2012 Nissan Quest Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Quest is Nissan’s minivan that debuts the fourth generation version as a 2011 model after skipping the 2010 model year. Nissan claims the Quest is the most distinctive minivan on the market and the new model continues to offer unique styling, functionality and comfort. The first Quest minivan was introduced in 1993, the result of a joint venture with Ford Motor Company that also produced the Mercury Villager. A second-generation Quest was sold from 1999 to 2002. The Quest was redesigned for 2004 with more expressive styling than its predecessor, along with a host of innovative features and improved driving performance. For 2007, the Quest received significant mid-cycle updates with a completely revised interior, a refined exterior and numerous comfort and convenience feature enhancements.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Nissan Quest is a seven-passenger minivan offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and LE.
Standard features on the base S model include 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, ambient interior lighting and a four-speaker sound system with six-CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack.
The SV adds alloy wheels, foglights, power-sliding doors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a front-seat center console, a conversation mirror, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a 4-inch color display, satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface. The SL further sweetens the deal with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, roof rails, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat and one-touch fold-flat third-row seats.
The range-topping LE tacks on xenon headlights, a blind-spot warning system, driver memory functions, a four-way power front passenger seat, power-return third-row seats, second- and third-row sunshades, advanced air filtration, a navigation system, a rear entertainment system with an 11-inch widescreen, and a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with an 8-inch display and satellite radio. A dual-panel sunroof is available as an option, but only for the SL and LE models. Unfortunately, most of the features offered in upper trims are not available on lower trims.
Powertrains and Performance
A 3.5-liter V6 powers the Nissan Quest with 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels.
Standard safety features for all 2012 Nissan Quest models include antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front-seat active head restraints. A rearview camera is standard on all but the base S trim level.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Quest earned the agency’s top rating of “Good” in frontal-offset and side-impact collisions, and a second-best rating of “Acceptable” for rollover protection.
Interior Design and Special Features
The latest Nissan Quest adopted a more conservative design inside and out last year. Interior controls are logically grouped on the center stack within easy reach of the driver. Even when it’s loaded with options, operating the various climate, navigation and entertainment systems is simple and intuitive. Interior materials are above average in the lower trim levels, while the leather-appointed cabins in the SL and LE foster a luxurious and serene environment. Even the CD player/radio is built to a classy aesthetic, with a simple faceplate and chrome-banded volume and tuning knobs.
Unlike the Odyssey or Sienna, which can accommodate three passengers in the second row, the Quest offers only two captain’s chairs, separated by a removable center console. This effectively makes the Quest a seven-seater. The upshot is that the second-row seats slide and recline, and are quite comfortable. Like the third row, they also fold forward and flat in the floor. This makes it easier to carry longer items than in a Sienna and Odyssey, which require you to physically remove their second-row seats. The downside is that the Quest carries less than the Odyssey and Sienna; its 108 cubic feet of cargo capacity is about 40 cubes shy of its rivals due to its taller floor. The Quest also lacks the deep bin behind the third row when it’s in place.
Ultimately shoppers will have to decide whether the convenience and flexibility of the Quest is worth the trade-off in cargo space, though a compromise could be found with Chrysler’s Stow n Go system. While its second and third rows are more difficult to lower than the Quest’s, they leave more room after disappearing into the floor.
On nearly any road surface, the 2012 Nissan Quest pleasantly silences wind and road noise, with ruts and bumps in the road ably absorbed by the compliant suspension. Steering is precise, but feels needlessly heavy at slow speeds. In concert with the suspension, the steering effort gives the Quest an almost sporting feel in the curves.
Power from the V6 is more than adequate, and we even prefer the smooth CVT over traditional stepped transmissions in this application. Quick reactions from the throttle and transmission make easy work of passing maneuvers and ascending grades, the latter scenario the only time the steady-state rpm drone of the CVT becomes evident.
2012 Nissan Quest Price :
MSRP range: $27,750 – $41,350
Invoice price range: $25,859 – $37,859
2012 Nissan Quest Specs :
Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4371
City (MPG) : 19
Hwy (MPG) : 24
Horsepower : 260@6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 240@4400
Wheelbase : 118.1
Length (in.) : 200.8
Width (in.) : 77.6
Height (in.) : 71.5