2011 Nissan Quest: First Look

2011 Nissan Quest

  • Competes with: Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey
  • Looks like: Nissan is not shying away from Cylon styling
  • Drivetrain: 253-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2011

Today, Nissan revealed its 2011 Quest minivan, making it the fifth significantly redesigned or refreshed minivan to be introduced in the past year. A segment that once was considered dead is experiencing a renaissance, yet Nissan’s re-entry into the market doesn’t look to scare the rest of the competition.

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Like the past-generation Quest’s optional skylights, the Quest can be equipped with dual sunroofs ($1,350) for front and rear passengers. There’s also a unique hard cover for the rear storage bin. While the bin is a common trait of minivans, the removable hard floor is unique. The stadium second- and third-row seats fold flat more like a modern crossover than a minivan to create a flat load floor.

Otherwise, besides the styling, there isn’t much to make the Quest stand out from the crowd. It has an optional rear entertainment system with an 11-inch widescreen display. Been there, done that, say Odyssey and Sienna.

A price breakdown and trim-level features supplied by Nissan, along with more photos, are below.

Quest 3.5 S: $27,750
Sixteen-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers; rear roof spoiler; six-way adjustable front bucket seats; front door map pockets; wood-tone trim (instrument panel, front doors and sliding door window switch); fold-flat second- and third-row seats; permanent rear storage well; first- and second-row center consoles; Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start; and six-disc CD stereo with four speakers.

Quest 3.5 SV: $30,900
One-touch power sliding doors; 16-inch aluminum wheels; three-zone automatic climate control; power driver’s seat lumbar adjustment; six speakers; fog lights; conversation mirror; 4.3-inch audio display; USB port with iPod connectivity; Bluetooth phone connectivity with steering-wheel controls; rearview monitor; and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Quest 3.5 SL: $34,350
Leather-appointed seating and door trim; 18-inch aluminum wheels; power liftgate; eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat; heated front seats; HomeLink transceiver; auto-dimming inside mirror with compass; roof rails; auto on/off headlights; leather-wrapped shift knob; quick-release fold-flat third row; and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Quest 3.5 LE: $41,350
Navigation system; 12-speaker Bose audio system; XM Satellite Radio (subscription required, sold separately); memory system for driver’s seat and side mirrors; auto tilt-in-reverse outside mirrors; second- and third-row manual blinds; four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat; 8-inch dash-mounted color display; DVD entertainment system with two wireless headphones, remote control and 11-inch widescreen display; advanced climate control system with auto-recirculation feature; blind spot warning system; and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.

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This is what you get when you mate a Toyota Sienna with a Nissan Cube. :-)

Ken L.

I personally think minivans are becoming more and more bus-like. They're huge! With that said, I'd still take the top of the line Swagger Wagon Sienna over this, though this would be my 2nd choice.


I am in my early 60's, and have never owned a mini-van. Now, I have 5 grandkids under 8, so I'm looking. But, I also live at 8,000 feet. I had heard the new Quest would have awd available, but apparently not. So, it is now out of the running. Too bad, its a good looking van (which can't be said for many of them).


Wow, that design really grew on me. Interior puts Sienna to shame. The exterior's not bad either, except for the full front on view. But I can't get one because it doesn't have AWD,


Wow, and I thought the new Odyssey was ugly!


The previous gen looks much better than this, but this one has a really nice looking interior!

Amuro Ray

Got a chance to pop that question to the Nissan folks 'bou 8 seatings?


did Renault design this?? Funky as the last gen! Interior is nice tho!


hideous. one of the ugliest vans ever.

Brett G.

2011 Highlander in the front Mazda in the back..? I kinda like the interior though.


The exterior looks like each part of it came from a different vehicle. There is no one theme there.

It's great to hear from you and see what you've been up to. In your blog I feel your enthusiasm for life. thank you.

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