are NOT going to purchase that day no matter what. Back to the review....I'm 6'5" and weight about 220....this van is PERFECT for me. Everyone that rides in this van comments on how much room and how comfy the seats are. Look at the layout of the dash....it is waaaaay better then the competition. Nissan used a ton of soft material when doing the dash, doors, etc. It's just so high end. I read online where as Nissan could have badged this van as a Infinity product and that is so true! The other small but important thing to us was the amount of chrome used on the door handles, etc. You can't find anything that shows where they cut corners....certainly not in the engine, tranny or interior. Lastly, we bought it for our retirement years. The last thing we needed was room for eight people. We tend to go out with friends to have dinner, etc. If you have a lot of children, then I can understand wanting a van that holds 8 or more, but be realistic. Do you really NEED seating for eight or are you just buying to SAY it holds eight? If your concerned about that, you might as well go for the Nissan NV3500! lol Why mess around with a van that holds eight when you can have one that holds 12? Just say'n. That's it. I hope this helped someone out there. Sincerely, Big Lew"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Best Mini Van!!!! Everyone who sees it, wants it!

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

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

Double Sun Roofs, COOL!!!!!! My kids friends love it!!!!

"Well built. No complaints. Handles great!!! Very fast, and very quiet. No road noise at all!!! Awesome sound system, DVD viewings and, and camera!!! Love all the hidden cup holders, and the wide angle viewing for traffic!!! Men have stopped me wanting to ask more about my Mini Van. Way better than 2015 Chrysler Town & Country S, 2015 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite, and the 2015 Toyota Sienna SE. I have driven all of them. Plus you get better rebates on last year models, even though fully loaded!!!! Go for it! My kids say mommy's Toyota Sienna is "junk" compared to daddy's Nissan Quest!!!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Double Sun Roofs, COOL!!!!!! My kids friends love it!!!!

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! :)"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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