National Geographic : 1993 Jun
If it didn't handle like a car,this could have been a million dollar demonstration. Suffice to say, there wasn't a single broken goblet.Not one busted bud vase. Not even so much as a chipped champagne flute. There were, however, plenty of frazzled nerves as we drove the Nissan® Quest " through an elab orate maze of some of the world's finest crystal (enough Waterford, Lalique and Orrefors to fill even the most ambitious bridal registry). Of course, there was never any doubt on the part of our engineers, who designed the Quest to look, act and feel like a minivan, but to drive like an entirely different animal. The first place they started was under the hood. Where you'll find a 3.0-liter, V6 engine simi lar to the one found in the Nissan Maxima® GXE. This, combined with front-wheel drive, gives the Quest uncanny responsiveness. Important,whether you're merging with high way traffic or dodging wafer-thin water decanters. The engineers also modeled the rack-and-pin ion steering system after the Maxima.They adjusted the power assist, and then carefully tuned each ele ment (bushings, bearings, and valves) to provide the driver with an optimal feel for the road surface. To complete the equation, they gave the Quest a suspension system which, unlike the rear leaf springs on many minivans, utilizes two special wide design leaves that result in the kind of smooth ride you'd expect in, well you guessed it, the Nissan Maxima. They even added front and rear stabilizer bars*that help keep the Quest level through curves and sharp cornering. The result? The Quest doesn't handle like acar. It handles like a very good car. A statement readily confirmed by any one of the twenty studio assistants who earned a day's pay without ever lifting a broom and dust pan. If you're still skeptical you can take the Nissan Quest out for a test drive. But before you do, make sure you drive some other minivans.We're confident that after a fair comparison the difference will be, and you must have seen this coming, crystal clear. For information call 1-800-NISSAN-3 ext.206. 0 It's time to expect morefrom a minivan. Nissan Motor CorporationU.S.A . Smartpeople always read thefine print. And they always weartheir seat belts. *Optionalrearstabilizer bar availablewith extraperformancepackage. Waterford, Lalique and Orreforsare registeredtrademarksof their respective manufacturers.Model shown is the Nissan Quest GXE.