Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2012 Page: 36 of 56
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Nissan's modern-family-friendly Quest: Finally a minivan that's (almost) cool
CASEY WILLIAMS I Auto Reviewer
Whenever my partner and I watch Modem
Fa mily, we see too much of ourselves in Mitchell
and Cam's relationship. We debate which of us
most resembles the characters — my partner
would be the one to present our baby as The Lion
King, and I can completely queen out over
something trivial. However; it's another star of
the show that would be welcomed by double
Nissan's product placement of the all-new
Quest mini-van was uber-smmt. Although
driven by Claire in the show, it's easy to imagine
two dads and their adopted offspring heading
off to a fabulous vacation in that sleek bus. The
streamlined toaster's distinguished wrap-
around rear glass sits atop creased bodysides, 18-
in. alloys and a chrome grille that could part
wind for an Infiniti or two flaming queens.
As big as the Quest is — and it is huge — it
comes.off as a much smaller vehicle until you
creep upon it.
Nobody thinks minivans are cool nowadays
... not that they ever did. But the joy of owning
one sneaks up on you. The Quest's interior is ab-
solutely dance-club spacious with seating
enough for seven. If little ones are in your future,
six of your nearest and dearest friends will love
going anywhere with you. Point the nose in any
direction and slide aboard.
Friends slip through the power sliding rear
doors, open either of the dual sunroofs (rear rid-
ers get their own), and climate control their indi-
vidual zones. You could throw Manny in the
back and never hear his adolescent pontifica-
tions again. Front passengers have: heated seats
and ride in thrones that smell like cow butter
and are more luxurious than those in a Gulf-
stream jet; rear seats fold flat to throw in bicycles*
a Nelson credenza or enough regalia for a pro-
duction of La Boheme.
Play a CD of the opera through the van's SB-
speaker Bose audio system, recline your seat and
pretend you're there. Or put in a DVD to gee it
on the roof-mounted flatscreen. In-dash naviga-
tion, rear camera, blind spot warning system,
Bluetooth phone connections, USB input for
MP3 players and XM Satellite Radio bring you
back to the current time with a full suite of toys.
My sister, who has three kids, was impressed
with the Quest. Under the rear floor is a deep
Well to store valuables out of sight. Wide pockets
in the doors are big enough for baby gear and
have places to hold water bottles. Consoles be-
tween the front and middle-row seats hold
drinks, iPads or anything else a modern family
carries. If you can carry it, this van will haul it.
When Claire needs to make a quick get-away
from another awkward situation, they'll throttle
down on the standard 260hp 3.5-liter DOHC V6
engine, connected to the front wheels through a
continuously variable transmission (CVT). Most
CVTs reel up and down their gear ratios main-
taining a shrill somewhere between a Weed
Eater and a screaming cat. Not so the Quest's.
It's quiet, smooth and enables excellent 19/24-
MPG city/hwy. ratings — not bad for a 4,500-lb.
LIVE LIKE A DUNPHEY | Driver's seat styling doesn't take a backseat in the Quest LE ... though the
backseat, with built-in DVD player, may be too good for the kids. (Photo courtesy Nissan)
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