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2007 Nissan Quest

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2007 Nissan Quest Review

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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 results - at launch - were 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2007

Most vehicles get some sort of freshening/revamp in the middle of their product cycles. Rarely, however, are those mods this extensive - or 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 the Quest
Driving Impressions

The 2007 Quest continues to share its basic platform - the Advanced FF-L - with 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 high - or low - as 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.

Unique Exterior
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 capability - it simply doesn't wear the skin of a two-box design.

Fold-Away Seating
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.

2007 Nissan Quest Details
2007 Nissan Quest photo Interior

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 surface - save the S model's steering wheel - is 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
2007 Nissan Quest photo

While the majority of minivans are unified in their designs - the front half of the vehicle looks as if it belongs to the rear half - there'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 Renault - Nissan's parent - was 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.5 V6
235 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25

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2007 Nissan Quest Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 373 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.6/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Great minivan

By on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "highway cruiser, lots of room"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This model 2009 Quest S, the quirky one, has the best space utilization of all. Middle Captain chairs and rear bench fold flat giving it tons of room for cargo. It is also a perfect highway cruiser, very comfortable, plenty of power from the highly regarded Nissan V6. Unfortunately they changed the style and lost it's quirkiness and rear seats do not fold flat. So we are keeping this one. If you can find one and need a minivan, grab it. They are a bargain now."

The perfect car for people on the go

By on Friday, May 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "seats fold, style, dual dvd, nav, its a nissan"

Cons: "a few minor mechanical issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought an 09 Nissan Quest SE decked out with everything. I love its similarity to the Town and Country and Grand Caravan, but with a better deal, as was less than the T&C but with better quality than the Dodge Grand Caravan. The Dual DVD entertainment is a lifesaver, since 1 of my 3 three kids will be in the back along with friends and our dog. The two in the 2nd row can watch Nemo while the one in the back can watch the Lego Movie. The Chrome door handles and accents add style to the already sporty look. The dashboard was improved in 2007 to make it look less pod like. I love the interior, with its comfortable seats and abundance of space, as well as the many moon roofs. The Quest's folding seats are amazing. The second row seats fold into the floor almost flat, like the Chrysler, but with more comfortable seats and an easier process. The 3rd row bench easily folds into the floor. The power sliding doors and tailgate make getting in an out super easy, especially with an infant or small youth. I bought this car after purchasing a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder LE AWD, when I decided I liked the Nissan brand and could get loyalty incentives. I also found out that Nissan owned Infiniti, so I used my 06 Infiniti M as a trade in. I plan to buy a 2015 Quest Platinum very soon and 2017 Nissan Armada Platinum. In addition, I am considering an Infiniti Q50 as a work car."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

It's a Nissan

By on Saturday, December 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Typical Japanese engineered vehicle with 0 failure"

Cons: "not a thing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this new in 2005, currently 30,000 mile. I don't drive a lot as shown in my odometer, and I don't trust mechanics, so I do all the mechanical work at home. After owning this car for more than 10 years, I can write a legitimate review. I haven't had a single failure for last ten years. Only issue is the factory equipped Goodyear LS tires that was recently replaced. Another issue is the way engine is mounted; pretty difficult to replace spark plugs; that probably explains why Nissan opted to use 100,000 mile spark plugs from the factory. Those who make friends with mechanics, prepare to spend good money on tuneup or if EGR sensor need to be replaced. I checked the brake caliper, they're well within safety limit, but front disc is seemingly warping as I can feel subtle vibration when vehicle is coming to stop. Instead of turning original disc for $30 from reputable machine shop, I chose to buy pair of (allegedly customer return item) front discs from Amazon for $23. Other than normal maintenance such as oil, fluids or tires, my total maintenance cost of owning this car for ten years is $23, that is, about $2/year. That's not bad!"

14 people out of 18 found this review helpful

longevity not there. resale value is poor.

By on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price fun to drive all maintenance kept up."

Cons: "falls apart at 100,000 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"AT 100,000 MILES EVERYTHING FALLING APART. Transmission $2500.00, digital odometer $1000.00, CATALYTIC CONVERTERS X 3 GOING BAD $600.00 EACH. THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING BEFORE 150,000 MILES. I SPEAK THE TRUTH.NO MORE NISSANS IN MY DRIVEWAY!! resale value very low also."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Too many mechanical issues-brought it new and

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "when it runs great ride, roomy"

Cons: "cup holders on 2nd row seats break off easy-cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"We had to have the transmission replaced twice,the catalytic converters replaced 3times and the engine seals replaced. constantly leaking. also the brake wear was awful and noted on most complaint sites for this care When it runs it is a great riding car, comfortable, roomy great interior."

23 people out of 37 found this review helpful

Best minivan ever!

By on Thursday, January 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great sound system and road handling"

Cons: "Outside noise around the sliding doors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought our 2005 Quest from a one owner individual and it has been the best minivan I've ever owned and I have owned about 5 in my life time. I have had a brand new Dodge, used GM, and Nissan is my first foreign model. The engine runs so smooth in this van and I have get-up and go! like any small sports car out there. I love the way it handles the road and it's a pleasure to drive. I think the only downside I have found is that I can hear wind noise around the sliding doors. I want to buy another one just like this one in 2015."

20 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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