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Avg. Price Paid: $15,325 - $23,436
Original MSRP: $27,750 - $41,350
MPG: 19 City / 24 Hwy
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2011 Nissan Quest Interior

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Most reviewers agree that the 2011 Nissan Quest has a practical and inviting cabin, but it doesn’t blow away the competition. Reviewers complain about some cheap-feeling materials, especially on the base model, and cargo space isn’t up to what competitors offer. Still, reviewers say the seven-seat Quest is comfortable for all passengers, provided you skip the optional center console for the front row.

  • "The reality with minivans is that their exteriors are secondary to their interiors. You must open the doors to see where manufacturers spend the majority of their development dollars. Do so on the Quest and you'll find a practical 7-passenger environment that's standard on every trim level." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "From the driver’s seat, the gauges and controls are simple to use and understand. Materials are soft, the seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of space overall. Head room is more than ample even with the optional dual sunroofs, and climbing into the back seats from the front is possible for limber sorts." -- Road and Track
  • "Inside the sculpted Kleenex box, Nissan showed some clever inventiveness." -- Popular Mechanics

Seating

Minivans are all about comfortably moving a crowd around town, and reviewers say all three rows in the 2011 Nissan Quest are up to the task. The first row’s captain’s chairs get high marks, but a few reviewers complained that the front passenger’s knee tended to rub against the optional front center console. The second row gets positive reviews for comfort and space. The third row bench is a little more cramped, but still comfortable enough for adults on short trips. One possible downside to the Quest is that there is no second row bench option. As a result, the Quest can only seat seven. Most minivans seat eight.

  • "The front thrones proved most comfortable for the driver. The front passenger had to beware of the protruding center console. The surface facing the front passenger is hard plastic and it's an unpleasant surface for a knee to rub against." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The first- and second-row captain’s chairs (there is no second-row-bench option) are superbly comfortable, and even the third row isn’t a penalty box, thanks to theater-style seating and the absence of a second-row center seatback." -- Car and Driver
  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom in the 2nd row; most adults will fit comfortably. Third-row headroom is decent thanks to a tall, squared rear roof line." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the segment-leading Odyssey and Sienna can accommodate a third passenger in their second-row seats, the Quest is limited to a two-seat configuration. Although this effectively makes the Quest a seven-seater, the upshot is that the second-row seats are comfortable and also slide and recline." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are supportive and comfortable, and all controls are within easy reach." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Several reviewers complain about the interior materials used in the 2011 Nissan Quest, particularly on the base model. Still, reviewers say that if you go for the higher trims, the Quest’s interior is a nice place to spend time.

The base S model comes standard with remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Trade up to the SV model and you get all that pus steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, a conversation mirror, front seat center console and a USB port. The SL adds leather upholstery and heated front seats. The top-of-the-line LE has driver seat memory, a power passenger’s seat, blind spot warning system, navigation and second-and third-row sunshades for protecting sleeping passengers.

With so many standard features, the few options you can get on the Quest include a dual-panel sunroof and a DVD system – but those options are only available on the SL and LE trims. Also, you can’t add many of the features from the upper trims to the lower ones. If you want a lot of goodies, you’re going to have to go for the more expensive trims.

  • "We’d issue a demerit for the headliner, too, which looks and feels rather low-rent compared with the rest of the interior." -- Car and Driver
  • "Interior assembly quality is top-notch. Though heavily outfitted in plastics, Quest's interior is inviting and comfortable with standard wood-grain trim in the first row and padded soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin. Optional leather seats with contrast piping add to an overall classy-looking interior." -- Consumer Guide
  • "This latest Nissan Quest adopts a more conservative design approach than before. Interior controls are logically grouped on the center stack and within easy reach of the driver. Even when it's fully loaded with options, operating all of the systems is intuitive and uncomplicated." -- Edmunds
  • "Also, the center console is made from hard plastic, a surface that can be uncomfortable for the front passenger, whose knee tends to rub against it." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "We also like Nissan's approach to the rear-seat DVD system. While the competition leans towards ultra-wide screens, in order to display two videos side-by-side, Nissan chooses to use one large 11-inch screen for one video at a time. The result is a much better picture when only one DVD is playing (plus the kids who ride in a Quest will learn the important skill of compromise at an early age)." -- Autoblog

Cargo

Like all minivans, the 2011 Nissan Quest has decent cargo space. There’s 25.7 cubic feet of space when all three rows of seats are in use, 63.6 cubic feet when you fold the third row and 108.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. And therein lies the rub: while most minivans have seats that can be removed or folded into the floor, the seats in the Quest only fold flat. While that creates a flat load floor for cargo, it also eats into the vertical cargo space. Reviewers are divided over the system. Some are fine with it, others with for more space and a lower liftover height.

One thing reviewers agree on is the deep storage well behind the third row seat. Thanks to heavy-duty panels that cover the space, you can fit lots of cargo in the well (several reviewers climbed into the space themselves) and still load stuff on top.

  • "In addition to the cargo space above the folded seats, the Quest features a huge cargo well behind the third-row. How large? Big enough for your 5-foot 9-inch author to climb in and close the twin covers over his only slightly folded body. The strong yet lightweight lids align with the main floor of the minivan and can support more than 200 pounds." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The greatest demerit is reserved for cargo capacity, though, which is way down versus the cavernous competition. Because none of the Quest’s seats folds into the floor, as they variously do in its competitors, the Nissan has nearly 40 percent less available cargo space than the Odyssey." -- Car and Driver
  • "Another possible downside is that the third-row seat folds forward rather than dropping into a rear well, reducing cargo space. At the same time, the second-row seats fold forward, creating a flat load floor all the way to the back of the front seats. This might reduce overall cargo space, but it also makes it easier to haul longer objects without having to remove the middle-row seats." -- Edmunds
  • "When the kids aren’t around and the Quest is on duty to haul cargo, it doesn’t require a great deal of work to convert. No seats to remove. Simply pull some levers and the rear seats flip forward, as does the 2nd row. The result is a flat load floor that’s quite wide, and the liftover height is quite reasonable as the floor is at bumper height." -- Road and Track
  • "The competition allows the second rows to come out, and the third rows to "tumble" or fold out of the way (into that recessed area in the back). Nissan's approach is much more convenient, but it does compromise overall cargo volume as the folded seats take up space." -- Autoblog

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