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2009 Nissan Quest

Posted: 01/15/2009 - 11:26 PM ET

Nissan has gone sporty with the 2009 Nissan Quest. It features a strong 3.5L V6 - the same engine that is utilized in the 350Z. This is a sports van folks - and it can definitely get up and boogie. MSRPs range from $25,950 up to $35,650, so obviously there are a lot of options available. Fuel economy ratings are 16/24 mpg city/highway. A 5-star frontal crash test rating from the NHTSA also helps to drive sales for this minivan that doesn't look like a minivan.

The 2009 Quest has been specifically designed to outperform other minivans like the Toyota Sienna - and it does so very effectively. The smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission and crisp steering add to its overall performance. It serves as a better, more convenient choice for big families than most crossover SUVs do. Futuristic design standards feature airliner-styled seating and the elected SkyView solid glass roof panels.

The innovative interior design offers roomy spaciousness and plenty of comfort for all passengers. The rear cargo area is fitted with easy-to-use clasps and is also quite spacious. The wheelbase of the Quest is the most lengthy on the market for any minivan today. It measures 124 inches. The overall dimensions of the 2009 Quest are 204.1" L x 77.6" W x 71.9" H. The roofline arches in a radical fashion increasing the vehicle's versatility and headroom. Dual sliding doors open large to accommodate simplistic entries and exits.

Powered lift gates, powered rear quarter windows and a brake assist system operated by sonar are some of the hippest features for the spacey-looking mini. There is also an overhead mood lighting system that is very well received, especially for families on elongated trips. The Nissan Quest comes in four trims for the 2009 model year: the base 3.5, the 3.5 S, the 3.5 SL and the 3.5 SE. They all have the same engine and they are all front wheel driven. Of course as the trim levels increase, the price does as well - and so do the features presented. The top-of-the-line SE has loads of excellent and luxurious amenities including DVD entertainment systems and voice recognition technology-driven controls.

All three rows of seating come with curtain airbags as well as active restraints for passenger's heads. Electronic brake force distribution (EBD), ABS braking with Brake Assist technology, tire pressure monitors and side impact airbags are also included.

The Quest looks more like a squatted SUV than a minivan - as was the intention of the design team. The longer wheelbase coupled with the shorter front and rear overhangs maintain practicality while enhancing the aesthetic value. Overall, the 2009 Nissan Quest is an exciting new concept for the minivan sector. It has awesome power - more than one would expect - plenty of luxury features, high levels of safety and a lot of individualistic style.



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