Minivan Wars Heat Up With Debut Of The 2011 Nissan Quest

Nissan unveiled the all-new 2011 Nissan Quest minivan this week at the LA Auto Show in an aggressive move to battle the all-new Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. With its bold, boxy styling, this four-generation Quest is certainly eye-catching, but it also offers a long list of features that minivan van buyers will love.

For starters, the 2011 Quest is powered by Nissan’s ubiquitous 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 253 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Quest’s powertrain is part of Nissan’s award-winning VQ engine series and it promises responsive performance and smoothness. The new Quest is a welcome addition to the current lineup, Boston Nissan Dealers say.

Of course, performance will only get you so far in the minivan segment. That’s why the Quest is equipped with a wide range of innovative features that ensure this minivan can handle just about anything a growing family can throw at it. This includes power sliding side doors, a power rear liftgate, quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, flexible space behind the 3rd row seat, and even a theater-style interior layout with raised 2nd and 3rd rows which provides occupants with excellent visibility. Versatility is the hallmark of minivans, Connecticut Car Dealers say.

“Little things, whether an extra mirror, a lower entry height or just the smell of clean air can make a difference in everyday vehicle use – how you feel when you’re driving and how you feel when you arrive,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “Our engineers have thought of nearly everything a parent may need in a minivan, including fun.”

Many car buyers put safety first when it comes to buying a new minivan. That’s why Nissan engineers also equipped the all-new Quest with the latest safety innovations. These include the Quest’s standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with a segment-first application of Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert. When filling the tires with air, the hazard lamps flash to let you know the system is working. When the correct pressure is reached, Quest will give a friendly beep of the horn. Other safety features include Nissan’s “Safety Shield” concept, which comprises a Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), a Traction Control System (TCS), and the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) – all of which are standard equipment. While the minivan started out as basic family transportation, modern features and technology have made them more desirable on the pre-owned market, according to Maryland Used Cars

“With the introduction of the new 2011 Quest, Nissan offers a new paradigm in family mobility –an innovative fusion of sophistication, security and functionality that helps celebrate family life,” said Castignetti.

For a base price of $27,750, the 2011 Nissan Quest stacks up wellm against the competition. Thanks to its distinctive style, dynamic performance, robust safety features, and innovative functionality, the Quest is well equipped to give the Sienna and the Odyssey a run for their money.