Nissan Quest Interior
A redesign in 2007 made the Quest's interior more functional, thanks to Nissan moving the instrument panel from the center to, as About.com says, "where God intended them to be, in front of the driver." However, the minivan's available seating for seven is still generally described as uncomfortable.
Nissan's Quest's front row provides generous headroom for Consumer Guide and others. Seat upholstery has "the contemporary appearance of a high-end recliner" to Cars.com, but the majority finds the effect merely visual. writes it "impossible to get suitably arranged in the front seats" while Autosite.com describes them as "wide, somewhat firm, and did we mention utterly devoid of bolstering?" To Edmunds, "the seats in the Grand Caravan, Odyssey and Sienna look and feel far plusher. The lack of lateral bolstering and overall support is weak for a 21st century minivan."
The Quest's second- and third-row seats are not included in the base price of the car. They are part of the optional Fold Away Seat Package, and receive mixed reviews for comfort. Kelley Blue Book claims the second row is "exceedingly supportive," while the third row provides "genuine comfort to full-size adults," but Autosite.com isn't convinced. Its reviewers note "we liked the rear seats even less," than the front row, before describing both second and third row chairs as flat.
The previous Nissan Quest's instrument panel was located in a center stack -- something generally panned by critics. About.com calls the previous styling "impractical," with an instrument panel "mounted high over the center pod, and the center pod's conga-drum appearance made me want to sing Babalu." The new configuration is praised by Consumer Guide: "Dashboard no longer sacrifices function for avant garde styling. Gauges now easy to see, read."
Several others note the Quest's controls are easy to read and conveniently placed, but Autosite.com found that they hit a snag. "Try finding the heated seat buttons and you might be in for a hunt ... buttons are a bit out of reach on the lower seats, separate from the recline and slide buttons."
The Nissan Quest's other standard features include a tilt steering column, a center information center, front map lights and dual reading lights, and four 12-volt power outlets throughout the cabin. The Quest 3.5 SL and SE have the option for a Bluetooth Phone System with Nissan's Technology Package.
Stereo and Entertainment
The 2008 Nissan Quest's basic audio system is an AM/FM setup with a CD player and eight speakers, while the three highest trims receive an AM/FM audio player with six-disc in-dash CD changer. For premium sound, CNET suggests the SE's ten-speaker Bose audio system with Richbass subwoofer.
The Quest also has an optional rear-seat DVD player for all trims, with the SE receiving eight-inch dual monitors frequently highlighted by auto writers. Both CNET and Edmunds note the monitors' placement and size allows for "optimal" viewing for both second- and third-row passengers.
Some note the Quest SL and SE's optional navigation system is not class competitive. Edmunds complains that destinations must be entered while the car is stopped, and Autosite.com disapproves of the "small and finicky joystick rather than the preferred touch screen." The Nissan Quest navigation system is part of a package, complete with a seven-inch color LCD screen, GPS and DVD-ROM atlas and various performance options.
The Quest's SkyView roof, optional for the SL and standard on the SE, made an impression on critics for creating ambiance. The roof's features two rectangular panes that running parallel over the second and third row, inspiring the feeling "that there are four overhead glass panels because the cabin's roof lining bisects each one," to Cars.com. The "absolutely loved SkyView, day and night," and Consumer Guide also finds the SkyView roof a nice touch.
Last year Nissan gave the Quest a more versatile third row. As Autosite.com describes the process as "cumbersome," writing that "it's a process of pulling straps, pulling on handles, and leaning your pant legs against a possibly dirty rear bumper to get enough leverage to pull the whole unit back into the floor's deep cargo hold." Even admits that "fold flat" is an exaggeration. "It balks at lying flush with the cargo floor, leaving a bit of a ski ramp back there."describes for many, "the third row folds down into the floor differently and more easily than it did, and you no longer have to remove the head restraints first." But
Whether folding the seats or leaving them up, many report the Nissan Quest provides cargo space that's comparable to its class. Edmunds says Quest's capacity is similar to Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna, and Cars.com claims the later vans "offer more cargo room than the Quest, but any advantage these models have is rather small." The Quest has 32.3 cubic feet for cargo with all seats up, 87.7 cubic feet with the third row folded and 145.7 cubic feet with both second and third row down. Quests with the SkyView roof have approximately five cubic feet less cargo space.