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2006 Nissan Quest Trims

3.5

Avg. Price: $8,854

The base model of the 2006 Nissan Quest minivan is hardly your standard base model. Powered by a 3.5-liter, 240-hp DOHC V6 and 4-speed auto tran and featuring three rows of seats, the 2006 Quest 3.5 comes with cruise control, full power features, a CD player, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, a trip computer, security system, rear window wiper, and a passenger side sliding door. Safety features include ABS brakes, dual front-side and side curtain airbags for all three rows, traction control, a tire monitor, brake assist, and 16-inch tires.

Conveniences abound, with front and overhead consoles, grocery bag and purse hooks, a roof rack and plenty of cupholders scattered about. A two-monitor DVD system is available, as are an auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage opener, and running boards. Optional second row captain's chairs can replace the standard bench. Drivers of the 2006 Nissan Quest 3.5 feel its plenty roomy for a family to spread out and very comfortable. The biggest issue seems to be the gas mileage, which is standard for minivans -- around 19/25 mpg.

3.5 S Special Edition

Avg. Price: $8,489

New this year in the Nissan Quest lineup is the 2006 Quest 3.5S Special Edition minivan. It starts with the base equipment and adds a lot of the standard features from the SL. These include a power passenger sliding door and manual driver's door, a power liftgate, parking sensors, and a 6-CD player. Otherwise, it comes with everything you find on the base model.

Powered by a 3.5-liter, 240-hp V6 mated to a 4-speed automatic, the 2006 Quest 3.5S Special Edition sits on 16-inch tires and has a full array of power features, trip computer, remote entry, wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, front and rear climate control, overhead and center consoles, and a roof rack. There is 149 cubic feet of cargo space with both second row and third row seats folded flat. Safety features add to the solid ride of the 2006 Quest 3.5S Special Edition and include ABS brakes, traction control, dual front airbags, and side curtain bags for every row. A DVD system, navigation system, second row captain's chairs, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a cargo net are some available options.

3.5 SE

Avg. Price: $9,382

The 2006 Nissan Quest 3.5 SE is the top of the line model for the six passenger minivan that can accommodate up to 149-cubic feet of cargo room when the two rear rows are folded flat. The 2006 Quest 3.5 SE comes with the 3.5-liter, 240-hp V6 engine, but is matched to a 5-speed automatic instead of the 4-speed. It also sits on 17-inch alloy wheels. It gets a new front cargo tray and a standard 7-inch monitor for its DVD system.

Safety is contained in the ABS brakes, dual front and side airbags for every row, foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tire monitor, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera, and traction and stability control. Other upgrades include an 8-way driver's and 4-way power passenger seat, driver's memory settings, power sliding doors, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, power sunroof, and the Skyview panels over both rear rows of seats. Four power outlets are convenient for cell phone, laptop, or video game use. There are few options left, but you can get second row captain's chairs, satellite radio, a DVD system, cargo cover, and navigation system. Owners would like lighted steering wheel controls and less rattling. The center-mounted instrument panel is either loved or hated. Everyone appreciates the roominess and comfortable ride of the 2006 Quest 3.5 SE.

3.5 SL

Avg. Price: $9,193

Loads more convenience are added when you step up to the 2006 Nissan Quest 3.5 SL. Though it shares the 240-hp 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine, 4-speed auto tran, and 16-inch wheels with the lower trims, the 2006 Quest 3.5 SL comes with alloy wheels and adds an 8-way power driver's seat and power adjustable pedals to the full power set already standard in this front-wheel drive minivan. An auto-dimming mirror and rear audio controls are other standard features not found in the base or S trims.

Dual sliding doors are standard -- one power and one manual, opening onto three rows of seats. New this year is a front cargo tray and optional rearview camera. Convenience features include a power liftgate, roof rack, cruise control, front and rear wipers, dual-zone climate control, a trip computer, and wheel-mounted audio controls. The 2006 Quest 3.5 SL comes with a lot more options, including a sunroof, 6-CD changer, DVD player, navigation system, satellite radio, the Skyview panels, 19-inch tires, heated leather seats, second row captain's chairs, and dual power sliding doors. Safety is solid with dual front airbags and side curtain bags for each row. Traction control and ABS are standard, and stability control is offered on the 2006 Quest 3.5 SL. Owners love the styling, room, and long list of features. But the Quest also suffers from a lot of repair issues, cheap interior materials, and low gas mileage.