2011 Nissan Quest

Rumors of the demise of the minivan were grossly misrepresented.  In fact, in 2010, three of the top four minivans – Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Nissan Quest – were all redesigned and improved.  For Nissan, the rebirth of the Quest could not have come soon enough as they were becoming less and less relevant among minivan shoppers.

I’m here to say that this Quest is the real deal and is worthy of side-by-side comparison next to the Sienna and Odyssey.  I could go into some of the key features like the One-Touch Power Sliding Doors, One-Touch Power Liftgate, and Quick Release Fold Flat 2nd and 3rd Row Seats.

Quite honestly, all three of these minivans are worthy of finding a home in your garage and hauling your family around town.  The Quest has been dramatically improved and has some advantages over the competition, but those are not very significant.  The big considerations are as follows:

  • How does it ride? The answer is that it rides as good as the competition.
  • How user friendly is it? Again, on par with the competition.
  • How much does it cost? It’s pricier than the Sienna, but slightly less than the Odyssey.

And that’s the bottom line on the Quest.  Despite the features it offers and its improved styling, it needs to be cheaper than a Sienna because it will not fetch the same residual value after three years.  So if you plan on keeping your Quest for at least five years, you have my blessing, but if this is a three or four year purchase, I would advise you to wait until the Quest is discounted.

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