The Nissan Quest was launched in 1993, with intentions of dominating the minivan market. Most of the older models may seem archaic compared to what's available now, and the 2004 Nissan Quest is probably where most people will feel comfortable beginning their search. It has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the middle and third row seats can fold down, some models include a DVD player with surround sound, and a see-through roof.
Since the redesign in 2011, the Nissan Quest has only seen minor changes. As you shop around, you can treat the fourth-generation models almost as if they are the same and narrow your search down by the features you want. There are four trim levels offered: S, SV, SL, and LE. Upgrading to the SV adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth functionality, and one-touch power doors—which make loading items into the car much easier. If you live in a cold area, you'll appreciate the heated front seats of the SL, plus the leather seats add a dash of luxury. The most extravagant trim—the LE—adds features including a navigation system, an entertainment system complete with a surround sound stereo, and a 11-inch widescreen monitor.
Nissan Safety Review
Nissan made many improvements to the Quest in recent years, so if you want the safest car available, look at models from 2011 and newer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2011-2014 Nissan Quest a "good" rating in tests that measure how the front and side of the car react to a crash, the likelihood of significant injury to the driver, and how well the seat and restraints protect against injury. In the test for the strength of the roof structure, the 2011-2014 Quest received an "acceptable" rating. 2014 Nissan Quest safety features including stability control, side-impact airbags, front airbags, seat belt notifications, and a tire pressure monitoring system help keep passengers secure.
The 2004-2009 models are fairly safe as well. They received "good" ratings in the front and side structural tests, but an "average"" rating on the seat and restraints test.
Noteworthy About the Nissan Quest
- The Nissan Quest won the AutoPacific 2007 Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Minivans. Owners reported that the car was fun to drive and they were happy with the appearance.
- Thanks to the CVT and efficient engine, the Quest was named the "Best Car of 2013" in the "Fuel Efficient Vehicle" category by Kiplinger's.
The 2014 Nissan Quest stands out from the crowd with the unique appearance of the 2014 Nissan Quest. Looks aside, it's a useful vehicle that can comfortably seat seven adults. This 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine lets you drive long distances without constant stops to refuel. With the entertainment package, your children can watch movies or play video games on the 11-inch monitor with sound from the premium audio system.