2012 Nissan Quest Review
Automotive journalists say that the 2012 Nissan Quest is a good enough minivan, but in this competitive class, good enough doesn’t always cut it.
The 2012 Nissan Quest has a comfortable and practical interior, comfortable performance and styling that will stand out in the car pool lane. Unfortunately for the Quest, the styling is about the only standout feature on this van. While reviewers say the Quest is a good van, it doesn’t go the extra mile with features or performance like class leaders do.
Consumer Guide says, "A strong engine, inviting interior, and easy controls are Quest strong points. However, a loss of optional comfort and convenience features and less cargo and passenger flexibility than rivals make it fall short of the class-leading Chrysler minivans." Overall, test drivers prefer the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey to the Quest.
In the end, the 2012 Nissan Quest deserves a look, but most reviewers predict you’ll go home with another minivan.
Other Minivans to Consider
Reviewer favorites like the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey can seat more people and have more cargo space than the Quest. And, in the case of the Toyota Sienna, the starting price is lower too. The Honda Odyssey has a slightly higher starting price than the Quest does, but reviewers say its better performance and nicer interior makes it worth it.
If you’re looking for practicality on a budget, consider the Dodge Grand Caravan. Though it doesn’t have the nicest interior in the class, reviewers appreciate its innovative cargo-carrying systems. Plus, you can option it with high-tech features that the Nissan just doesn’t offer.
Details: Nissan Quest
The Nissan Quest was redesigned for 2011, so the 2012 model is little-changed since last year. Trims range from the base S model to the top-of-the-line LE. The Quest is available in front-wheel drive only. There’s also only one powertrain setup: a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission. See full 2012 Nissan Quest specifications.
- “The 2011 Quest is absolutely competitive with the segment's other new entries." -- Automobile Magazine
- "It’s a minivan. You’re probably well aware of what this means. I won’t lie to you and tell you that it drives like a 370Z, or that it’s going to make you smile every time you get behind the wheel. It’s not. But, if you’re a parent it can make life easier. And that is something to smile about." -- Road and Track
- "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
- "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