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Without the fold-flat seats of past versions, the 2011 Nissan Quest loses out on the size and comfort battle.
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To ease access through the rear doors, engineers fashioned a purposeful ledge that effectively lowers step-in height to just 15.7 inches.
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The seats are not removable, so cargo gets loaded on top of the seat backs and the seats don’t all touch when they are folded down, so the vehicle doesn’t quite have a perfectly flat and even floor to load objects onto.

Nissan's approach is much more convenient, but it does compromise overall cargo volume as the folded seats take up space.

The Quest’s narrower width makes row three a tight squeeze for a trio of adults, but the same space in the Sienna or Odyssey hardly feels like business class, either.
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Instead of disappearing seats, Nissan built both rows of carpet-backed seats to squish slightly and fold completely flat to provide a flat floor without any seat removal.
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Downsizing hasn't been kind to the Quest. With all the change sweeping around it, the minivan has gone from big to small, from an all-around winner to more of a one-track mind.

With a 118.1-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 200.8 inches, the Quest doesn't seem too far off the big numbers posted by the other minivans. The interior volume tells the story: the Quest is now the smallest minivan of all, by a good measure. Its seats can be folded down but can't be removed, and that shaves valuable cubic feet off its spec sheet.

In front, the Quest has ample room for adults, and easy The Quest has 36.7 inches of second-row legroom--that number shows whether four adults will be comfortable in any minivan--while the Chryslers are a fraction smaller, and everything else at least a couple of inches more spacious. Dual sliding side doors are standard, but the openings are considerably more narrow than on any other minivan on the market, making it much more difficult to get in and out than in other vans.

Cargo volume puts the Quest far in back of the pack. It has about 35 cubic feet behind its third-row seats, 64 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 108 cubic feet with the second row folded. The next Kia Sedona has folding second-row seats like the Quest—but still offers up 32 cubic feet, 80 cubic feet, and 142 cubic feet of space. The Chryslers have their class-leading, fold-in-the-floor seats on some models—and with them, they can boast of 33 cubic feet, 83 cubic feet and 144 cubic feet, respectively. The humongous Sienna has 39 cubic feet, 87 cubic feet, and as much as 150 cubic feet of space with the second-row seats folded up and the third row tucked away, respectively. The Odyssey has 38 cubic feet, a vast 93 cubic feet, and 149 cubic feet of space behind the respective rows.

The Quest simply feels smaller inside, and the higher load floor and fixed seats are the reason. At least its seats fold easily, thanks to levers and pull straps--though on some models, the power assist for the third-row seat stops short of raising the seat all the way. Oddly, it gives up at the vertical position, leaving owners to use a cloth strap to finish the job.

Other compromises are less significant. The Quest does without an eighth seating position, like the ones found in the Odyssey and Sienna. It also omits a telescoping steering wheel, though the driver's close, high seating position makes up for it, mostly. It offers up 16 cup and bottle holders, though the pop-out pair under the radio are big enough only for cans.


Without the fold-flat seats of past versions, the 2011 Nissan Quest loses out on the size and comfort battle.

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