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The Quest 3.5 S model will start at $25,990, while the SV model will begin at $31,050. The SL trim will be priced at $34,500 while the top-of-the-line LE variant starts at $42,350 – significantly more than the standard S model.
The starting MSRP of $25,990 is $1,760 lower than the previous year’s model. The SL model will now come with a DVD Entertainment System and an 11-inch DVD monitor as standard. The readjustment of the packages is Nissan’s way to help better meet customer demand for popular features and equipment. An optional leather package is also now available for the SV model for the first time.
All four models are powered by a 3.5L DOHC V6 engine with 260-hp and 240 lb-ft of torque and Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT transmission. Available features on the 2012 Quest include one-touch power sliding doors, fold-flat second and third row seats, Advanced Climate Control System, and standard permanent hidden storage.
The 2012 Nissan Quest has an estimated fuel economy of 19-mpg city and 24-mpg highway. The Japanese automaker is also offering a variety of lease and cash incentives on select Quest models.
GALLERY: 2012 Nissan Quest
Despite less-than-glowing reviews, Nissan‘s Versa sub-compact continues to dominate its segment. In December, Nissan moved 9,939 Versas, nearly double that of its nearest competitor, while giving the Versa an incredible 24.2 percent market share dominance in a segment that is populated by 13 models.
Thanks to the addition of the new Versa sedan, sales for the sub-compact hit a record in 2011 with 99,730 units moved in 2011.
The Versa’s main competitors in the sub-compact segment include the Chevy Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Fiat 500. Compared to the Versa’s impressive 9,939 December sales figure, Chevy sold 5,743 Sonics, Hyundai sold 5,316 Accents, Honda came in with 5,138 Fits, Toyota’s Yaris sold 4,514 units, while Ford moved 3,673 Fiestas. Coming in last for Nissan’s comparison was Fiat’s 500 with 2,325 vehicles.
Along with a 30-mpg city rating and 38-mpg highway number, perhaps the biggest reason for the Versa’s success is the lowest MSRP in the market, starting at just $10,990.