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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
Among the faster minivans
Big, powerful, and quirky
taut suspension tuning
Although it isn't a sportscar, the 2008 Nissan Quest is a family vehicle that supplies enough performance to get the job done. Not only does it have the power necessary to drive many passengers wherever they need to be, but it maintains fairly responsive steering at highway speeds and has modest body lean in turns.
Edmunds believes that the Nissan Quest's "chief strengths lie in its performance and handling," noting its 235-horsepower, 3.5-liter, V-6 provides "peppy acceleration" and "plenty of punch." This is why Motor Trend calls the 2008 Nissan Quest "Big, powerful, and quirky," and why Cars.com states that its engine "delivers strong around-town performance." ConsumerGuide likes the transmission's performance, stating that the Nissan 2008 Quest's "transmission upshifts smoothly and downshifts promptly for additional passing power." Cars.com also believes that the transmission performs well, particularly in city travel, stating, "it's only when you need to pass quickly while driving at highway speeds that the engine feels somewhat taxed."
The CarConnection.com reviewers find that the Nissan Quest 2008 model is not a gas-saver, averaging 20.5 mpg on mostly highway driving in a road test performed by ConsumerGuide: "Quest is among the larger minivans, so it's less car-like to drive than some rivals." This is very similar to the EPA's estimates of 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway. An added pitfall to the high gas consumption is Nissan's recommendation of premium fuel for the Nissan 2008 Quest, meaning an even harder hit to a buyer's pocketbook. Cars.com makes this point as well and lists fuel economy on their tester at 18/25 mpg.
Cars.com notes "taut suspension tuning" of the Nissan Quest, which leads to a better ride that isn't harsh, as some larger vehicles can be, particularly SUVs. This is a point of disagreement for some reviewers, however, because MyRide.com points out that the "hard run-flat tires add an odd harshness to the ride." The only downside is that it is a large vehicle, so corners won't feel like they would in a small car, and Edmunds calls the 2008 Quest "light on its feet."
Ultimately, the 2008 Nissan Quest isn't a fun-to-drive vehicle, but it more than meets the performance needs of anyone who requires a minivan.