2011 Nissan Quest vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Quest
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

While the Quest shrinks in appeal, the Big Four in minivans have only gotten better for this model year.

The 2011 Honda Odyssey is new, and still the “driver’s” minivan, if such a thing exists.

Its lightning-bolt side styling is a dodgy gimmick, and some options are only available in expensive bundles.

The Sienna comes more reasonably equipped, and its four-cylinder version is a sleeper in this segment.

Both Chrysler minivans have upgraded interiors and a new 280-horsepower V-6 for this year; they’re much improved, if not still a little more utilitarian.

Lastly, the Kia Sedona has a modern drivetrain, at long last, but the interior’s almost as inflexible as the Quest.

2011 Nissan Quest2011 Nissan Quest
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2011 Chrysler Town & Country 4-door Wagon Limited Side Exterior View2011 Chrysler Town & Country
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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
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2011 Honda Odyssey2011 Honda Odyssey
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2011 Kia Sedona 4-door LWB LX Angular Front Exterior View2011 Kia Sedona
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2011 Toyota Sienna 5dr 7-Pass Van V6 FWD (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota Sienna
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Quick Specs
The minivan buyer prizes space, flexibility and efficiency—and the 2011 Nissan Quest has taken steps back on all those fronts.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels—with the old penalty-box trim neatly excised, and a new powertrain spliced into place.
The 2011 Honda Odyssey remains the best-handling of the minivans, with some of the most innovative seating configurations and entertainment features, but it's also the priciest.
The 2011 Toyota Sienna adds room and adult-duty second-row seats, but leaves ultimate flexibility and entertainment to the competition.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Minivans2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD MinivanMinivan - 2WD2WD Minivan
Style Name     
4-Door S4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon Express5-Door LX4-Door LWB LX5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Passenger VanPassenger VanMinivan4 DoorMinivan5 Door Reg WB
Continuously variable ratioAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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