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2013 Nissan Quest Performance

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Reviewers aren't overly positive about the performance of the 2013 Nissan Quest, but they aren't overly negative either. They like the Quest's engine and small turning radius, but dislike how it leans in corners and that some road noise intrudes into the cabin.

  • "It’s a package that is great for skipping from stop sign to stop sign or cruising down the freeway, but not so happy being hustled down a mountain road." -- Road and Track (2011)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Nissan Quest has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 260 horsepower. It's paired with a continuously variable transmission. The Quest gets an EPA-estimated 19/25 mpg city highway, which is just a bit low for the class.

Most reviewers say the Quest's engine has all the power buyers will need.  The CVT gets mixed reviews, with some saying it operates smoothly and others complaining that is allows the Quest to roll backwards when starting from a stop on a hill.

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  • "The 3.5-liter V6 provides ample power in all situations. It's strong off the line with enough muscle for passing, though the CVT occasionally caused the engine to sound strained during uphill climbs. Some testers complained of a slightly touchy gas pedal that resulted in occasional lurching from a stop. " -- Consumer Guide
  • "The powertrain, more specifically the continuously-variable transmission, lacks any type of electronic ‘hill hold’ to prevent the minivan from rolling backwards on an incline (unlike traditional stepped gearboxes which hold a vehicle stable on all but the steepest hills when in gear, most CVTs will roll backwards even when in ‘drive’). Most other automakers have embraced the ‘hill hold’ for basic safety reasons. Nissan should too." -- Autoblog (2011)
  • "Nissan's CVT works well in the Quest, and is the principal reason for the minivan's smooth acceleration and brisk off-the-line sprints, as well as its impressive fuel-economy figures. Of course, any transmission needs a good engine, and Nissan equips the 2013 Nissan Quest with an excellent 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. " -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Reviewers are fairly neutral about how the 2013 Nissan Quest handles.  They say it has a small turning radius, which makes it easy to drive around town, but also note that fast corners leads to a lot of body lean and that some road noise makes its way into the cabin.  On the plus side, most reviewers agree that the ride is fairly smooth.

  • "Quest's tight turning radius aids close-quarters maneuverability. Steering is responsive and has a solid, weighted feel. Body lean in corners is fairly pronounced. Braking action is firm and smooth." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Handling is competent and safe, even up to about six-tenths of its capability." -- Autoblog (2011)
  • "We expected a little sharper steering and suspension action from a company known for producing enthusiast-oriented cars and SUVs; the driving experience is a little more engaging in a VW Routan or Honda Odyssey. However, the Quest's ride is ultra-smooth, which, considering how most people use a minivan, is probably the more desirable trait." -- Kelley Blue Book

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