By KBB.com Editors
Since its initial launch as the joint venture sibling of the Mercury Villager, Nissan's Quest has been the QUESTion mark in the Nissan lineup. Those questions continued with the latest iteration, introduced as a solo Nissan effort in 2004. Whereas most of its competition embraces the bland in pursuit of the minivan mainstream, Nissan took a decidedly different tack in both exterior styling and interior execution. With an all-new vehicle emanating from an all-new Canton, Mississippi plant, both quality and marketing resultsat launchwere decidedly mixed. For 2007 Nissan performs one of its most aggressive mid-model "freshenings" ever. And while little of the money spent is evident on the outside, the interior represents another Nissan shift, but this time it's a shift nearer the sweetspot of the minivan marketplace.
If you're in need/want/desire of a minivan, but would enjoy taking the road less traveled, the Quest is your one-and-only. While solidly improved on the inside, and with an on-road dynamic that was never in question, the Quest sheetmetal remains as polarizing as ever. In point of fact, it is arguably the most provocative skin this side of the English Channel. Get past the exterior and you'll enjoy a boatload of utility in combination with good performance, great flexibility and one of the industry's best powertrains.
If you don't enjoy drawing attention to yourself, the Quest is probably not drawn for you. Even with deeply tinted windows it's not the van in which to disappear, making it wholly inappropriate for the Drive-In. Also, like its marketplace brethren in the Honda and Toyota showrooms, this is a full seven-passenger serving whether you're needing it or not. With the additional bulk of its full-size spec comes fewer parking choices and (typically) more fuel consumption.
Most vehicles get some sort of freshening/revamp in the middle of their product cycles. Rarely, however, are those mods this extensiveor expensive. The old interior, whose material choices made Kia's Sephia look like a Bentley, has been sent packing, replaced with an all-new instrument panel, available front-row center console, in-dash Vehicle Information System (standard on SE, optional on SL) and fold-flat third-row seat. On the outside the Quest benefits from a new grille, front fascia and chrome door handles. In combination with design and material enhancements inside, the overall impression is considerably more upscale and, at least inside, significantly less "funky".
Driving Impressions The 2007 Quest continues to share its basic platformthe Advanced FF-Lwith Nissan's Maxima, Murano and Altima. To that end it not only enjoys a car-like ride and handling dynamic, but...one whose on-road composure is perhaps more refined than the norm. You won't, to be sure, enter a Quest in motorsports competition, but you can be assured of accurate steering, competent braking and sure-footed roadholding. From a driver's standpoint, the eight-way adjustable seat provides a hip point as highor lowas you'd want it, giving you better visibility and the perception of better control. Finally, there's nothing to fault with the combination of Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 and five-speed automatic. It's simply one of the best engine/transmission combos at the price point.
We enjoy the functionality of the minivan, but wish designers took more chances in the segment. Nissan's design team has answered our call by giving the Quest a shape entirely its own. And the daring design doesn't in any way diminish its functionality. This is a big box with big capabilityit simply doesn't wear the skin of a two-box design.
Although it may not roll off the tongue like Chrysler's Stow 'N Go, and won't provide the concealed stowage of Chrysler's offering, we like Nissan's Fold-Away seating very much. When raised, the second-row seat is exceedingly supportive, and when folded, it's almost completely flat. The third row accommodates passengers well, providing genuine comfort to full-size adults. With this packaging you can carry people, or things, or both, with space for the things and comfort for the people.
Beyond the aforementioned redo, where dash and instrument panel are all-new and accompanied by a wholesale improvement in materials and textures, you'll be impressed by the significant upgrade in interior appearance. Almost every surfacesave the S model's steering wheelis an intriguing surface, catching the eye and begging you to touch it. This is in sharp contrast to its predecessor, which might have caused you to close your eyes and keep your hands in your pockets. Beyond the interior's tone and texture is a near-unbelievable functionality. There is space galore, made all the better by the airy greenhouse, high ceiling (truly generous headroom) and fold-flat third-row seating. The seat design is notable, looking and feeling like a contemporary display in a gallery, while the steering wheel in our test S model, although artfully designed, is all too plastic in texture.Exterior
While the majority of minivans are unified in their designsthe front half of the vehicle looks as if it belongs to the rear halfthere's intentional discord designed into the Quest sheetmetal. That discord begins at the front fender with its impossibly low cowl and continues, unabated, through the sharp upsweep taking place in the middle of the front doors. A better-integrated grille and headlamp assembly reduces the visual disconnect, but this remains as far from the mainstream, minivan-wise, as Tiny Tim. We like it, but back in the days when RenaultNissan's parentwas still in the U.S., some of us liked the Le Car and Fuego, too. Kudos go to the high quality fit and finish, with door closures sounding closer to Mercedes than Mazda.
In a category catering to a family-and-convenience-oriented clientele, the S level Quest has much to offer. Passive safety is provided by the typical array of airbags, including a roof-mounted side-curtain airbag. Active safety is supplied by an all-independent suspension, four-wheel disc braking with anti-lock braking system (ABS) and traction control. Notably, a rear sonar system is standard on the S, SL and SE models, enabling the driver to detect things located immediately behind the rearward-moving van. And if your hauling needs exceed the Quest's interior volume, roof rails, too, are standard.
Nissan's marketing team has created a significant gap between the comfortably-equipped SL and loaded SE . For those wishing to split the cost difference, consider the SkyView Glass-paneled Roof package. Looking up, you'll enjoy the openness of glass roof panels in combination with a power sliding sunroof. Looking in, driver and passengers will benefit from the Technology package, included when you opt for SkyView. The Technology package supplies a rearview monitor, in-dash LCD color monitor, dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control and automatic headlamps.
Among those manufacturers offering a mid-displacement (between three and four liters) V6, Nissan's efforts shine. Whether this powerplant is placed in the Quest, Altima or G35, it seems eminently well-suited to the task at hand. The DOHC 24-valve layout provides 235 horsepower, a five-horsepower drop from 2006 due to a new SAE rating system. And it delivers that power, via a five-speed automatic transmission, in an entirely seamless manner, with both good throttle response and excellent cruising capability. Under the hood, it's your typical transverse installation, with good access to battery and fluids, but limited access to anything else.
235 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25
By soapsuds on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Feature laden, hauls lots of stuff."
Cons: "Mechanical reliability & build less than stellar."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I am a car guy and resisted getting a minivan until my kids made me. That said, I have owned many vehicles and this one stands out for its combination of comfort, convenience and usefulness. The styling of the interior was different and cool, with lots of glass in the roof and all day comfortable leather seats that, dare I say it, were designed to mimic a quality ladies handbag. The Bose stereo unit has had some issues but still sounds good and the DVD player, which was unusual at the time, still works great. A nifty appliance all in all."
By Combat on Friday, January 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Most practicle car I ever owned."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I inherited this car from my wife who didn't want to have the "soccer mom" image anymore and switched to a crossover. I sold my '86 Chevy step-side and glad I did. I don't know what I'd do without this van. It has towing package so I can haul "stuff". I have an adapter for the hitch that allows me to put my kyak on board too. On recent trip in south I visited a lot of cival war sites. With the back seats down I camped in comfort. When I go to Home Depot or Lowes guy's with trucks stare at me as I load a 4x8 sheet of plywood and 10' 2x6's and can still close the tailgate. And one more thing, it's a great tailgate machine at football games."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By twingremlin on Saturday, January 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "It is a pretty van"
Cons: "Only 57,000 miles and not holding up"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"As a previous owner of a Windstar, I have been disappointed with the Nissan. I don't feel that the service has been great as with the Ford. Nickel and dime me for items which were covered on my other vans. Rear sensors only worked for 4 years. Backup camera is awesome. Rear wiper arm has to be replaced at Nissan instead of replacing on own - gets really expensive. Cup holders on captain's chairs have broken off - very inconvenient place - you hit them every time you get out. When I took it in during the first year, I was told that I had to replace the whole seat (no coverage). Looking at other used Quests with the same cup holders, they are broken off too! I think it was a design flaw. Our 98 Olds mini van still has working cup holders! In the age of electronics, the location of the outlets to charge phones is not convenient for a family. Visor mirror broke off - really, I have never had that happen in any car that we have owned. At 57,000 miles, the low tire pressure light keeps coming on. At $75 each to fix, it is becoming a money pit to fix. For a van that has been kept in the garage and used as the back up vehicle, I don't think it has been a good purchase. In 6 years, we don't have that many miles to have so many little things going wrong with it. When we purchased it, the dealer promised us only minor repairs and then when we got to 90,000, it would start to need more. I don't think that I will make it to 90,000!"
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Bullfrog on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great value....holds value."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We bought used the SE version FULLY loaded...and we will drive the wheels off of it. We've been driving it for 5 years now and even compared to current NEW models, we want to stay with this van. The style and comfort are perfect for 2 adults, 2 kids, and 2 dogs. Recently drove from Omaha, NE to Florida completely maxed out with luggage and kids, and it performed flawlessly. Japanese engineering at its absolute finest."
By Dave on Saturday, December 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very reliable, economical, and great quality."
Cons: "Front seats are very comfortable."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have owned and driven this van for 9 years. It has been very reliable, and still runs like new after 157K miles. Interior and exterior have held up very well. Fuel economy is great as we average 21.7 running around town and 25 on the highway. Front seats are a little uncomfortable as the ergonomics aren't very good. The only minor issue we keep having is with the automatic window close mechanism as it runs the window to the top and then it drops back down several inches. We have had this fixed twice but the issue keeps coming back. Overall it is a great van and has required only the routine maintenance. It has held up much better than the Dodge Grand Caravan. This model year Quest has plenty of room inside. We do a lot of cycling so when the bikes come they sit up in the back with the front wheels removed. I don't think you can do this with the new Quest as there is not enough head room. Very great van and it will keep me going back to Nissan for the my next vehicle."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Bekamac on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,500overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Loved this car for the first 4 years. Then, everything started breaking down...ie. electric sensors, dvd player, etc. With only 35,000 miles on a 5+ year old car, I am disappointed with the quality. My Nissan Murano never let me down."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful