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 Bekamac (MO) 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."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Tyler (TX) on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great van. I want to get something newer but this van has been so reliable that I don't want to take the chance of buying something else and it not be as reliable and good as this van has been for my family. We have owned it for 6 years and plan on continuing to own it for a long time. Just recently had to start some repairs like new spark plugs and some hoses. First repairs since we have bought it. These are normal wear and tear items. No major repairs."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By C. Evans (NC) on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "style, comfortable"
Cons: "repairs seem a little early for the mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I love the way this van looks! Not to mention the room my teenage boys have in the 3rd row seat!!! I am not happy however, that I just replaced the catalytic converter at 98k. I haven't had many other issues but do worry at the mileage we are at now may be turning to a money pit."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Origjz (MD) on Friday, June 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Room, convience package, power"
Cons: "none yet"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"We bought our 2005 Quest SE with 55,000 miles on it and now have 97,000. My wife loves it and says she'll keep it until it falls apart. We have been all over the East coast with it as well as down south and never had a hiccup. The dual DVD player has come in handy on those long trips with the kids. We have always maintained this van using Mobile 1 synthetic oil (which i swear by) and our fuel mileage is better than listed above. There have been a few small quirks~fuel gauge and odometer screen goes out, rattling from cat converter which should be replaced here soon. Plenty of room for long hauls with fold down seats, almost as much as my F250. The 3.5 litre engine provides plenty of power when needed."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Minivan hater (PA) on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Piece of junk"
Cons: "should have bought American"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"When I was looking at buying a minivan I looked at a lot of reviews. The quest seemed to be a decent buy for the money. What a mistake. This vehicle is awful in the winter. The traction control is terrible. Why would anyone want to slow down going up a hill with snow on it. I always ended up turning the t/c off when driving in snow. Every time the tires would think about spinning the front end would shake up and down like your driving over the rumble strips that would rattle your teeth. Hate to do any repairs to the thing because everything cost an arm and a leg. Like everyone else the sliding door doesn't seal tight. Every morning I would have to go outside to open the doors for my wife because they froze shut overnight. I felt like I was going to break the doors. The worst thing about nissan that I found out from my mechanic is that they don't use gaskets in their motors. They use silicone for their gaskets. Iver time the silicone breaks down and it starts to leak oil. The only way to fix the leak is to tear the parts off the motor and put on the stuff that didn't work before. it cost about $2000 to do this. Don't ever buy a nissan."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By Bamboozled (CA) on Monday, April 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Cons: "MONEY PIT!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"My family and I actually loved this car at first. Total comfort/luxury is what we thought. Smooth ride great handling, but then it all came to an end. The front motor mount kept breaking and you would think that the dealer would have said something after changing it, 3 times, but no. Then the transmission failed just before the warranty expired, thank goodness, they replaced it. Then just after 1 year later the replaced transmission failed, but of course the 1 year warranty for the replaced transmission had expired as well, along with a new loud clanking timing chain sound. The dealer service writer said the timing chain was commonly replaced with these cars at 120,000 miles. Now the catalytic converter needs to be replaced. What a mess! Approx $10,000.00 in repairs later (tires, brakes, tune ups, included),enough is enough. LEMON"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful