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No major innovator, the 2012 Nissan Quest doesn't have many features like the Sienna's wide-screen entertainment system or the Chryslers' streaming TV. In fact, some of the options we'd normally want in a value-oriented minivan are packaged in higher trim levels, and unavailable otherwise.

The base Quest, priced below $30,000, comes with the usual air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD player with a six-CD changer (huh?); and pushbutton start. This model doesn't offer Bluetooth, satellite radio, or a rearview camera, even as an option.

There's not much to distinguish the 2012 Nissan Quest from other minivans, and some of the features we regard as necessities are only available in models costing more than $30,000.

We suggest you move up to the SV--most everyone will, since it has the features regularly found in competing vans. At about $32,000, this Quest comes with power sliding side doors; a USB port and Bluetooth; automatic climate control; a rearview camera; and a 4.3-inch LCD audio display. We're not huge fans of the layout of the audio system. Some controls are grouped under the LCD screen, with the rest bundled down near the gear selector. It's confusing at best, as you must scroll through audio functions up top, and choose radio presets and volume functions down low.

For more than $35,000, the Quest SL gets leather seating and 18-inch wheels; a power tailgate and power passenger front seat; heated front seats; heated mirrors; and automatic headlights. Moving beyond $42,000 for the Quest LE adds on a standard navigation system; satellite radio; power assist for the third-row seat; a DVD entertainment system with a sharp 11-inch screen; blind-spot detectors; and xenon headlights.

The Quest offers few options. The DVD player is available on the SL version, and so is a Bose speaker package. Satellite radio is now offered on mid-line Quests. Dual sunroofs are available on the SL and LE models. Nissan says it has no plans to add more USB ports for 3G-to-WiFi connectivity, and won't offer iPad mounting kits for back-seat passengers.

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