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2012 Nissan Quest

The 2012 Nissan Quest is more than just another standard minivan – it's a new take on innovation for the family. From its bold styling with full surround glass to its extensive list of family friendly features and innovations, Quest 'gets' parenting better than any other minivan. Key features include one-touch power sliding doors, fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, Advanced Climate Control System, and an always-available rear storage. Enhancements to the fourth generation design include standard XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) on Quest SV and SL models, and one new exterior color – Super Black.

'While minivans remain one of the most maligned symbols of adulthood, where some see them as a surrendering of youth and fun, Nissan sees the minivan as a celebration of family life – not only for moms on weekdays, but for fun times with the entire family on weekends,' said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. 'We view Quest as a reward to parents for doing just that – parenting.'

Designed with purpose inside and out, Quest offers functionality, unique styling and comfort for all occupants. Among the 2012 Quest's available 'Innovation for Family' design features are: •A sophisticated, modern exterior and interior design that provides a fresh approach to the minivan segment – including a 'fluid sculpture' body with full surround glass treatment
•One-touch power sliding side doors that easily unlock and open with a single touch, even with arms and hands full of groceries
•Dual Opening glass moonroofs (two), providing refreshing breezes to front and rear occupants when open
•2nd row power windows
•Standard Fold-Flat 2nd and 3rd row seats to make a flat load floor, and available 3rd row power-return seatback on LE
•Quick Comfort heated front seats with advanced staged heating system design
•Removable 2nd row console with cupholders and lid
•Always-available large, covered Permanent Rear Storage Well
•Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) intelligent HVAC system with Plasmacluster™ air purifier, Grape Polyphenol Filter and auto recirculation
•Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system and RearView Monitor
•Conversation mirror, which helps enhance visibility and conversation with children in the 2nd and 3rd rows
•Standard 2nd and 3rd row theater seating with available large rear 11-inch color monitor and auto bright function
•Easy maneuverability, with small turning radius and front triangle windows for enhanced visibility
•Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy Fill Tire Alert, which alerts you when proper tire inflation is reached
'Quest was conceived to provide smart prioritization, fulfilling the traditional, often child-centric needs of everyday life, but also the more emotional aspects of personal style, driving pleasure and unforgettable family vacations,' said Castignetti. 'It's designed to mirror the multi-purpose comfort and warmth of a home's ‘great room' and lets you take it along on the road.'

Innovative Functionality
The Nissan Quest's 'innovative functionality' starts with the proven foundation of Nissan's advanced 'D-platform,' which is also utilized on the current Nissan Maxima and Altima sedans, as well as the popular Murano crossover SÚV. With its long 118.1-inch wheelbase and 200.8-inch overall length, Quest offers both a roomy interior and a highly maneuverable overall size.

The Quest exterior styling combines fluid sculptural elements with crafted details to provide a fresh approach to minivan design. In front, the bold bumper and horizontal grille and headlights blend into the dramatic side character line and distinctive wheel forms filled with standard 16-inch or 18-inch wheels.

The bold door sections and surfaces flow seamlessly into the rear 'boomerang' taillights and tailgate finisher, helping create a look as if Quest was carved from one solid piece of sculptor's stone.

2012 Nissan QuestThe most striking aspect of the Quest design, however, is the full surround privacy glass, black sash molding and chrome trim accents, which combine with the wide, low stance and muscular front end to give Quest the most dynamic and distinctive appearance in class. The Quest exterior design is also one of the most wind-efficient, with a 0.32 Cd for the Quest S model.

In addition to standard chrome door handles, rear roof spoiler and chrome license plate finisher, available exterior features include High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, auto on/off headlight function, fog lights, and dual power heated outside mirrors. Quest also features small triangle windows in the front doors to help enhance visibility. Available on Quest SL and LE models are Dual Opening Glass Moonroofs that contribute to the open, airy atmosphere of the Quest interior for all passengers.

Quest is offered with power sliding side doors with selective unlock function and one-touch open/unlock feature and power-opening windows. The system works in conjunction with the standard Nissan Intelligent Key™. Also, due to the way the Quest's door rail system is designed, the sliding door step-in height is lower than competitive minivans. This is especially helpful for small children or older adults getting into the 2nd or 3rd rows. In addition, a one-touch unlock/open power rear liftgate is standard on Quest SL and LE models.

The easy-to-use convenience also carries over into the interior design with the quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats. The 60/40-split 3rd row seat can be switched from upright to fold-flat position with the simple pull of one strap (Quest S, SV and SL) or push of a button (Quest LE). The LE model also includes 3rd row power return seatback. A spring assist aids the manual fold and return operation. The 2nd row bucket seats also feature easy-fold/return operation, and there is a standard 2nd row walk-in device for easier access to the 3rd row.

Quest's permanent rear storage well provides a large, flexible space behind the 3rd row seat, offering a hidden, additional cargo area for bulky items. The storage area is independent of the fold flat 3rd row seat – so it's always there when you need it – and is covered by a lightweight but sturdy 60/40-split multi-position removable cover.

'In real world use, you need to account for the spontaneity factor – one minute you are dropping off the kids at sports practice, the next you're unexpectedly running to the warehouse store to pick up cases of beverages and snacks. The 2012 Quest transitions from passenger to cargo vehicle and back with ease. No removing bulky 2nd or 3rd row seats, no having to move items from a storage area to fit the seats, and no having to plan your activities around the configuration of your vehicle's interior that particular day,' said Castignetti.

Interior comfort and convenience features are also designed for flexibility and functionality. The driver's seat is a 6-way manual adjustment design for S and SV models, and 8-way power-adjustable for SL and LE trim levels. The passenger seat is 4-way adjustable on S, SV, and SL and 4-way power on LE. Rich cloth seat fabric is standard on S and SV, while leather-appointed seats are standard on SL and LE models. Quest LE also features a 2-driver memory and auto entry/exit system.

Únique Quest front seating features include a special 'trilaminar' structure, which uses three types of cushions to distribute body pressure more evenly than traditional padding, and the first application of Nissan's Quick Comfort front seat heaters (SL and LE models). When activated, this sophisticated system immediately begins warming the body parts that are most sensitive to heat, such as the thighs and hips. Then, to maintain a warm, cozy feeling, the heater increases heating on body pressure points.

Quest's theater-style interior layout with raised 2nd and 3rd rows provides occupants with excellent visibility and a good view of the available 11-inch WVGA family entertainment system display monitor. The comfortable 2nd row Captain's Chair style seats include dual armrests, recline, and fore/aft adjustability, while the 3rd row 60/40-split bench includes recline and 3-way adjustable headrests.

A total of six cupholders and six bottle holders are standard, along with four coat hangers and two 12-volt DC outlets. The dual-level front center console offers flexible storage, as does the removable 2nd row console. An overhead front console is standard on SL and LE models.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 260 hp
Torque: 240 ft-lbs

Quest's wide instrument panel includes a 4.3-inch color audio display on SV and SL models, with an 8-inch touch screen display for LE models with the standard Nissan Navigation System. The hard drive-based navigation system includes a user-friendly graphic interface, menu structure and intelligent search capabilities, XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather™ (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and Zagat Survey© Restaurant Guide.

One of the most innovative technologies is the Quest LE's standard Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster™ air purifier, Grape Polyphenol Filter and auto recirculation control. The system works three ways to help reduce allergens and unwanted odors within the Quest cabin. Its automatic intake control utilizes sensors to constantly monitor outside odors and automatically closes the intake port to prevent inflow of exhaust fumes or other unpleasant smells into the interior. It then restores fresh airflow automatically when the offensive odors have passed.

The ACCS also employs a Grape Polyphenol Filter to help reduce the number of harmful allergens in the interior air. Finally, an advanced Plasmacluster™ purifier generates ions to 'scrub' the interior air of unwanted odors – whether they come from outside or inside the vehicle.

2012 Nissan QuestQuest SV, SL and LE models feature a Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control system, while Quest S models include manual temperature control. A range of audio systems is also available, starting with the Quest S model's AM/FM/6CD system with four speakers. A Bose® premium audio system with AM/FM/CD/DVD and 13 speakers (including dual subwoofers) is standard on Quest LE and available on SL models. A ÚSB port with iPod® connectivity is standard on SV models and above.

One other Quest item helps parents make a connection with passengers in the rear seats, the Conversation Mirror. Available on SV, SL and LE models, the wide yet compact mirror folds down from the area about the rearview mirror (replacing the sunglass holder), providing the driver with added visibility and convenient communication with children in the 2nd and 3rd rows, without having to turn their head or constantly adjust the rearview mirror. A RearView Monitor, which provides a view of objects behind the Quest when the gear selector is in reverse, is standard on SV, SL and LE models.

Innovation for Driving Security and Pleasure
Dynamic performance is a hallmark of Nissan vehicles and the 2012 Quest is no exception. Quest's top-level quality and reliability starts with use of a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 with 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, part of Nissan's award-winning VQ engine series. Fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg City/24 mpg Highway.

The engine incorporates a twin Nissan Variable Induction Control System (NICS), microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated valve lifters, resin intake manifold, forged crankshaft, digital knock control system, high capacity muffler and lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads. Backing the engine is Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), which provides a responsive driving experience and the smoothness that only a CVT offers.

The Quest's secure, responsive handling feel is provided by the 4-wheel independent suspension, with independent strut with coil springs and stabilizer bar in front and a multi-link design in rear. Braking is through 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Steering is a vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion design.

Quest S and SV models come with 16-inch wheels (aluminum-alloy on SV) with P225/65R16 all-season tires, while Quest SL and LE models feature 18-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheels and P235/65R18 all-season tires.

Quest's standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) includes a segment-first application of Nissan's Easy Fill Tire Alert. When filling the tires with air, the hazard lamps flash to let you know the system is working. When the correct pressure is reached, Quest will give a friendly beep of the horn. On Quest LE, the tire pressures for each wheel can be viewed on the 8' VGA Navigation display.

As part of Nissan's 'Safety Shield' concept, Quest is designed to incorporate a number of advanced safety systems. Standard on the Quest LE model is the advanced Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system, which helps alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot by illuminating an indicator light in the appropriate outside mirror. If the driver then activates the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds.

Every 2012 Quest also offers standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Also standard are a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain supplemental side-impact air bags for front-and rear-seat occupant head protection, front-seat Active Head Restraints and child safety rear door locks.

Four Well-Equipped Quest Models
The 2012 Nissan Quest is offered in four models: S, SV, SL and LE. Seven exterior colors are available: Twilight Gray, Dark Mahogany, Titanium Beige, Brilliant Silver, Platinum Graphite, Super Black and White Pearl. Two interior colors are offered, Beige and Grey, in a choice of cloth (S and SV) or leather-appointed (SL and LE) seating.

The Quest S starts with 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers; rear roof spoiler; 6-way adjustable driver's seat; front door map pockets, wood-tone trim (instrument panel, front doors, and sliding door window switch); fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, permanent rear storage well; 1st and 2nd row center consoles; Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Ignition; and AM/FM/6CD audio system with four speakers.

Quest SV adds one-touch power sliding doors; 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Tri-Zone Auto Temperature Control; six speakers; fog lights; Conversation Mirror; 4.3-inch color audio display; ÚSB port with iPod® connectivity; Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with steering wheel controls; RearView Monitor; and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

For buyers seeking a higher level of luxury features, Quest SL includes leather-appointed seating and door trim; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; power liftgate; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat; Quick Comfort heated front seats; HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver; auto-dimming inside mirror with compass; roof rails; auto on/off headlights; leather-wrapped shift knob; and heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Finally, Quest LE: Nissan features Navigation System; Bose® Audio System with 13 speakers; XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately); memory system for driver's seat and outside mirrors; auto tilt-in-reverse outside mirrors; 2nd and 3rd row manual blinds; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat; 8-inch VGA color display (dash mounted); DVD Entertainment System with two wireless headphones and remote control; rear 11-inch 16:9 aspect ratio display for DVD Entertainment; Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with auto recirculation feature; Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system; and High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights.

Only three option packages are offered: DVD Entertainment System (SL); Dual Opening Glass Moonroofs (SL and LE); and Bose® Package (SL).

Source - Nissan
A re-badged version of the Mercury Villager until 2002, the Nissan Quest is a minivan produced by Nissan that would be more upscale in comparison to the offerings at the time. The Quest debuted during the '92 North American International Auto Show was a new model designed together by Ford and Nissan.. The Quest was produced by Ford Motors from 1993 until 2002 and Nissan took over production in 2004.

The first generation Quest was produced in 1993 until 1998 and featured seating for seven and had second row bench that could be removed to slide the rear seats forward. A successor to the Axxess; which sold in the U.S. in 1990 only and in Canada from 1990 until 1995, the Quest was made by Nissan to compete in the minivan segment. Replacing the rear-wheel drive Vanette which was discontinued in 1990, the Quest was powered by Nissan's 3.0 L VG30E SOHC engine which produced 151 hp and 182 lb/ft of torque. Before agreeing to use the VG30E in the Villager and the Quest, Ford required that Nissan implement some design changes, one of these being that the engine was to be modified to 'become a non-interference or free-running engine'. (This was there would be damage to the valves if the timing belt broke.) The addition of an oil level sensor and relocation of the oil filter assembly for better access were additional updates required by Ford.

The Nissan Quest was available as XE or GXE models and this generation was produced at Ford's Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Due to manufacturing issues, Nissan arranged with Ford to assemble the minivans in North America and in turn they were alloyed to rebadge it and sell it under the Mercury brand as the Village. Numerous interior parts, including the power window controls, the radio and heater controls were adapted from Ford and were very similar to the Ford Aerostar. The minivan shared the modified version of the VG30E from the U11, and early J30 Maximas, along with the 4-speed automatic transmission from the Maxima. Unfortunately the Quest engine seems to have a crucial flaw in the crankshafts, as they break at the front stub. Around 1995 the diameter was increased from 25 to 27 mm. The Quest differs from the Villager with a different side trim, front and rear bumpers, taillights and grille. For 1994 the Quest received a driver's side airbag and the passenger airbag was added in 1996. Changes were made to the front and rear fascia's that same year along with the elimination of the motorized shoulder belts and headlights and tail lamps.

In 1999 the second generation of the Nissan Quest was unveiled as a re-branded version of the Mercury Villager. This generation lasted until 2002 and featured a few updates from the previous generation that included a more aerodynamic look, a longer wheelbase and a driver's side sliding door. The minivan also received a power boost through the 3.3 L VG33E SOHC engine which now produced 171 hp and featured 200 lb/ft of torque. The GXE was moved up as the base model as the XE trim was discontinued and two new trim levels were introduced to the Quest. The GLE was the new top of the line trim, and SE was the sport model. This Quest model became the first Nissan minivan to feature 4 doors since the '95 Nissan Axxess.

For 2001 the Quest received various updates which included front and rear styling and new alloy wheels on all models. The GXE received a rear stabilizer bar and the SE now featured acceleration-sensitive strut valving and a strut tower brace.

In 2004 the third generation of the Nissan Quest was debuted and unlike the prior two generations, this model wasn't a re-branded Mercury Villager but a brand new minivan. Uniquely styled, the 04 Quest featured a large moonroof and had all-new placement of the dashboard. Standard on the Quest SE and GLE models were all new interior gauges and fabrics and also a 130-watt sound system. The luxurious GLE models received an in-dash six-CD changer and a wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel. Replacing the floor-mounted model was an optional overhead family entertainment system, though it could still be specified for sunroof equipped SEs and GLEs. Pretensioners were given to front seatbelts.

Featuring more cargo space than the previous generation, the '01 Quest was slightly longer in length. For 02 Quest wasn't sold in Canada and wouldn't return until the third generation model in 2004. By the end of this second generation, both Toyota and Honda marketed solely long-wheelbase minivans. For the 2003 model year no Quest models were marketed.

The third generation of the Nissan Quest was redesigned for the 2004 model year following the '02 discontinuation of the Mercury Villager. Using previous-generation Nissan Altima and Maxima platform; FF-L, the Quest was slightly longer than the Chrysler long-wheelbase minivans. With this third generation, production was moved to a new plant in Canton, Mississippi. Also powered by the same 3.5 K VQ35DE engine from the Maxima and Altima, the Quest produced 240hp and features 242 lb/ft of torque.

The minivan sports a flat folding rear bench and two middle chairs that fold nearly flat into the floor in 2004. This generation also features an unusual moonroof glass arrangement and space for 2 DVD screens with aux input. The SE models features side front airbags, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), curtain airbags for all rows, dual power doors, power rear hatch, Traction Control, Bose audio with RDS and folding second row seats, rear backup sensors and dual climate control. For the 2007 model Nissan redesigned the dashboard and the front grille and also relocated the DVD player from under the front passenger seat to the IP stack.

Issuing a statement that it needed room at the Canton plant for production of a commercial vehicle the Quest didn't return for the 2010 model year. The fourth generation of the Quest was debuted in 2011 and production took place at the Shatai Kyushu plant in Japan. On a current platform shared with the Nissan Elgrand, the Quest is powered by Nissan's 3.5L VQ series engine with 260 hp. Trying to avoid the 'tall skinny' look of Japanese vans the USDM version has an extra full 5 inches of width, and front wheel drive is standard. Debuted at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the Quest went on sale in North America as a 2011 model.

By Jessica Donaldson
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