It’s been 7 years since Nissan came out with the original Quest and it was overdue for a redesign. They’ve had a history of having forward-thinking design with their minivans—no stuffy styling here. And the Nissan engineers have continued in that tradition with sporty styling that says “Outta my way!” I’ll be honest: I wasn’t all that impressed with the appearance of the 2011 Quest by what I saw on their website. It was very 2-dimensional (and yes, I’m aware they haven’t come out with a 3-D home computer yet ), even as I dragged the slider around to spin the virtual van every which way and back. I just didn’t see the lines that were supposedly there. So, first impressions were dim.
But, I was excited to get away—an overnight mini-vacation in an awesome hotel—L’Auberge Del Mar! For the rest of the journalists there covering the “ride,” it was yet another day away from home. I don’t get out much evidently. When my driver pulled up in front of the hotel, there was a Quest parked right there in front for all guests to see. I was impressed! It looked *so* much nicer in person than on the website. It looks small, but the length is within a half-inch of the new Sienna. Perhaps it’s the shininess that caught my eye, the newness. It is a very different-looking van from all the competition, and that is what Nissan is known for doing with the styling on its mini-vans.