2005 Quest New Car Test Drive
To paraphrase Nissan, the Quest is the cure for the common minivan. It eschews soccer mom styling for radical design. It boasts a powerful V6, the same engine used in the Nissan 350Z. Its smooth five-speed automatic would be perfectly at home in an expensive luxury car. Crisp steering, responsive handling and good high-speed stability make it more fun to drive than other minivans.
Its radical styling carries through inside with jetliner-style seats, optional Skyview glass roof panels and centrally located instrument cluster and secondary controls. Its cabin is comfortable and innovative. Its back seats are roomier, more comfortable, more functional and more interesting than those in other minivans.
The Nissan Quest ranks among the largest of the minivans. It's also one of the most versatile. Its long wheelbase, wide track and radically arching roofline contribute to its practicality: Its sliding doors open wider than those on other minivans. It boasts the latest features, including power sliding doors and a power rear liftgate, power rear-quarter windows, a sonar park-assist system and overhead mood lighting. And it can tow up to 3500 pounds.
Quest comes with the latest in safety features, including curtain airbags for all three rows, the required frontal airbags, active head restraints, electronic stability control (VDC), traction control (TCS), and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, plus a tire-pressure monitor. Side-impact airbags are optional.
Nissan introduced the Quest as an all-new model for 2004. The 2005 Quest starts at a lower price with the addition of a new base model.
For 2005, Nissan Quest is offered in four trim levels: base, S, SL, and SE. All are the same length. All are powered by Nissan's superb 3.5-liter V6 engine, which also does duty in the 350Z, Maxima, and Infiniti G35.
The base Quest ($23,350) comes with a four-speed automatic transmission, cloth upholstery, eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, cruise control with switches on the steering wheel, AM/FM/CD audio with eight speakers and RDS, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, two 12-volt power points, cornering lights, dual sliding doors, and P225/65HR16 Goodyear Eagle LS all-season tires on 16-inch steel wheels.
The S model ($24,550) adds power for the right-side sliding door and liftgate, and auto up/down power windows with safety reverse
SL ($26,250) substitutes a five-speed automatic transmission and adds eight-way power driver's seat, power-adjustable pedals leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control and audio switches, rear-seat audio controls, upgraded stereo speakers, electrochromic rear-view mirror, HomeLink transmitter, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. The 3.5 SL Upgrade ($750) includes front-seat side-impact airbags, heated front seats, and a sonar park assist system. Also available is the Leather & Bose package ($750).
SE ($32,250) adds leather seats in the first and second rows, heated front seats, four-way power for the front passenger seat, memory function for the driver's seat and pedals, front-seat side-impact airbags, dual power sliding doors, 265-watt Bose sound system with 10 speakers and a six-CD changer, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), automatic headlights, fog lights, and P225/60HR17 Goodyear Eagles on machine-finished 17-inch aluminum rims.
The list of factory-installed options is relatively short. The Seat Package ($350), which nearly every Quest has, provides fold-flat captain's chairs in the second row, with cupholders and an easy-entry feature, a fold-flat bench in third row with grocery-bag hooks, 3-point seat belts, and LATCH-style child safety seat anchors.
The DVD Entertainment Package for base, S and SL ($1,500) includes a DVD drive mounted under the front passenger seat, a seven-inch color screen, remote control, auxiliary inputs, rear-seat audio controls and two wireless headphones. A dual-screen version of the system ($1,900) is available exclusively for the SE. A GPS navigation system ($2,000) with DVD storage is available for the SE and for SL models with Bose audio. It features a seven-inch display mounted in the center meter cluster. About a dozen port- or dealer-installed accessories are available, including a tow package ($550) that gives Quest a towing capacity of 3500 pounds, running boards ($560), and a choice of XM or Sirius satellite radio ($400).
The Skyview Roof option ($1500), available only on SE and SL models with the Upgrade package, consists of a power glass sunroof over the first row plus panoramic glass panels over the second and third rows; the package includes sunshades and a full-length overhead console.