2011 Nissan Quest SL

Matt Tierney
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I had two trips home in this van and I was impressed. Unlike the last Quest, this is a real van, one that I could see carting around my family in. The interior is attractive, second only to the Honda. I'm not sold on the seat-folding/cargo setup of this van yet, however. Its seats fold nearly flat but not down into the floor like in other minivans. I might miss a true, flat cargo floor.

One significant benefit of the Quest's cargo/seat setup is the permanent underfloor cargo well in back. This is a real game-changing feature, and it might overrule any potential downside to the flat-cargo-floor concern. For 90 percent of a family's cargo needs, this permanent storage solution combined with a quick-folding seatback would trump the traditional fold-into-the-floor bench.

Although I didn't break out a tape measure, this van sure felt like the largest inside, had tons of room everywhere, and a good view out from all seats.

I wish this Quest were fully equipped like the others in the comparison, so it would be easier to judge versus the competition. As equipped, this van is quite a bit cheaper than the Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler. If I were ordering a Quest, I'd need to go all the way up to the LE, since it's the only way to get the blind-spot-monitoring system. At that point you're in the thick of the battle with the other vans, in the low-to-mid $40Ks.

Matt Tierney, Art Director

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