What is it? The all-new, fourth-generation Nissan Quest broke cover in Los Angeles, revealing a more traditional minivan than its quirky predecessor. The new Quest is based on a platform shared with the Maxima and Murano. Stretching 200.8 inches, it is slightly shorter than a Dodge Grand Caravan. It uses the Nissan corporate VQ V6 engine with 253 horsepower.
The features read like a modern minivan, with available power doors and rear hatch, 11-inch video screen, navigation system with a hard drive for music storage, three-zone climate control system, 13-speaker Bose stereo, rearview camera, Xenon headlamps, and power heated mirrors. A stand out feature, the Quest has dual moonroofs. Four trim levels will be offered, and pricing starts at $27,750.
What is new or notable?The second- and third-row seats fold in place, creating a flat load floor. However, the seats do not fold into the floor, and therefore compromise cargo height. The upshot is that they can be converted as needed away from home, without the need to remove heavy seats.
CR's take: The previous Quest was a competitive minivan, with a distinctive interior and four small skylights with sunshades that created a more open feel for passengers. Like the Chrysler and Dodge minivans, it had been marred by poor reliability. Another strike against it: the last Quest had ESC available on just the top trim line. The new model appears more conventional, but it faces new and updated competition from all players in the category. Well see how it compares when we buy one to test.
When will it be available? Late 2010.