2009 Nissan Quest Performance
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The Nissan Quest's V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission are generally liked by critics. But many feel the handling could be better.
- "The saving grace for the Quest was always its engine and powertrain. The 3.5-liter V-6 was strong, responsive, and quiet. None of that has changed." -- About.com
Acceleration and Power
The Quest has only one choice of engines, a 3.5-liter V6, but reviewers feel it's the only one necessary. The Environmental Protection Agency gives the 2009 Nissan Quest an estimated 16 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
- "... the Quest engine is dandy. Sounds good, revs quickly, feels lively and confident whether burbling or barreling. Quest's five-speed automatic shifts brilliantly, up or down." -- USA TODAY
- "Among the faster minivans, Quest has fine power off the line along with good merging and passing muscle. The transmission upshifts smoothly and downshifts promptly when additional power is needed." -- Consumer Guide
- "... there's plenty of power for confident highway passes, though the throttle can be touchy and the Quest feels less energetic than the relatively sporty Honda Odyssey." -- Autosite.com
Handling and Braking
Generally the majority of reviewers say the Quest's handling is adequate, but nothing more.
- "Quest is among the larger minivans, so it's less car-like to drive than some rivals. It feels cumbersome in close quarters. On the upside, the steering is responsive and natural in feel, and Quest corners with good grip and modest body lean." -- Consumer Guide
- "Ride is very soft but at the expense of pinpoint handling. You feel the lean in corners." -- The Chicago Tribune
- "Cornering, braking and steering all felt very right on the test rig, except the turning circle was awkwardly large." -- USA TODAY
- "The brakes ... are well modulated and bleed speed with reassuring consistency." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Braking ... was free of fault thanks to four-wheel vented discs' effectiveness and instinctive modulation." -- Autosite.com