Chris Woodruff, Senior Model Line Marketing Manager, discusses some of the interior layout features of the 2011 Nissan Quest.
I am an SUV lovin’ mama but I’ve been really impressed with the trend for auto manufacturers to woo us anti-minivan parents with vehicles that boast not only practicality, but style. Today’s parents are discriminating consumers that look for forward-thinking design and innovation. The stereotype of a ragged out soccer mom utilitarian vehicle is quickly being replaced with minivans designed for families on the go who want a vehicle with plenty of options for their busy lifestyle.
I was invited to attend the Nissan Quest 2011 blogger unveil in beautiful Del Mar, California, in early December and my initial response was, “California in the winter? Yes, please!”
My last vehicle was a Nissan Pathfinder, my sister has driven the Quest and is currently driving a Pathfinder, and my dad drives a Versa, so I’m definitely familiar with Nissan. I paired up with Caryn from Rockin’ Mama for a morning test drive during the Quest event in California and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Quest was immediately a comfortable, smooth drive. I’m barely 5 ft. 2 inches tall so ease of adjusting to a car is important to me.
The 2011 Nissan Quest has been designed to be a “great room in motion,” Chris Woodruff, Senior Model Line Marketing Manager, told us during the event. For you technical types who want to know what’s under the hood, the Quest has a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine with 253 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque and gets 18 mpg in the city/24 mpg on the highway.
Here are some of the “Innovation for Family” design features I liked the most:
- One-touch power sliding side doors that easily unlock and open with a single touch, even when you’re hands are full of shopping bags, book bags, boxes of wine, or feral toddlers.
- Dual Opening glass moonroofs (I have to admit this is one of those design features I covet as my current ride has neither)
- Standard Quick Release Fold-Flat 2nd and 3rd row seats to make a flat load floor, and available 3rd row power-return seatback on LE. This is a great flexibility feature, making the Quest perfect for those trips to the mega-supermarket or home improvement store.
- A removable 2nd row console with cupholders and lid
- Large, covered Permanent Rear Storage Well
- Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) intelligent HVAC system which is intriguing to me as my husband has horrible allergies. The system helps reduce allergens and unwanted odors within the Quest cabin. Its automatic intake control constantly monitors outside odors and automatically closes the intake port to prevent inflow of exhaust fumes or other unpleasant smells. It restores fresh air flow automatically when the offensive odors have passed.
- Blind Spot Warning system and RearView Monitor
- Standard 2nd and 3rd row theater seating with available 11-inch color monitor, making road trips more tolerable for everyone
- A Bose audio system with 13 speakers and XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription sold separately) is standard on the Quest LE and available on Quest SL. A USB port with iPod connectivity is standard on SV models and above.
What about safety? Every 2011 Quest offers standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). The Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) is also standard and features front air bags with seat belt sensors, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain supplemental side-impact air bags for front-and rear-seat occupant head protection, and front-seat Active Head Restraints.
The 2011 Nissan Quest has a base price of $27,750 (3.5 S) and tops out at $41,350 (3.5 LE).
Disclosure: Nissan provided me with airfare and hotel accommodations at the beautiful L’Auberge hotel in Del Mar to attend this event.
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