Yesterday I gave you a play-by-play of our recent Nissan Quest road trip experience on my mom blog. Today I’m getting into specifics about some of my favorite features the 2011 Nissan Quest offers.
First a note on how the Quest drives. I’ll admit I thought I’d have to adjust to driving a van as my usual vehicle is an SUV but there was absolutely no adjustment period for me as I eased behind the driver’s seat. The Quest was very easy to handle and the rear park assist camera makes backing out of parking spaces a breeze.
Without further adieu, here are my 10 favorite features of the 2011 Nissan Quest LE:
Nav System With GPS And More
Going back to my 2003 SUV I must say I missed the nav system and all its bells and whistles. The Quest nav system and GPS was incredibly helpful on our beach road trip. We punched in our destination address and received directions, tracked our mileage, and were able to see how many miles per gallon we averaged. I love that the weather alert system warns you when there is nearby in-climate weather and that you can view the forecast for your home as well as your destination. If you’re a huge weather nerd like me, this feature will keep you in the know and feeling very Jim Cantore. I also appreciated the traffic information which comes in handy when you’re running late for work and you need photographic evidence of that 8-car pile up on the interstate!
Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Lumbar support in the driver’s seat on long trips is a must have. My husband and I both loved this feature and it makes sitting for long periods much more comfortable. Speaking of comfortable, the leg room in the front of the Quest was more than ample. My husband was able to nearly fully recline and nap in the front passenger’s seat without crowding out our 9-year-old, seated behind him.
DVD Entertainment System With 11-Inch Monitor
Seriously, how did our parents survive without built-in DVD players for kids? My girls would have probably camped out in the Quest and had a slumber party if I’d let them. I loved that they had separate audio for their movie watching in silence except for the occasional giggles and singing along with their favorite flick while my husband and I tuned into XM radio. The wireless headphones ensured there were no messy wires to tangle with and the storage cubby between the second row seats held their DVDs and headphones when not in use (I also liked the pocket storage on the backs of the front seats which were also handy for keeping DVDs within arm’s reach. The DVD player itself is actually located in the lower front console so your kids still need to rely on you to pop in a movie. Hey this way they’re not secretly watching The Hangover.
Rear Storage Well
I honestly forgot about some of the drinks I brought along for our trip because there is so much storage space in the hidden storage well. This would also be great during the holidays when you want to put shopping bags and other valuables out of sight. If your kids play sports, like mine, it’s also incredibly handy for sports gear, from soccer balls to bulky gym bags and from camping chairs to blankets.
Blind Spot Warning System
The first time I saw the orange blind spot warning light up on the rear side view mirrors I was amazed. Great safety feature especially helpful when trying to change lanes on the interstate in heavy traffic.
XM Satellite Radio
Who doesn’t like XM radio? There’s something for everyone, from ESPN to channels dedicated to your favorite decade of music (mine would be the 80s).
Rear Hatch Opener
I loved being able to open the hatch with the click of a button on the key fob. Plus at barely 5 ft. 2 inches tall it’s really difficult for me to reach up and pull down a rear hatch without feeling like I’m going to pull a muscle. Opening the hatch with the touch of a button saves my strength for those important things in life, like power bargain shopping.
I’m known for working my smart phone overtime and I loved being able to charge my phone in the Quest. The power outlet is conveniently located in the front of the Quest, in the console located between the two front seats. Of course there were times when hubby and I were jockeying for that outlet (ahem.)
Every Nissan Quest model (S, SV, SL and LE) features the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags.
Cup Holders Out The Wazoo
Call me petty, but if you’re a “can’t just have one beverage on hand” kind of mom like me and you love carrying a water bottle with you at all times AND need your morning coffee, then you’ll love the 16 cup holders the Quest features. If you’re sitting in the driver’s seat or front passenger’s seat you can easily reach 6 cup holders, which is nice for those times you need to monitor your kid’s beverage intake.
As far as gas mileage we averaged 20 MPG during our entire trip which is about par for the course for the competing minivans on the market.
What type of vehicle do you drive? What features do you look for in a family ride?
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