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    Interactive Review: 2012 Nissan Quest LE

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    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    July 19, 2012

    Updated: July 25, 2012

    Well, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC and Volkswagen Passat 2.5 SE have left the Garage and in their place is this; the 2012 Nissan Quest LE.

    The Quest LE comes with a 3.5L V6 producing 260 HP and 240 lb-ft of torque, and is equipped with a CVT.

    First Impressions:

    • Woah, this is very distinctive. I feel that the Quest's design is a love it or hate it. I like it myself.
    • I've been in houses that aren't as nice as the Quest's interior.
    • V6 and CVT combination is a surprise. Really can get the Quest moving at a surprising rate.
    • Don't like the Quest's transmission gate. Think I'm in Drive when I'm actually in Low. Very annoying.

    I'll have some updates on the Quest as the week goes on. In the meantime, drop off your questions for the Quest.

    Update: Sorry for the lack of updates on the Quest, I've been busy with some other work. But after spending a week and close to 550 miles on this van, I can say the Quest does make a good case for itself as a contender. Yes, you can't fold the seats into the floor or remove them to increase cargo room. But if you're main goal is to transport family members or people, the Quest fills that need perfectly.

    Fuel economy wise, the Quest did ok. 21.2 MPG was the test average, and on the highway run I got 22.3 MPG. Not bad for a van that weighs closely to 4500 lbs.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    More Pictures please so we can see the front, 3/4 view, interior.

    In regards to the car, do they still have that terrible shifter as part of the dash?

    Fit and finish both inside and out, I expect it to be good, but does it have anoying form? Some rear doors I see coming have these huge long flares that will cause door dings and be hard to get in and out of in tight parking. So are the front door normal van like with sliding rear or what?

    Road noise when driving, how does it compare to a buick?

    Blind spots?

    What type of Nanny devices did it come with?

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    The interior is really pleasant, overall design not so much.

    Question for W.M.....given the choice between this and the Odyssey, whoich do you prefer?

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    I'm a fan of the exterior look. I think it looks much more upscale than its competitors. I haven't spent any time inside one to know much about the interior.

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    I'm a fan of the exterior look. I think it looks much more upscale than its competitors. I haven't spent any time inside one to know much about the interior.

    I'm really surprised you like this...I thought this would be one of your least favorite new vehicles.

    But then again, you always did like wagons....

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    I tend to like well styled cars that are different in their class from the mainstream somehow. There isn't a lot you can do with a minivan to make it look different and special, but I think Nissan hits closest to that mark here.

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    ugly....my aztek was a peach in comparison

    About the Aztec it seems like eveyone of them ever sold is still on the road.

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    The Quest definitely has a JDM look to it. Totally different from the yam that came before it.

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    Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been busy working on some other items.

    More Pictures please so we can see the front, 3/4 view, interior.

    I will have some more pictures tomorrow..

    In regards to the car, do they still have that terrible shifter as part of the dash?

    Fit and finish both inside and out, I expect it to be good, but does it have anoying form?

    Road noise when driving, how does it compare to a buick?

    Blind spots?

    What type of Nanny devices did it come with?

    If you mean the shifter right next to the HVAC and Radio controls then yes.

    Fit and Finish is very good.

    For a van, wind and road noise is kept to a minimum. It won't rival Buick for quietness though.

    Yes, but the Quest does have a blind spot warning mounted in the side view mirrors that alert you when a car is in your blind spot. The rear is a bit tough as well, thankfully Nissan has fitted a backup camera as standard equipment.

    Some rear doors I see coming have these huge long flares that will cause door dings and be hard to get in and out of in tight parking. So are the front door normal van like with sliding rear or what?

    Uh, What?

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    The interior is really pleasant, overall design not so much.

    Question for W.M.....given the choice between this and the Odyssey, whoich do you prefer?

    Hmm, design and driving wise.. Quest by a mile.

    As for carrying cargo.. Odyssey. The reason is I can remove all of the seats from the Odyssey, thus giving me a large amount of cargo space.

    With the Quest, you cannot remove any of the seats. You can only fold them which means less cargo space.

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    Quest is supposed to have a nice interior but lacks cargo space due to the seats.

    Odyssey, what is nice, not so much glass. Interior doesn't feel quite so much like a bus then.

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    ugly....my aztek was a peach in comparison

    About the Aztec it seems like eveyone of them ever sold is still on the road.

    There was a row of about 12 or 15 of them in an Insurance impound lot I pass regularly....so...maybe not all of them.

    Actually compared with the abominations from BMW, The Aztec ain't that bad....

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    The Aztek was GM daring to be different and being punished for it. Once they lost the cladding, I didn't mind them so much and actually considered them as a work/light construction vehicle to beat around in.

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    Friggin "mini"vans have turned into such PIGS. I bought a maxed out Dodge Grand Caravan LE back in '89 and it weighed 3250-lbs. Had loads of interior space and the rear cargo floor was flat. Loved that car.

    At 4500-lbs., The Quest is probably on the low end of current minivan weights. Think I saw that the Odyssey is up around 4800 lbs, as are the Mopars and undoubtedly the Toyota. This is as much as--or more than--my '72 Olds 98 Regency weighed!!! That thing had a wheelbase of 127", was 225" long and 80" wide. Guess the new crop of "mini"vans aren't that far off from those dimensions...

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    • YES! 100% I was about to comment on that very same thing!!! In Quebec, the po-po dont give out tickets for left lane hogs. On top of that,  our Provincial police used to behave like this shyte cop-per too . "Used to" I said as they dont do that shyte no more.  Quebec has all kinds of speed traps in their arsenal. This was one of them.   But in Quebec, we dont seem to have a real left lane hog problem either.  It happens, but it aint a problem on our roads in general.  We speed more often than not though... And to be fair to the SQ (Surete du Quebec ie Quebec Provincial Police), they do put up with a lot of speeding.  Quebecois love to speed. A lot. And our speed limits are merely suggestions as the SQ tolerates us speeding. Its just that certain times of the year, like around holidays, or the start of summer, they button down and speed trap us to death...  They reel us in back to reality...   They left lane is NOT the fast lane. The left lane is NOT the lane to enforce speed limits in. What the left is, is allowing faster traffic to PASS SAFELY on the left, and then MERGE back in the center (or right lane if only two lanes)  going the FLOW of traffic. If traffic is such that going in and out of lanes is more dangerous, then the left lane is meant to be at a speed that travels FASTER than the other twom (if possible) and ESPECIALLY MAINTAINING THE FLOW of traffic.   If...IF...the LEFT lane is moving SLOWER than the RIGHT lane because of a LEFT LANE HOG then we gots a problem.  And if the left lane hog seems to be a cop....SHAME ON THAT DIRTY COP.  The cop had sooooo much time to accelerate BEFORE he clogged up the traffic. He realized and he accelerated and at that poiint in time, the 3rd lane became available and that is when the Subaru drove on the right to pass, but by that time when the cop accelerated to pass the Suburban, it was too late.  THAT cop created a DANGEROUS situation...  And Im not even talking about the road rage driving of that Subarau passing on the right...which is DEFINATELY a DANGEROUS situation...but FROM THE GET GO of the video, there are 5 cars, the cop car in front, one pick up truck on the left side in back of the cop car , one Suburban right beside the pick-up in the right lane, the Subaru in back...and the truck filming the whole thing and if 1 car in that group loses control...just one car losing control in that group...and a MULTIPLE car crash WILL occur...and there is NO REASON FOR THAT as there is LITERALLY NO OTHER CARS IN FRONT OF EITHER THE COP CAR IN THE LEFT LANE NOR THE Suburban.  The Suburban cant pass because he is in the right lane so that leaves the cop car in the left lane... PASS and GET THE PHOQUE OUT OF THE WAY!!!  CAUSING UNNECCESSARY  traffic jams and potential accidents. And that is WITHOUT the mentioning of road raging driving of folks trying to pass in the right lane...        
    • Can't stand the boy racer "Subu" drivers either, but the cop-per was cruising in the left lane holding up traffic which is illegal in most states "Keep Right Except to Pass". You will get pulled over here in AZ for cruising in the left lane, it's there for overtaking slower traffic and you are supposed to get back over to the right once safe to do so. Drivers in the NW are very annoying that way, all the same speed in all lanes. Get going or get over to the right! We don't have entrapment setups here like OR and WA, no traffic cops pulling everyone over doing 5- 8 over the posted limit. Big open smooth freeways 4- 5 lanes wide here, not beat to crap narrow freeways with Prius drivers everywhere "saving the planet" like the NW has. I don't miss the freeways up there at all! 
    • Sounds about right. Sweet Crude hit a hard negative value earlier this quarter for the first time ever. Crazy times we are living in for sure. The CCP will pay big time and already are. 
    • Someone needs to keep you big kids on here in check that's for sure. Running amok!! 😜
    • In 2019 the largest investment in oil refinery was finally allowing gas production to catch up to consumer consumption, then the Pandemic hit and Covid-19 brought people moving about to a halt. With that change and especially here in the US with everyone under shelter in place orders for the last 10 weeks, Electricity has become the biggest cost to a persons budget for the first time ever over oil / gas according to the latest reports from IEA (International Energy Agency) https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1128365_energy-investment-to-drop-20-in-2020-a-turning-point-toward-greening-the-grid Oil amounted to 50% of consumer spending on energy and electricity was 38%. World Wide oil consumption is expected to drop by over $1 Trillion dollars due to the pandemic. Due to a huge consumer change in taste to trucks and SUV's/CUV's auto efficiency took a significant hit in 2019.  Lots of interesting details in this IEA report story. https://www.iea.org/reports/global-energy-review-2020 To quote the story: Global energy demand declined by 3.8% in the first quarter of 2020, with most of the impact felt in March as confinement measures were enforced in Europe, North America and elsewhere. Global coal demand was hit the hardest, falling by almost 8% compared with the first quarter of 2019. Three reasons converged to explain this drop. China – a coal-based economy – was the country the hardest hit by Covid‑19 in the first quarter; cheap gas and continued growth in renewables elsewhere challenged coal; and mild weather also capped coal use. Oil demand was also hit strongly, down nearly 5% in the first quarter, mostly by curtailment in mobility and aviation, which account for nearly 60% of global oil demand. By the end of March, global road transport activity was almost 50% below the 2019 average and aviation 60% below. The impact of the pandemic on gas demand was more moderate, at around 2%, as gas-based economies were not strongly affected in the first quarter of 2020. Renewables were the only source that posted a growth in demand, driven by larger installed capacity and priority dispatch. Electricity demand has been significantly reduced as a result of lockdown measures, with knock-on effects on the power mix. Electricity demand has been depressed by 20% or more during periods of full lockdown in several countries, as upticks for residential demand are far outweighed by reductions in commercial and industrial operations. For weeks, the shape of demand resembled that of a prolonged Sunday. Demand reductions have lifted the share of renewables in the electricity supply, as their output is largely unaffected by demand. Demand fell for all other sources of electricity, including coal, gas and nuclear power. All fuels will be affected: Oil demand could drop by 9%, or 9 mb/d on average across the year, returning oil consumption to 2012 levels. Coal demand could decline by 8%, in large part because electricity demand will be nearly 5% lower over the course of the year. The recovery of coal demand for industry and electricity generation in China could offset larger declines elsewhere. Gas demand could fall much further across the full year than in the first quarter, with reduced demand in power and industry applications. Nuclear power demand would also fall in response to lower electricity demand. Renewables demand is expected to increase because of low operating costs and preferential access to many power systems. Recent growth in capacity, some new projects coming online in 2020, would also boost output.
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