With a new sophisticated appearance, highly versatile interior with new features, comfortable ride and responsive, car-like handling and revised suspension, the 2001 Nissan Quest is among the leaders in the import-brand minivan segment with enhanced safety, comfort and convenience.
Like the first generation, the four-door second-generation 2001 Quest offers an exceptional combination of minivan utility – including seven-passenger seating and flexible cargo space – and sedan-like comfort, performance, safety and amenities.
Among the changes for the 2001 model year are the addition of a new front fascia with new headlamp and front combination lamp lenses, new grille, new front fog lamps (SE), new rear finisher and rear combination lamp lenses, a standard rear stabilizer bar for the GXE (a rear stabilizer bar is also standard on SE and GLE), new suspension tuning for SE models including acceleration sensitive strut valving and strut tower brace, 16-inch alloy wheels on GXE (up from 15-inch), new 16-inch alloy wheel designs for SE and GLE, and the addition of three new exterior colors.
Inside, Quest offers new gauge and control layouts, new seat fabric for GXE and SE models, heated front seats (GLE, SE with leather package), standard 130-watt Super Sound system on SE and GLE, new message center with outside temperature display, available cloth power memory seat on SE, and improved interior content on GLE, including an in-dash 6 CD changer, rear cargo shelf and wood and leather wrapped steering wheel.
Also new for 2001 is a factory-installed Family Entertainment System (FES) with a ceiling-mounted 6.4-inch LCD screen, concealed video cassette player and rear seat remote control, which is available in all models without sunroofs. A traditional floor-mounted video entertainment system, previously available in the 2000 Quest, is optional on SE and GLE Quests with the Sunroof Package.
“The changes made to the 2001 Quest, like the Family Entertainment System and numerous interior improvements have made the ideal family vehicle even better,” said Bill Kirrane, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “At the same time, the new Quest’s look and handling improvements add excitement for the Quest driver.”
Exterior and Interior Design
Building on Nissan’s fun-to-drive heritage, the sophisticated Quest features a “tailored,” polished look inside and out. Quest was styled at Nissan Design International, Inc. (NDI) in La Jolla, Calif., creators of the original Quest and 1999 major redesign, the new 2000 Sentra, Xterra and Maxima, Altima and Infiniti J30.
The stylish Quest interior was designed to offer car-like amenities and generous usable space. One of the many innovations available in the Quest interior is the multi-adjustable, rear cargo area Quest Smart Shelf, which can quickly be adjusted to create separate compartments for strollers, grocery bags and other items. A built-in mesh net helps secure the items on the shelf. The Quest Smart Shelf, a category first, was conceived at NDI’s unique “Design Context Lab,” a research team that observes owners interacting with their vehicles – rather than just talking about them.
The 2001 Quest continues to feature the popular QUEST TRAC® Flexible Seating System, which allows second-row seating to be easily removed and the third-row slid forward or back as needed on integrated rails. Up to 24 different configurations are available with the bench seat and 66 with the second-row captain’s chairs. Optional in GXE is a second row bench seat with integrated child seats and machine-washable seat cushions.
The Quest’s contemporary design maximizes interior space through use of “human touches,” including intuitive placement of cupholders and storage compartments, a cargo net between the front seats and the use of luxury features such as available dual position memory driver’s seat and outside mirrors and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver garage door opener system. In total, there are up to 31 storage areas throughout the cabin, including room for coins, cups and CDs.
For 2001, a Super Sound 7-speaker 130-watt AM/FM/cassette/CD dual media audio system with the radio data system (RDS) and steering wheel audio controls is standard on SE and GLE Quests. GXE Quests come standard with a 6-speaker 80-watt AM/FM/cassette dual media RDS audio system with optional CD and steering wheel audio controls.
The front-wheel drive Quest’s standard 3.3-liter SOHC V6 engine produces 170 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque. The engine is mated to a standard 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission.
The engine features numerous advanced technologies that reduce friction, maintenance costs and weight while improving efficiency and performance – including microfinished crankshaft and camshaft, integrated ignition coil, composite intake manifold and stainless steel exhaust.
Braking is provided by a power-assisted 3-channel/4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), especially useful on split traction surfaces. Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is standard on all 2001 Quest models.
Quest features a subframe-mounted front independent MacPherson strut/coil spring suspension with stabilizer bar and a beam axle/leaf spring rear suspension. The rear leaf springs offer a one-piece design for reduced weight and friction. For 2001, a rear stabilizer bar is standard on all models. Suspension on SE models has been heavily revised, with the emphasis on handling and stability. New, larger front and rear stabilizer bars combine with a front strut tower brace and acceleration-sensitive strut design (technology first introduced on the 2000 Altima) to emphasize the Quest SE’s sporty character and ride.
Safety and Security
Every Quest meets 2001 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for passenger cars (except privacy glass). New on all Quests for 2001 are front seat belt pre-tensioners. Other standard equipment includes dual front supplemental air bags, three-point outboard seat belts in second and third rows, optional integrated second-row child seats (bench seat), energy absorbing steering column, front crumple zones, hood buckling creases and safety stops, pipe-style steel side-door guard beams and knee bolsters.
An automatic on/off headlight system (standard on GLE, optional on SE Leather Package) can be set to sense low light levels and automatically turn on the Quest’s headlights. It can also provide up to 2.5 minutes of illumination after the headlights are turned off, which comes in handy in a variety of situations including dark garages and parking lots.
For 2001, the new Quest is offered in three well-equipped models, the fully-equipped GXE, luxurious GLE, and sporty SE.
The innovative multi-adjustable Quest Smart Shelf is standard on Quest GLE and available as part of the GXE Comfort Plus Package and SE Convenience Package. Other available packages include the Audio Upgrade Package (GXE, SE), Sunroof Package (SE, GLE) and SE Leather Package.
Quest is offered in a choice of two interior, six exterior colors and six two-tone exterior combinations. Three new colors for 2001 include Bermuda Blue, Smoked Silver (as part of a two tone combination) and Windsor Blue (as part of a two-tone combination).
Design and Manufacturing
The all-American Quest, in addition to being designed by NDI, was engineered in North America through the facilities of Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills, Mich., Torrance, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz. Major body components are produced at Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant, with final assembly provided by Ford Motor Company at Avon Lake, Ohio.