Forbidden Fruit: Nissan Serena Hybrid Minivan

Meet the 2018 Nissan Serena. It’s a minivan, in the first-gen Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager sense of the word, with room for seven passengers, a number of different seating configurations, and massive cargo-hauling capability. More to our purposes, however, it is not “just” a minivan, but a hybrid minivan. A hybrid minivan that you can’t buy in the US.

All of which is to say, of course, that I’m bringing back the old “Forbidden Fruit” series of articles. They were– well, they weren’t “much loved” by readers, usually. But I like writing them, so you people will have to ignore them or something.

The Nissan Serena is powered by a 2.0 liter, direct injection engine tuned for maxuimum fuel economy. You get about 150 HP and 145 TQ. Not a speedster, but not bad– and the S-Hybrid Eco motor is good for 35 TQ, as well, from 0 RPM. That may not sound like much, but it should be more than enough to get the small van through suburban traffic with reasonable aplomb.

Inside, there are some nice touches. I especially like the new-style Nissan steering wheel, Apple CarPlay head unit from Clarion, and the airplane-style folding tray tables for the rear passengers. When I was a kid, I got ferried around in a Mercedes that had these, so I may be biased, but: the tray table kicks ass.

Check out the video, below, by Hafriz Shah. He’s got a ton of knowledge of the Nissan hybrid minivan, and is a great presenter. Once you get through that, let us know what you think of the car. Do you think Nissan should bring it to the US? Tell us in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

2018 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Review

Source | More Photos: Paul Tan.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.