2007 Quest New Car Test Drive
The Nissan Quest features wild styling and better performance than most other minivans. Its powerful 3.5-liter V6 is a version of the same engine used in the 350Z sports car. And its smooth five-speed automatic would be perfectly at home in an expensive luxury car. With crisp steering, carlike ride and handling characteristics, and loads of useful space, the Quest is more fun to drive than most minivans and a better all-around choice for big families than a crossover SUV.
The space-age styling carries through inside with jetliner-style seats, and optional SkyView glass roof panels. A rounded pod juts out from the dash and houses the shifter and secondary controls. The cabin is comfortable and innovative. Its back seats are as roomy and comfortable as those of any minivan. And the rear cargo area is among the most useful, bested only by Chrysler's.
The Quest has a longer wheelbase than any minivan on the market today, and is as tall and long as its largest competitors. It's also one of the most versatile, with a radically arching roofline that contributes to its practicality. Its sliding doors open wide, and it boasts handy features such as a power liftgate, power rear-quarter windows, a sonar park-assist system, and overhead mood lighting. It's capable of towing up to 3500 pounds.
Nissan introduced the Quest as an all-new model for 2004. At the time, it featured a controversial interior design. Nissan changed to a more conventional interior for the 2007 model year, and also revised the front and rear exterior styling.
The 2007 Nissan Quest is offered in four trim levels: base 3.5, 3.5 S, 3.5 SL, and 3.5 SE. All are the same length. All feature Nissan's superb 3.5-liter V6 engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.
The Quest 3.5 ($24,350) comes with cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, front and rear air conditioning with rear controls, 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 3.5 S ($25,650) adds a power right-side sliding door, a power liftgate, power third-row vent windows, in-dash six-disc CD changer, upgraded audio speakers, rear sonar back-up warning system, and illuminated steering wheel audio switches.
The 3.5 SL ($27,500) adds an eight-way power driver's seat, power-adjustable pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control and illuminated audio switches, rear-seat audio controls, upgraded stereo speakers, electrochromic rear-view mirror, HomeLink transmitter, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. The SL Premium package ($4,050) adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power four-way adjustable front passenger seat, front seat armrests, and 265-watt Bose sound system with 10 speakers and a six-CD in-dash changer. An Upgrade package ($650) adds front-seat side-impact airbags, a power sliding door on the driver's side, and puddle lamps.
The 3.5 SE ($33,900) adds leather upholstery; heated front seats; four-way power for the front passenger seat; dual-zone automatic climate control; RearView Monitor with a seven-inch screen; memory function for the driver's seat, mirrors, and pedals; dual power sliding doors; 265-watt Bose sound system with 10 speakers and a six-CD changer; an interior air filter; tilt-down backup aid side mirrors; a full-length overhead console; automatic headlights, fog lights, and P225/60HR17 Goodyear Eagles on machine-finished aluminum rims. The SE also has Nissan's SkyView Roof, which features a power glass sunroof over the first row, panoramic glass panels over the second and third rows, and sunshades for the panoramic panels. The SE also gets more safety features: front-seat side-impact airbags and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).
The Seat Package, which nearly every Quest has, features 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 ($1,550) 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 ($2,000) is available exclusively for the 3.5 SE. The Navigation and PAX package for the SL ($3000) and SE ($2650) includes a DVD navigation system with a seven-inch screen, 19-inch Michelin run-flat tires, and a cargo organizer for the area left by the now-absent spare tire.
The Technology package for the SL ($1700) includes dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a Bluetooth wireless cell phone link, the RearView monitor, and automatic headlights. The Technology package for the SE ($800) includes the satellite radio and Bluetooth. The Towing package ($560) gives the Quest a towing capacity of 3500 pounds.
Safety features include curtain airbags for all three rows (for head protection), the required frontal airbags, active head restraints, traction control, and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, plus a tire-pressure monitor. Side-impact airbags (for torso protection) and electronic stabilit.