Nissan Quest

While I was looking at vehicles last year, I found a Nissan Quest. We walked in and it appeared to have everything I wanted in a vehicle. They made us a good deal so we bought it. I’ve been driving it now for about a year.

There are lots of pros and cons. The van is very comfortable and has a boatload of features. It has keyless entry, which I’ve come to love. You don’t have to look for keys, just walk up and touch the door and it opens.

The downside of that, is if you lose your key, it’s not easily replaceable. I did lose mine (or so I thought) We had to take the car into the dealership with our other key. The new key cost $120 for both pieces. I ordered 2 so I’d have an extra spare. It took about 4 hours for them to get the keys and reprogram the entire car.

On the good side, is without a key, your car can’t be taken. That’s a plus, but it’s sure a pain when you lose your key.

The doors all open electronically, and there is a great wheel well in the back that can store lots of thing. Traveling with a group you have plenty of room for 7 people with luggage to boot.

The car was advertised at 19 MPG in the city and 24 on the highway or one of the hight ones for a big vehicle. I have gotten as high as 25 or so on the highway, however the 19 in the city has really not happened. It’s more like 16 or 17 depending on traffic.

One thing I do like also is you can’t start the car without your foot on the break. Also if you leave on your emergency brake on, the car tells you. It has built in Blue tooth so you can sync your phone and answer without picking up a phone.

One thing we missed though in this car was the ability to have people listen to different music. The Buick we have prior had a way for people in the back to watch TV and there were 3 plugs for different music. On trips, someone could listen to the radio and someone else could listen to CD’s and and others watch a movie all at the same time.

Another thing I found is the Quest is much much bigger than my prior SUV. It’s great for the highway driving and trips but not to wonderful for around town driving when you have to park in tight spaces.

We also could not find a spare tire and had to take the car to the dealer. The dealer couldn’t find it either, they had to ask 4 or 5 people. We finally found out to get the spare, you have to pull up the carpet in the middle seats and then get a tool to lower the tire with a bolt. I’m hoping we never have to do that as if we did, after lowering it, it would be under the car in the middle and you’d have to crawl under to get it. Not too convenient.

Now that I have this vehicle, I’m considering looking around for a real small, compact that gets great gas mileage and can whip in and out of tight parking spaces. It would be convenient to have that for around town driving.


Nissan Quest

I ended up buying a Nissan Quest.  I walked into the showroom floor and saw the car on the floor.  It was newly designed, and appears to have all the features I was looking for.  It also said it actually got 19 MPG around the city.  That was impressive to me with it being as big as it was.

After buying the car, I found that 19 MPG not to be true.   Around town actual mileage is about 16-18 tops.

I like the fact that the Quest has a lot of room.  After having owned it for a few months,  I think if I was looking for another mini van, I’d look for a bench seat in the middle as when I take 5 people with me, one has to sit on the bench seat in the back and there is only seating for 2 in the middle  Overall it is very comfortable for 7 adults to travel  but a little strange if you had  only 5.

If you have the back seat up, there is a deep well behind it that will store luggage or any thing you buy at a store and till have more room than  a small car.  Size and storage are excellent.   You do have to be extra careful driving though as it does have a big blind spot.

The car also is keyless, push button start and push button everything.  It really spoils you in not having to hunt for keys when shopping.  On the down side, if you lose a key, you can’t just go buy one.  You must order the shell from the dealer and go down and have the entire car reprogrammed.   I did that and decided to get a spare key at the same time…. it was a 4 hour wait and $300 plus to get the keys and car reprogrammed.

Should you have one of these cars, and you’re going on a trip, better take a spare key just in case since they only place you can get a key is thru a dealer, and if you lose a key in the middle of no where, you’re in trouble.  On a plus side, it would be hard for anyone to steal your car without a key it won’t work.  IF they went to the dealer, to get one, they have to give identification and have the car with them.

The Quest is fabulous on trips, but really is a bit much for puttering around town.  You can’t just whip into a parking lot as it takes a bigger space.   It does have a back up camera so you can see while backing up but still need to look around the sides.

If you’re looking for space,  it’s got a lot.  If you’re looking for short quick trips, it’s  probably not for you.