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ROAD & TRAVEL's 2004 Minivan of the Year -- Nissan Quest

Nissan is on quite a product roll these days, lending credibility to chairman Carlos Ghosn's claim that no company faces a problem so great that a good product (or products) cannot solve it. Just look at the pioneering new Nissan Quest: one of the first (if not THE first) truly cool minivans ever to grace our roads.

From its grand, glassy exterior to its Jetson's inspired interior, the Quest redefines what we expect minivans to look like. Its second-row seats can fold into the floor, if specified, while the third row flops into the floor behind the rear wheels. The five glass panels of the available full-length Skyview roof could single-handedly reinvent the family road trip, as could the optional twin-screen DVD entertainment system that folds down from the roof in the second and third rows. Add to all that the inherent zip of Nissan's heralded 3.5-liter V-6, that produces some 240 hp, and you have a minivan that is as fast as it looks.

Honorable Mentions:

Toyota Sienna
The 2004 Toyota Sienna is slick, swift, capable and clever. Significantly larger than the outgoing Sienna, the new Sienna incorporates a Lexus-like interior with countless clever packaging solutions to satisfy virtually every conceivable need your family could come up with. And built with Toyota's legendary assembly know-how, it promises to withstand wear and tear with the greatest of ease.

Ford Freestar
Gone with the wind is Ford's outgoing Windstar minivan, replaced by the 2004 Ford Freestar. Now significantly updated both inside and out, the Ford Freestar is the best Ford minivan to date, with a torquey new optional V-6 engine and a stylish new interior.


International Car of the Year
Car of the Year
Cadillac XLR

Most Sex Appeal
Sports Car of the Year
Cadillac XLR

Most Respected
Luxury Car of the Year
Jaguar XJ

Most Dependable
Sedan of the Year
BMW 5-Series

Most Spirited
Entry-Level Car of the Year
Dodge SRT-4

Most Compatible
Minivan of the Year
Nissan Quest

Most Versatile
Crossover/Sport Wagon of the Year
Chrysler Pacifica
Most Memorable
Classic Car of the Year
Chevrolet SSR
Most Athletic
Pickup Truck of the Year
Ford F-150 FX4

Most Likely to Survive
SUV of the Year
Volkswagen Touareg

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