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2006 Nissan Quest 3.5 SE Review

Family Quest

by Alain Gayot

A side view of a 2006 Nissan Quest 3.5 SE

In short: A fully loaded New Age minivan.

Sadly, the Nissan Quest has not been fully embraced as the totally cool minivan it is. Its avant garde design has been both its friend and foe, and due to a general dislike of the Quest's ergonomics the 2007 model will undergo a complete dashboard overhaul. Nonetheless, its interior design is one of the more futuristic approaches we’ve seen, and the multi-panel glass roof adds brightness to the general comfort of this luxurious troop transport. In its present incarnation, the Quest is a great family car that moms with several kids should be driving. With May being the month of Mother's Day, we thought the mom-friendly Quest would be a perfect "Car of the Month."

The base model will give you ample satisfaction and reliable city and road assurance—but jazz it up with some of our tester’s options and you’ve just spent a cool ten grand more. Those included XM satellite radio, a navigation system, DVD entertainment system, run-flat tires, second row captain’s chairs and the very convenient rear parking assist.

Nissan Quest

Standard features include all the cubbies, cup holders, grocery bag hooks and power outlets one expects from a minivan such as this. Gas mileage was decent and power (for what this vehicle is designed to do) was not an issue during our week in this hip, jade-colored multi-passenger ride.

Whether they're going to a birthday party loaded with balloons, picking up a few kids after soccer practice or heading to the grocery store, cool moms will safely transport their precious cargo. With a smile on their face, they’ll always be ready for their next family quest.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2006 Nissan Quest 3.5 SE

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Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Price as tested: $39,915

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 5-door minivan

Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 240 bhp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 242 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4,209 lbs
Wheelbase: 124 in
204.1/77.6/71.9 in
Turning circle: 40 ft

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS
independent front and rear
traction control, vehicle stability control

Safety: front air bags, front side air bags, side head curtain air bags, optional rear view camera and electronic parking assist

0-60 mph: 8.2 seconds

Top Speed: 126 mph

EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

Class-leading looks; sporty for a minivan; strong engine; creature comforts; glass roof creates airy interior; quirky design

Quirky design can get too quirky; ergonomics; some early quality issues

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(Updated: 02/07/13 NW)

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