Nissan gave its Quest minivan an update for the 2011 model year, changing the exterior significantly. This update follows Honda and Toyota's updates to their minivans.

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Unlike its competition, the Quest employs a very cohesive exterior look. The grille arrangement and headlights show a unique, geometrical look. The rear of the Quest is a big vertical square hatch.

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Nissan powers the Quest with its 3.5-liter V-6, and engine that has found its way into many Nissan and Infiniti cars over the last decade. It produces 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.

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The Quest is very roomy, seating two in front, two in the middle, and three in a rear bench seat.

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Side doors and the rear hatch are power-operated at the SL trim.

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The Quest's suspension felt a little rough, too easily communicating jolts into the cabin.

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With the third row up, there is still a large, square space in back.

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The third row seats fold flat, creating a huge cargo space.

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This deep well sits under the load floor, adding significant storage space.

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The dual sunroof option adds this second power-operated sliding glass panel over the middle row.

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Strangely, Nissan only offers navigation at the top, LE, trim. This SL model comes with an LCD in the dashboard, but it is only used for audio and trip information.

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The Quest has a very good turning circle, making it easy to maneuver this big van.

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The left side of the steering wheel includes audio controls, and a button to activate voice command, which controls the Bluetooth phone system.

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The Quest gets large, traditional analog gauges.

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A high point of the drivetrain is the continuously variable transmission, which leads to smooth acceleration. It reacts well to accelerator input, dropping down to a lower ratio for more power.

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The array of buttons below the LCD are an evolution of Nissan's traditional infotainment interface, with a look that better integrates with the cabin interior.

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The LCD interface is the same as on previous Nissan models. This screen shows music folders on a USB drive.

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The display can show detailed information about MP3 files.

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Beyond audio information, the primary use of the LCD is showing fuel economy. The Quest gets 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway in EPA testing.

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The Bluetooth phone system is full featured, with a phone book feature and the ability to make calls by voice command.

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A DVD player in the center stack allows playback on the car's dashboard screen, but only when the parking brake is engaged.

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The Quest employs a fold-down screen for rear-seat entertainment. But it is only a single screen, unlike the dual screens in the Odyssey and Sienna.

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The DVD entertainment system includes a remote and two wireless headphones.

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The rearview camera shows distance and trajectory lines, which are very useful for maneuvering this big vehicle.

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