Nissan Quest Review
The 2013 Nissan Quest ranks 5 out of 6 Minivans. This ranking is based on our analysis of 19 published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Quest, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Most test drivers agree that the 2013 Nissan Quest is a pretty good minivan, but in this competitive class, "pretty good" isn't good enough.
The 2013 Nissan Quest has a V6 engine and a continuously variable transmission. Test drivers say the powertrain works well in most driving situations, but a few complain that the CVT doesn't have a hill hold feature, so the Quest can roll backwards a bit when starting on a hill. The Quest gets 19/25 mpg city/highway, which is a low for the class. Reviews of the Quest's handling are mixed. Critics like its smooth ride and small turning circle, but dislike how it leans in corners and that road noise gets into the cabin.
Unlike most other minivans, the Nissan Quest can only seat seven. The seats get generally positive reviews for comfort, but several reviewers point out that the front passenger seat could use more knee room, and rear visibility from the driver's seat isn't great. Some entertainment and climate controls are also blocked by the gear shift. The Quest also had less cargo space than most other minivans. Reviewers do like the Quest's interior design, which they call modern, upscale and sophisticated. The 2013 Nissan Quest comes standard with push-button start and a stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include power sliding doors, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation and Nissan's around-view camera system.
- "A strong engine, inviting interior, and easy controls are what make Quest an appealing minivan. However, fewer comfort and convenience features and less cargo and passenger flexibility than most of its rivals make this Nissan fall a bit short of its class-leading rivals from Chrysler and Honda." -- Consumer Guide
- "The minivan segment is very competitive these days. All the vans offer mostly similar features and performance, so to many the purchasing decision will come down to style considerations. The Quest's design will likely appeal to some, and it will serve the role of people carrier perfectly well. But if hauling cargo is the main mission, other vans perform that task better." -- Popular Mechanics (2011)
- "Rather than argue over which of the three is the sportiest (Honda or Toyota), the most luxurious (Nissan or Toyota), the most comfortable (Honda or Nissan), the most innovative (Toyota or Honda), the most child-friendly (Honda or Nissan), the quickest (Nissan or Toyota) or the most fuel efficient (Honda or Toyota), and make a recommendation from there, it's best to figure out your own needs and priorities. After all, with so many excellent variations, we can't choose your favorite flavor of vanilla." -- Autoblog (2011)
Other Minivans to Consider
The Toyota Sienna has more cargo space than the 2013 Nissan Quest and can seat up to eight people. The Sienna also has available all-wheel drive.
The rear-seat entertainment system in the 2013 Nissan Quest can only play thing at a time. The entertainment system in the Honda Odyssey can play two, which should cut down on backseat squabbles. Reviewers also say that the Odyssey is one of the best-driving minivans you can buy.
Details: 2013 Nissan Quest
The 2013 Nissan Quest comes in four trims: S, SV, SL and LE. All are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. The 2013 Nissan Quest seats seven and includes standard features like push button start and a stereo with auxiliary input jack. Optional features include a USB port, Bluetooth, Navigation, and Nissan's around-view camera system. The Quest was last redesigned in 2011 and has seen only minor changes since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research from 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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