Minivans are perfect for anyone with kids, especially when they’re in the younger ages. My four and six year old are constantly asking me when a minivan is coming to the office and were quiet ecstatic to hear that we would be taking a minivan to the beach for Memorial Day weekend. The Nissan Quest proved to be the perfect vehicle to haul my family, luggage, coolers, sand buckets and all, on a long road trip to the beach.
I knew the Nissan Quest was a winner when I started to pack up the car for the trip. The rear cargo area drops down to give you an extra 4-6 inches of packing room, which may not sound like much, but in the grand scheme of packing, it’s HUGE. Also a perk are the sliding doors and back hatch buttons programmed into the key so that when carrying a tired kid or a load of groceries, you can just hit a button and the door opens for you, instead of wrangling and readjusting to open the door. For a road trip, once the family and baggage is crammed into the vehicle, you don’t want to be paying an arm and a leg just to get there, so the 18 city/25 highway fuel economy was appreciated. The get up and go of the Quest is also not to be overlooked, because the 3.5L V6 puts out 235hp and 240 lb-ft of torque.
All of the controls were right at arms reach for me, at 6’3″, and still as reachable for my wife who is only 5’5″. There were cup holders and cubbies galore, some hidden, like the one underneath the DVD storage compartment, and some of various sizes. The DVD player for kids with wireless headphones so that adults could still listen to the radio or talk was a hit with the kids and the adults. Nissan threw in a touch of class with the probably un-necessary but appreciated four skylights on the roof.
You can also watch the 2007 Nissan Quest Video on YouTube.
Convenience-wise, there were many features that made the Quest a great family vehicle. The power controls for the sliding doors and back hatch made it easy for my little girls to close with a push of a button (even the back hatch button was low enough for my six year old to reach). Just like a button to pop the trunk, Nissan incorporated a button up by the rearview mirror to open the back hatch. The hooks on the back of the driver and passenger seats made for groceries staying in the bag on the trip home and out from underfoot of the kids who aren’t the most conscious about what they may be stepping on.
The Nissan Quest is a great vehicle for the family on the go: decent horsepower for the man not to feel emasculated, ample cubbies for the wife to stay organized, and plenty of entertainment and kid-friendly features to keep children happy.