2009 Nissan Quest

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What Changed for 2009:
  • New automatic door locks
  • One new exterior color
Nissan introduced the Quest in 1993. A collaboration with Ford Motor Company, the front-wheel-drive (FWD), 7-passenger minivan was sold by Nissan and rebadged for Mercury to be sold as the Villager minivan. The second-generation Quest arrived in 1999. Like its predecessor, it shared mechanicals with the Villager as it gained a more powerful engine, more refinement and more standard amenities. Unfortunately, its short wheelbase made it less competitive in a segment with the long-wheelbase Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler minivans. Nissan completely redesigned the Quest for the 2004 model year. Only sold under the Nissan brand (and manufactured in Nissan's plant in Mississippi), the all-new, third-generation Quest offered a 3.5-liter engine, long wheelbase, and unconventional center-mounted dashboard. The Quest received a significant facelift in 2007 that redesigned the front fascia and the dashboard. For the 2009 model year, Nissan has only added one new standard feature and a single new color.

Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers the 2009 Nissan Quest during the first 3 years/36,000 miles. A powertrain warranty extends to 5 years/60,000 miles. There is no deductible on either warranty, and towing may be reimbursed if the vehicle is less than 36 months old.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Nissan Quest is offered in four different models: Quest 3.5, Quest 3.5 S, Quest 3.5 SL and Quest 3.5 SE. All models share the same engine, powertrain and dual-sliding-door chassis. The model differences are found in the equipment levels, cosmetics and passenger seating configurations. All versions of the Quest feature power windows, power door locks, keyless entry, cruise control and automatic door locks (a new feature for 2009). The 3.5 S models add equipment such as power sliding doors on the right side, power liftgate, roof rack, and power flip-out quarter windows. The upgraded 3.5 SL models add conveniences such as automatic headlamps, heated outside mirrors, rearview monitor, color 7-inch LCD, and dual-zone climate control. The top-of-the-line 3.5 SE models feature a standard power sliding glass moonroof, heated front seats, and the Digital Bose audio system. The standard wheels are 16-inch steel with wheel covers (standard on base and 3.5 S models). All Quest 3.5 SL models feature 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, while the 3.5 SE models upgrade to standard 17-inch aluminum wheels. Popular packages include the Seat package with flat-folding captain's chairs, the Leather package with a leather-trimmed interior, and the Power package that adds 8-way power driver's seat, power left-hand door, rear sonar system, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

All 2009 Quest minivans are equipped with a version of Nissan's award-winning VQ-series engine. All-aluminum in construction, the 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder dual-overhead cam powerplant is rated at 235 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque on premium fuel. (The Quest can run on regular unleaded, but horsepower and torque will both drop slightly, according to Nissan.) The engine is mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The FWD Quest is offered with standard traction control. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is standard on the range-topping 3.5 SE models only. EPA fuel-economy estimates are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The emissions certification level for the powerplant is 50-state ULEV.

Built with corrosion-resistant and high-strength steel, the unibody platform rides on a completely independent suspension. The front is an independent strut with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a multi-link design with a stabilizer bar. Standard brakes on all models are 4-wheel ventilated discs with anti-lock braking system (ABS). The power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system is engine-speed sensitive with variable boost for more assist during parking maneuvers, and greater road feel at highway speeds, Nissan explains.

All 2009 Quest models are equipped with Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) including dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors. Driver and passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and inflatable air curtains are also standard on all models. All seating positions feature 3-point restraints. The Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system is standard in the second row and the center position of the third row.

The 2004-09 Nissan Quest has been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Quest earned a \"Good\" rating (the highest issued by the Institute) in the frontal offset test overall evaluation. The side-impact test results were also scored \"Good\" (the vehicle tested was equipped with head curtain air bags for all three rows and front-seat-mounted torso air bags). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Nissan Quest received 5 stars (the agency's highest rating) in frontal crash testing for both driver and front passenger, as well as 5-star side-impact scores for both front- and rear-seat occupants. The Quest received 4 stars for rollover resistance from the NHTSA.

The standard audio system in the 2009 Nissan Quest is an AM/FM/CD head unit with 8 speakers. The standard audio system features the Radio Data System (RDS) feature, and an auxiliary audio input jack for external MP3 players. An upgraded version, with an in-dash, 6-changer CD player and upgraded speakers, is standard on the SL model. The top-of-the-line SE models receive a Digital Bose audio system with 10 speakers, including a center channel and Richbass subwoofer. All Quest minivan models may be equipped with a Panasonic DVD entertainment system. This optional package includes a second-row 8-inch screen, DVD player, remote control, two wireless headphones, and auxiliary inputs for video game consoles. A dual-monitor DVD entertainment system is also available. Matching the features in the standard entertainment package, the dual-monitor system includes an additional 8-inch screen located in the third row.


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