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2008 Nissan Quest Trims

Base

Avg. Price: $12,404

As the base model in this minivan lineup, the 2008 Nissan Quest Base actually comes well-equipped. A sliding manual door opens onto three rows of seats, with front and second row captain's chairs and a third row bench (the second and third row are optional on the Base and cost extra). Total capacity is seven. Full power features, remote entry, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls for the CD/MP3 player, front and rear climate control, a security system, and a trip computer and tachometer are all standard on the front-wheel-drive Base. Intermittent front wipers and a rear wiper are included, and there are power outlets located in the front and second row and in the cargo area.

The cargo area holds 32 cubic feet with all rows up. The third row folds flat into the floor and the second row folds nearly flat, for a total of 146 cubic feet of storage. A roof rack is standard for more storage, and a cargo organizer and cover can be added. Grocery hooks on seatbacks, a front storage console, and overhead console add versatility. A 3.5-liter, 235-hp DOHC V6 with variable valve timing is matched to a 5-speed automatic and gets 18/25 mpg. Riding on 16-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, the 2008 Quest Base earns five stars in front and side impact tests thanks to traction control, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, dual front, side impact, and side curtain airbags, and a tire monitor. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is optional. Other options are a remote garage opener, compass, running boards and splash guards, and a DVD player with wireless headsets.

S

Avg. Price: $11,918

Since the Base is so well equipped, you get only a few more safety and convenience features with the 2008 Nissan Quest S. This front-wheel-drive minivan adds standard rear parking sensors, which help with backing up. Along with 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, 16-inch wheels with all-season tires, a tire monitor, and dual front and curtain airbags for all rows, these add up to five stars in crash tests for the 2008 Quest S. Side impact airbags for the front seat are newly standard this year. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is optional. The engine remains a 3.5-liter, 235-hp DOHC V6, coupled with a 5-speed automatic. Acceleration can be sluggish for this 5,800-pound minivan, but with the optional towing package, it can haul nearly 3,500 pounds.

The 2008 Quest S comes standard with only front seats. Second-row captain's chairs and a third-row bench are optional. Upgrading to the S gets you dual sliding doors, one manual and one power-operated. The second row folds, while the third row folds flat into the floor with new auto-fold headrests. Cargo capacity starts at 32 cubic feet and expands to 146. An organizer and cover cost extra, but tie-downs are included. So is a standard roof rack, which can be supplemented with optional cross bars.

Power windows, locks, and mirrors, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, remote entry, a trip computer, security system, tachometer, front and rear climate control, and tilt steering are standard. The 2008 Quest S improves the sound system to an 8-speaker 6-CD player with MP3 input. Other conveniences include intermittent front wipers and a rear wiper, three rows of cupholders and power outlets, and seatback hooks. More options for the S include an 8-way power driver's seat. This joins other options, such as a DVD player, compass, garage opener, and running boards.

SE

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Avg. Price: $13,218

There are few changes to the 2008 Nissan Quest SE, the top-end offering for this front-wheel-drive minivan. It gets side impact airbags for all three rows and automatic folding headrests in the third row.

Like the other trims, it comes standard only with front seats, but second-row folding captain's chairs and a fold-flat third-row bench can be added. There are cupholders for all rows and dual power sliding doors and a power liftgate for various access points. Tie-downs are standard in the 32 cubic foot cargo area, which expands to 146 with all seats down. A roof rack is also standard, along with a tow package and cargo cover.

Under the hood is a 235-hp, 3.5-liter DOHC V6 and 5-speed automatic that delivers 18/25 mpg. The 2008 Quest SE adds foglights and stability control to the already standard 4-wheel ABS brakes, traction control, dual front-side airbags, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, backup sensors, rearview camera, and tire monitor for the larger 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. Other upgrades include a standard SkyView sunroof with two rear skylight panels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 4-way power passenger seat and 8-way power driver's seat, memory settings for the driver and all mirrors, power heated mirrors that reverse-fold for a better view when backing up, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Bose sound system for the 6-CD player with MP3 jack, and a charcoal air filter.

These join already existing features like power windows and locks, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a trip computer, remote garage opener, security system, and intermittent front wipers and a rear window wiper. A good question would be, are there any options left? Only a few, including a navigation system, DVD player with wireless headsets, rear audio controls, and cargo accessories such as an organizer and cover. Splash guards and cross bars for the roof rack are also available.

SL

Avg. Price: $12,600

Moving up to the more luxurious 2008 Nissan Quest SL gets you a lot more safety features and extra interior conveniences in this stylish seven-seater front-wheel-drive minivan. New additions for 2008 include a standard rearview camera, automatic headlights, and dual-zone climate control. Powered by the same 3.5-liter, 235-hp DOHC V6 and 5-speed automatic as the other trims, the 2008 Quest SL also adds backup sensors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror to what you get on the S. Other safety features include 16-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and a tire monitor, traction control, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats.

Also standard on the 2008 Quest SL are dual power sliding doors for access to the rear rows and a power liftgate. Second-row captain's chairs recline and can be removed. They don't fold completely flat, but the third row does, with new automatic folding headrests. Cargo capacity starts at 32 cubic feet and expands to 146 cubic feet with all seats down, and a roof rack is included. A tow package adds the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Full power features include remote entry, and the SL adds an 8-way power driver's seat. Standard on the 2008 Quest SL is a garage opener, joining a trip computer, intermittent front wipers and a rear wiper, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls for the 6-CD/MP3 player, heated mirrors, leather trim for the wheel and shifter, and three rows of cupholders and power outlets as standard equipment.

Options add a DVD player with wireless headsets, rear audio controls, Bluetooth, a navigation system, a 4-way power passenger seat, a cargo cover, and running boards. Moving up to the SL gives you more extras, including a sunroof and SkyView skylights with wind deflector, and leather upholstery.