Last post on Sep 26, 2007 at 9:08 AM
You are in the Nissan Quest
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Nissan Quest, Van
#4 of 9 Re: Nissan Quest in Snow? [mommyjan]
Sep 12, 2007 (9:40 am)
I have a 2004 Quest and live in southcentral PA. Like you, we do get snow from time to time. Ours tends to be predictable.
Like Steve mentioned, it all depends on the tires. I think you will be fine up to 2 inches. After that basic physics start to take over. The Quest is a big vehicle with a long wheel base (4500# and 204 inches long). It has a great ride and handling but deep snow is not a friend to this size vehicle. And that goes for all the "mini"vans that do not have AWD. No I do not recommend getting an AWD minivan for the occasional snow. The drop in gas mileage is not worth it. Plus you have to deal increase tire wear.
#5 of 9 Re: Nissan Quest in Snow? [mommyjan]
Sep 15, 2007 (6:51 pm)
Janet, we have a 2004 Quest (same series as the 2005-2008) and live in Minnesota, so get comparable snow to Chicago. I agree that tires make the huge difference. The new Quest has traction control, but with the stock tires provided the traction control renders the van worthless on a steep incline such as a driveway when the snow gets deep. We have steep driveway and in heavy winter we have to disengage the traction control (by way of the on-off switch) and take a run at it, spinning like crazy. Enough was enough, so this year I found a set of steel wheels and mounted Bridgestone Blizzak tires (235-60-16"). Looking forward to trying them out this winter.
#6 of 9 Re: Nissan Quest in Snow? [exploder750]
Sep 16, 2007 (6:37 am)
Since you have the 2004 - what's the back seat configuration in the 2004? Is it a full bench or a split 60/40? One more question - when you fold your seats down, do they fold flat into the floor or is that newer models?
#7 of 9 Re: Nissan Quest in Snow? [mommyjan]
Sep 16, 2007 (6:58 pm)
I found the quest can start good on snow, but the poor weight ditribution (60/40) hurts its handling in snow. 2004-2007 has a full bench, the only difference is that you dont have to remove a single restrain to fold the seats unlike 2004-2006. The 3rd row can fold flat, but the 2nd row can only fold somewhat flat. (not a perfect flat cargo)
#8 of 9 Re: Nissan Quest in Snow? [mommyjan]
Sep 18, 2007 (4:13 am)
mommyjan, third row seat is a full bench that folds flat into floor, second row seats are individual buckets that fold nearly flat. Very nice seats.
#9 of 9 winter & driving
Sep 26, 2007 (9:08 am)
I am in SW Ontario
We get snow!
My quest vehicle weight is the bonus!
You get traction, but good tires are imperative!
I've never really 'slid' or been unable to handle driving it in bad weather.
I'd think the real issue - is drive safely and respect the road conditions and weather. IMHO no vehicle is gonna be any better than another if you don't drive with caution.