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MSRP: $26,220 - $42,870
Invoice: $24,710 - $39,697
MPG: 19 City / 25 Hwy
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Nissan Quest Interior

Most critics agree that the 2014 Nissan Quest has a sophisticated, high-quality interior, and a few say it wouldn’t feel out of place in an Infiniti. They also think that the Quest has comfortable seats and easy-to-use controls for audio, climate and navigation settings. However, the Quest has less cargo space than most competing minivans, and reviewers say the dash-mounted gear shift blocks some controls.

  • "The 7-passenger Quest's great interior volume and handsomely appointed interior set the class standard. Everything you touch has a premium feel worthy of an upscale Infiniti vehicle. The creased faux-wood insert running along the dash and doors looks first-rate, and the perforated leather seating in the SE and LE trims (and optional in the SV) is unexpected in a minivan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, the Quest is surprisingly luxurious, with an attractive, Infiniti-like dashboard and abundant high-quality materials." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Nissan Quest seats seven in three rows. Cloth upholstery is standard, while leather seats, power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats are optional. Test drivers think that the four captain’s chairs in the first and second rows are quite comfortable, and the third row is adequately comfortable. The Quest’s theater-style seating means that the second and third rows are raised slightly, and reviewers say this gives those passengers a nice view out of the van. However, one auto writer warns that the wraparound glass on the exterior of the van hides large window pillars, so rearward visibility is not as good as you might think. A few reviewers also note that the dash-mounted shift lever blocks some controls when the transmission is in Drive.

  • "There's ample room for seven passengers to sit in comfort (eight-passenger seating isn't available), however, and theater seating means that second- and third-row occupants have an excellent view out the windows." -- Left Lane News
  • "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
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Nissan Quest include push-button start, power windows in the first and second rows and a stereo with an auxiliary input. Optional features include a USB port, Bluetooth, power sliding doors, a sunroof, a power liftgate, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control and a blind spot warning system. Nissan's Around View Monitor system is also available, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the Quest to ease parking maneuvers.

Reviewers say that the Nissan Quest has easy-to-use audio and climate controls. They also write that the optional navigation system is intuitive, and they like that it doesn’t absorb all of the climate and entertainment system controls.

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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." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The center stack's controls are logically grouped within easy reach of the driver. Even on the upper trim levels, the task of operating the various climate, navigation and entertainment systems proves simple and intuitive." -- Edmunds (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Nissan Quest has 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 63.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 108.4 cubic feet behind the first. Critics note that the Quest has an unusually small cargo area because its second- and third-row seats can’t be removed or stored under the floor, although they do fold flat. Still, several reviewers mention that the Quest has a number of useful storage areas scattered around the interior, from small cubbies to an enormous under-floor compartment behind the third row.

  • "Unlike most of its rivals, the Quest's third-row seats fold forwards onto the floor instead of folding backwards into the floor, resulting in a relative paucity of space." -- Left Lane News
  • "Small items storage is decent and comprised of several cubbies, a large glovebox, and 16 cup and bottle holders." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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." -- 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)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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