• Sep 4th 2009 at 2:29PM
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Last we heard, Nissan was rumored to be dumping its Quest minivan along with the Armada large SUV and its platform-mate from Infiniti, the QX56. Conventional wisdom suggested that the Japanese automaker may source its next SUV platform from Dodge since the two automakers had planned to tie up on their next fullsize pickups.

As you probably know, the previously-announced relationship between Nissan and the Pentastar is no longer in the works. As such, if Nissan's going to put out another large SUV, it's going to need its own platform. Somewhat surprisingly given the overall state of the SUV market in America – sales of Infiniti's oversize 'ute are down 41.2 percent so far this year – Wards Auto is reporting that Nissan is indeed readying a new QX56 for next year.

Also in the offing will reportedly be a new generation of the largely unloved Quest minivan. If you thought the QX56 was underperforming in its market, the Quest is even worse – down 56.8 percent though August – and that's from a not-terribly-impressive baseline in a shrinking segment. Still, it seems Nissan wants to compete on equal footing against the Honda Odyssey and the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country twins, so we're interested to see what they come up with the next time 'round.



[Source: Wards Auto]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      let 'em die, please
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone really need a gargantuan sized SUV like the QX56?
      To me its a symbol of over the top excess like a Hummer
      I agree with Alexander, please let it die already!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who are you to tell them what they 'need'? If all we needed was 4-wheeled motorised transportation, we'd all be driving Toyota IQs and Aveos.

        Luxury, bro. LUXURY. It comes in different sizes and forms.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awwww... give the Qwest a break. It's really an XXL Maxima. Strong engine, great handling, longest wheelbase, longest sliding doors, lowest step-in, fold-down seats, SkyView roof, distinct and stylish exterior, big interior improved for '07... the list goes on. It's all moot, however. The van's great attributes have gone unnoticed by many, with correspondingly low sales.

      http://www.zotz.com/Nissan/Accessories/Nissan-Quest/4581160_Kd9TE

      That's ours, in Chestnut Metallic. :-)

      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems a bit silly. I guess they know how much money they're making off these big vehicles. It's not like the Cube is selling well (http://bit.ly/M7TPX). And that's the kind of vehicle (small, unique) that we all say automakers should build more of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the Quest honestly. It isn't a typical looking minivan. But kill the QX56 with fire and lightning.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Quest is a failboat on wheels. Take a look at those flimsy second row seats with cheap vinyl curtains to cover the latches. That interior is full of fail. It also competes with the Sedona for first to fail minivan status reliability wise (now that the GM nosejobs are dead). All that at a premium price. Our Nissan dealer doesn't even seem to be bothering to stock them anymore.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ehh. I could never warm up to the Quest's really cheap-ish feeling center console design, and center gauges. It's like you're just sitting in a really basic room with a fold-up table in the middle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see the potential for both. The reason neither was a tremendous success is simple, they weren't competitive. The QX has the size necessary to compete with the Escalade and Navigator, but the blah looks and mediocre interior are turn offs.

        The Quest has its strong points. It's unique looking and has a decent interior, but its packaging an available content is a bit behind, yet the price is certainly up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm always surprised when the Toyota Sienna is left out of the Competitors List... I see just as many Toyota Minivans on the road, as Hondas and Chryslers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just because you seem just as many in "your neighborhood" doesn't reflect nationwide.

        Obviously, it isn't the big seller that you make it out to be, 'cause last year Chrysler and Honda were fighting neck and neck for #1. Chrysler won, unfortunately.
      • 6 Years Ago
      qx56, kinda cool. quest..... not so much. i'd rather they redid the sentra.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think you'd say that if you've ever actually seen the inside of a QX56, or driven one. Or... have you ever even seen one at all? Even the pictures demonstrate it's profound "full of fail" status.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you owned one? Or did you just test drive one? I just leased my second QX and its the best all around full size I've owned; great ride, tons of space for the family and gear, plenty of power and more than enough towing capacity. And I see them everywhere on the road. Not a fail in my opinion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've been in a QX on the road before and all I could think of was how much of a waste of money and space it was to drive this huge lumbering beast that raises you so far off the ground. The passenger volume is large but that's because it can hold a lot of people. The individual passenger space really isn't any more comfortable than a large sedan though.
        And even as lumbering beasts go I think there's quite a few I'd buy before I bought this thing especially given the price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The QX56 was never cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great point mercennarius. The early quality control issues were a huge problem..as was the typical for 04 crappy interior (remember the interior on the first G35).

      C&D ran a comparo in 07 and the QX came in 3rd, but was first among the real SUVs, beating the Escalade and Navi. It was behind the GL450 and the Q7. Like others have commented, I'll bet that most of the naysayers have never driven one and/or been in one of the newer ones. Although, I will admit, it has a face only a mother could love!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The design of the Quest on the outside is Excellent. Probably the best of the bunch. Unfortunately the inside is sad. Low Rent and the fact that the third row doesn't even split when all other minivans do goes to show you they are way out of touch with consumers. Everyone wants a folding 3rd row seat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The QX56 and Quest are actually pretty good products, they were just plagued with bad reviews early on due to quirky styling and electrical problems on the early models. Hopefully Nissan/Infiniti can come through with good replacements to keep them from dieing off...I have a feeling Infiniti might be using a spruced up version of the new Nissan Patrol for the QX56 replacement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i misread the title and thought they were gonna be one and the same. THAT would suck
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a 08 QX56 owner, I echo Paul's comments. We drove all of them (MB GL450, Escalade, LX570, Sequoia Platinum, Escalade, no Navigator- UGLY) and the QX was the best combo of performance (relative to it's class), interior quality, and bells/whistles. Add to that, the value and you have a clear winner. Others obviously agreed as the '08 sold significantly better than the 07s. Don't judge this SUV on the '04-'07 performance, it is night/day compared to the '08-'10.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, both the QX56 and Quest received much needed interior improvements in the last couple years but it was a little to late. Both were plagued with bad reviews early on that Nissan could never over come....looking at Nissan/Infinitis newest models and upcoming models I have big hopes for these two vehicles as its a make it or break it for them IMHO...being that Nissan is the only interesting Japanese automaker left I think they'll pull it off....
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with Keg, we love ours. Rides good, easy to park and plenty of room for our bunch. I do wonder if half of these negative comments come from owners or just the shallow people who judge it when one drives by...so sad.
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