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2013 Nissan Quest Interior

Review Last Updated: 10/8/13

Most reviewers agree that the 2013 Nissan Quest has an upscale interior with sophisticated styling.  A few complain, however, about quirks, including a gear shift that impedes access to entertainment and climate controls, and a front passenger seat that could use more knee room.

  • "Not that it can't accommodate noisy, messy kids, but the 2013 Nissan Quest's interior just feels more adult contemporary than PG-13. " -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior assembly quality is top-notch. Quest's cabin is inviting and comfortable, with standard woodgrain trim in the first row and padded soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin. The SL and LE's leather seats with contrast piping add extra luxury to an already classy-looking interior." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

The 2013 Nissan Quest seats seven. Reviewers say the seats are spacious and comfortable. However, some say that visibility from the driver's seat to the rear of the Quest is limited and that passengers in the front seat could use a bit more space around their knees.

  • "The front thrones proved most comfortable for the driver. The front passenger had to beware of the protruding center console. The surface facing the front passenger is hard plastic and it's an unpleasant surface for a knee to rub against." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
  • "The first- and second-row captain’s chairs (there is no second-row-bench option) are superbly comfortable, and even the third row isn’t a penalty box, thanks to theater-style seating and the absence of a second-row center seatback." -- Car and Driver (2011)
  • "Headroom and legroom are plentiful. The seats are long-haul comfortable--supportive yet pillowy. A wide, padded door armrest is a nice touch. Rear visibility is somewhat deceptive, however. When viewed from the outside, the "wraparound" rear window is large and unobstructed. Inside, however, it's covering large pillars that mar the view to the rear corners. When deployed, the 3rd-row headrests also obstruct rear visibility. " -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Standard features on the Nissan Quest include push-button start, power windows in the second row and a stereo with an auxiliary input jack.  Optional features include a USB port, power doors, Bluetooth, Nissan's around view camera system and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Reviewers say that the features in the 2013 Nissan Quest are fairly easy to use, but some complain about the layout, saying that the gear shifter, which is mounted on the dash, makes it hard to reach some buttons.

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  • "The available navigation system's screen is large and inset into the dashboard for easy visibility. It can be operated via touchscreen or a combination of buttons and a large central dial. It's fairly intuitive and doesn't absorb audio and climate functions. Those separate controls are also easy to use, though the radio switches are set fairly low on the panel. The one-touch feature for the sliding door and hatch is very handy when arms are loaded with kids or packages. The shifter is mounted on the dashboard, and blocks access to some controls." -- Consumer Guide
  • " We noted some ergonomic glitches: The shift lever in the "D" position partially blocks the climate controls, and the traction-control and power liftgate buttons are placed down by the driver's knee where they are difficult to find." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2013 Nissan Quest has 37.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, including an underfloor storage space, 63.6 cubic feet of space with the third row folded and 108.4 cubic feet overall.  That's one of the smaller overall cargo capacities in the class. The difference in space between the Quest and other vans is due to the fact that the Quest's seats cannot be removed or folded into the floor.  They just fold, creating a flat, elevated cargo area.

The 2013 Nissan Quest's unique cargo setup gets mixed reviews.  Some critics are fine with a slightly smaller cargo area, but others point out that the folded seats increase the liftover height, making it harder to load heavy cargo. Reviewers are almost all positive about the underfloor storage behind the third row seat, however. They like how deep the space is, and how a heavy-duty cover allows you to stack cargo on top of the space.

  • "Small items storage is decent and comprised of several cubbies, a large glovebox, and 16 cup and bottle holders." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In addition to the cargo space above the folded seats, the Quest features a huge cargo well behind the third-row. How large? Big enough for your 5-foot 9-inch author to climb in and close the twin covers over his only slightly folded body. The strong yet lightweight lids align with the main floor of the minivan and can support more than 200 pounds." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
  • "Another possible downside is that the third-row seat folds forward rather than dropping into a rear well, reducing cargo space. At the same time, the second-row seats fold forward, creating a flat load floor all the way to the back of the front seats. This might reduce overall cargo space, but it also makes it easier to haul longer objects without having to remove the middle-row seats." -- Edmunds (2011)

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