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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 Performance

The 2014 Nissan Quest has strong acceleration and a comfortable ride, according to reviewers. However, they say that the transmission can be noisy and that some minivans, such as the Honda Odyssey, offer sharper handling.

  • "For starters, the Quest is the most enjoyable minivan to drive, thanks largely to a strong V6 engine and a CVT." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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 2014 Nissan Quest has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 260 horsepower. It's paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Quest gets an EPA-estimated 19/25 mpg city highway, which is good for the class.

Reviewers say that the Quest’s V6 and CVT combine to deliver strong acceleration for a minivan. However, some critics say the CVT is noisy when driving uphill.

  • "The Quest moves smoothly and quickly from a dead stop, and its impressive 19-mpg city fuel-economy rating is matched only by the Honda Odyssey." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The V6 delivers capable power and we even prefer the smooth CVT over traditional multi-geared transmissions in this application. Quick reactions from the throttle and transmission make easy work of passing maneuvers and ascending grades, and the latter scenario is really the only time you're aware of the CVT's steady-state rpm drone." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

Test drivers say that the 2014 Quest has a soft, comfortable ride, though rivals like the Honda Odyssey offer sharper handling. Still, they write that the Quest has strong brakes, precise steering and a tight turning radius, though some think the Quest’s steering wheel requires too much effort to turn at slow speeds.

  • "The softer suspension results in the Quest's ultra-smooth ride, a tradeoff we think most minivan users will appreciate. Those seeking a bit more feedback might be happier in the VW Routan or Honda Odyssey." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
  • "On nearly any road surface, the 2013 Nissan Quest pleasantly silences wind and road noise, with ruts and bumps in the road ably absorbed by the compliant suspension. The steering is precise, but the effort level feels needlessly heavy at slow speeds. Even so, the steering gives the Quest an almost sporting feel around corners." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Handling is competent and safe, even up to about six-tenths of its capability." -- Autoblog (2011)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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