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2008 Nissan Quest Performance

This performance review was written when the 2008 Nissan Quest was new.

The Nissan Quest's V6 engine and five-speed automatic combo is "one of the industry's best," according to Kelley Blue Book and others, but handling is regarded as merely adequate.

About.com says the engine and powertrain has always been "the saving grace for the Quest," while USA TODAY describes it as "delightful."

Acceleration and Power

The Quest provides only one engine option, a 3.5-liter V6, but reviewers say it's the only one needed. USA TODAY calls the engine "dandy" and reports it "feels lively and confident whether burbling or barreling." With 235 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, Consumer Guide discovered "good merging and passing muscle," also noting the Quest as "among the faster minivans." The Chicago Tribune agrees that the powertrain gives "sufficient oomph to perform most tasks van owners will demand."

The 2008 Quest's gas mileage is not described as exceptional, but "you very likely won't have to visit your friendly gas station more often with the Nissan Quest than with the typical minivan," NewCars.com says. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2008 Nissan Quest gets an estimated 16 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.

All the 2008 Quest trims feature a five-speed automatic transmission, and reviewers are pleased with it. "Quest's five-speed automatic shifts brilliantly, up or down," for USA TODAY, while Autosite.com chooses "smooth and seamless" to describe its operation.

Handling and Braking

Generally the majority of reviewers say the Quest's handling is acceptable, but nothing more. With an independent strut front suspension and multilink rear, Consumer Guide says the Quest has a "good balance of compliance and control" but complains of "some typical minivan pitching." Car and Driver closes a favorable report of the Quest's suspension with a complaint. "Hit a bump, and instant replays ripple through the chassis, jiggling occupants and causing the numerous door and seat latches to chatter." Car and Driver worries "cornering harder than 0.50 g will only unseat ice-cream scoops from their cones, if not from kiddy stomachs." Critics also report the Nissan Quest's power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is merely adequate. Although considered "fairly responsive" by Cars.com and others, USA TODAY complains the turning circle is "awkwardly large."

Braking reports are kinder. Automobile Magazine says the four-wheel vented disc, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and Brake Assist are "well modulated and bleed speed with reassuring consistency" and Autosite.com.com finds them "free of fault."

Properly equipped, the Quest is able to tow 3,500 pounds.

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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