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Nissan Announces Updates to 2012 Quest

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author photo by Jeffrey Archer October 2011

With its slightly revised 2012 Quest soon to arrive at dealerships nationwide, Nissan recently announced updates to the minivan, which entered its fourth generation as a 2011 model. In addition to releasing pricing for the new model year, Nissan also revealed minor trim changes and the addition of a new exterior color to the van's palette.

Of course, minivan shoppers considering the Quest are likely interested in any pricing updates for 2012. While most automakers increase prices annually to keep up with production costs and inflation, Nissan held Quest pricing mostly steady for the new model year. Although mid-level 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL trim levels jump $150 over 2011 versions to start at $31,050 and $34,500 respectively, base-level 3.5 S and upscale 3.5 LE models retain their respective 2011 starting prices of $27,750 and $41,350.

But the price increases of Nissan's mid-level Quest models were not without merit. For 2012, the automaker added standard XM satellite radio to its 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL models - a major benefit compared to previous versions, where the feature was only available as part of the $1,300 Bose Package. Nissan also announced the welcome addition of a black exterior color, dubbed Super Black, to the Quest's color list for 2012. Previously, the minivan's darkest exterior shade was a deep blue-gray color dubbed Twilight Gray.

Now approaching the end of its first year on the U.S. market, the Quest has seen moderate success among heavy competition. Through September, Nissan sold just over 8,500 units of the Quest nationwide - a small number compared to rivals like the Toyota Sienna, which recorded nearly 100,000 sales in the same period, but still a respectable figure for a new challenger in a crowded segment.

The Quest's standard features include curtain side airbags, an in-dash, six-disc CD changer, three-row seating, keyless starting and a continuously-variable automatic transmission capable of more than 20 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.

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