Test Drive: Nissan Quest SV | The Truth About Cars

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Nissan Quest

Test Drive: Nissan SV

Mini-vans, God love them. are the days when a van was mostly a with the front seats set far too to the windshield and separated by a giant, plastic engine cover allowed the sounds, smell and of the engine to leak into the interior. No, today’s vans are spacious and refined people that still provide a deal of utility while your precious family in comfort.

While they may not set the auto enthusiast#8217;s heart ask any family man and he will sing you the of infinite praises for the humble I am just such a man, and as my Freestar is on its way out, I must now a replacement.

Shopping for cars is fun and I was forward to a great many drives in my quest to replace the Lady but it turns out that really aren’t that passenger vans for sale in the market. Contrast this my experience in Japan where the box” segment offers of choices.

I have no idea why should be, but the amount of options to the Japanese consumer is amazing and you can buy from a stripped out base van that is virtually nothing than a bare metal box some seats bolted the back to a fully optioned van so that the owner of a Toyota would blush at the sheer of the purchase. Nissan alone a choice of six different min-vans for the market, and just to clarify I am talking about six different designs, not simply six different levels of the same van with names hung on them.

Japanese market #8220;Nissan

Despite the fact that are people who like to think we the very best of everything, I was to discover that we do not get always get the looking Japanese vans because Nissan changed the fascia of its top of the line Elgrand, I at mistook the Quest for Nissan#8217;s tier JDM offering known as the I like the idea of owning an and even looked at previous on the used market when I in Japan so, regardless of what I were unnecessary and unattractive to the front of the vehicle, I am happy I got the to check out its American cousin.

We get the fully optioned versions of van in the USA but even without all the extras the can still be quite plush with the highest end LE model at $42,640, it turns out they can be expensive as well. Fortunately, the level “S” model, is a more $25,990 and is, at the very least, with the same 260 horsepower V6 and CVT transmission that is offered all the range. The one I tested was the slightly up “SV” that begins at and it had the features my wife and I were for including a back-up camera, sliding doors, alloy and all the other basic bells and most mini-vans come these days.

My first thought upon the van in person is that it is tall and somewhat ungainly. It is terribly and the curving bodyline, set up high on the but sagging rather limply as it towards the front of the vehicle, little to break up the acres of featureless steel.

SL and higher have better looking wheels and a chrome trim that runs just the rocker panels that to mitigate the blandness, but the almost additional dollars required to up to that level seems a bit to me. Additionally, Nissan has failed to the opening in the body that all have to facilitate the sliding doors. The best looking usually set this opening below the window glass it blends in and doesn#8217;t attract so attention, but Nissan has opted to it right in the middle of the panel it resembles and ugly black across the rear quarter of the

Inside, the Quest SL was fairly Like most vehicles the and controls were well out but I was a little surprised at just the dashboard felt to me. I remember in a 72 Mach 1 when I was a kid, low in seats that had deep and facing a massive, high

From my perspective, the windshield like a bright … four inches wide and was no way I could see out the front. The Quest this memory right and I could imagine my wife, who is about five feet feeling the same way and being to crank the seat all the way to the top of its adjustment in order to simply see out. although I confess I may be nitpicking, I found the side mirrors to be shaped and positioned in such a way although they didn#8217;t my view, was distracting.

To make worse, the Nissan I drove had two consoles, one for the front and another for the row. This means, in to access the third row a passenger need to flip up one of the second row and then climb in behind it – I have not seen since I drove a sporty, two door

Because two of our three kids require full car seats, we be faced with the choice of placing one of those seats in the row, where we would to get into the van to buckle and unbuckle the at every stop, or with both car seats in the second row and my oldest child to climb the top of the console in order to go between the to his spot in the back. The whole was not very well thought in my opinion, and I didn’t even to ask if that console could be or deleted because, seriously, who the wants to do that when are paying $30K for a vehicle?

Nissan Quest

The was a … man walking in my mind I even took it out on the street, and a shame because out on the road I the van to be quiet, comfortable and downright mannered. The CVT, the first I ever driven, was smooth and I was to find a single flaw it. Nissan’s V6 was great in the big van and when I put my down, the road rushed to meet me every single whether I was accelerating from a or rolling on the power at 50 mph.

In a smaller, lighter vehicle, I can imagine the real thrill power train must

To sum up, I came away impressed the power and handling of the van but was turned off by the styling of all but the highest end models, the lack of thought put into the design and by the high prices of all but of models. There seems to be a hole in the market as far as the Japanese are concerned, for a well optioned, priced minivan that the good looks and the stylistic of the highest end models but deletes all the of luxury that I, as a family can’t really conceive of There is no way I am dropping 42 large on a van so I can get one that looks half-way

I am not a bargain shopper, but neither am I a In my life I have bought a total of four brand new and I tend to live with for a long, long time. I that our next new vehicle become a part of my family and it will travel with us we go. Barring incidents and accidents, if we good care of it there is a chance that my six year old son may one day himself behind the wheel.

When it comes down to kind of commitment, the Nissan SV fails to make the grade and I, to drop the cash required to get a higher trim level, look elsewhere.

The much looking, much higher Quest LE.

Thomas M Kreutzer lives in Buffalo, New York his wife and three children but has most of his … life He has lived in Japan for 9 years, for 2 and spent almost 5 years as a US Mariner serving primarily in the A long time auto and enthusiast he has pursued his hobbies possible.

He also enjoys and public speaking where, to his wife, his favorite subject is

*Note #8211; this was edited to correct inaccuracies out by philadlj in the comments section. for the assist.

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