By KBB.com Editors
Most of the Nissan Quest's minivan competitors are, stylistically, somewhat predictable, conforming to the basic notion of an engine in front and a big box behind for all the people and cargo. But, for the Quest, built at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi plant, the designers and engineers took a decidedly different tack in both exterior styling and interior execution, with a look that's modern and definitely won't get lost in a parking lot. Last year, a freshening moved the Quest a bit closer to the mainstream of the minivan market, where it's a viable alternative to offerings from Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai.
If you're in need of a minivan, but would enjoy taking the road less traveled, the Quest might be for you. While solidly improved on the inside, and with commendable on-road behavior, the Quest has an exterior that remains as distinctive as ever. Once inside, occupants will enjoy enormous 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 2008 Nissan Quest, with an exterior that definitely stands out in a crowd, is probably not for you. Also, if you really don't need space for seven passengers or lots of cargo, you might appreciate something that's smaller and more nimble.
The SL trim level receives a power sliding left-side door, automatic on/off headlights and the RearView monitor system, while the SE gains standard Bluetooth and XM Satellite Radio.
Driving Impressions The 2008 Quest shares its basic platform with Nissan's Maxima, Murano and Altima. To that end it not only delivers car-like ride and handling characteristics, but its on-the-road composure is...more refined than might be expected of a minivan; you can be assured of accurate steering, competent braking and sure-footed roadholding. From a driver's standpoint, the eight-way adjustable seat contributes to improved visibility and, therefore, the probability of enhanced control. Finally, Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 and five-speed automatic transmission make for one of the better engine and transmission combinations in the segment.
Nissan's design team has given the Quest a shape entirely its own. Yet, the daring design doesn't in any way diminish its functionality; this is a big box with big capability, but wrapped in a stylish exterior.
The second-row seat is exceedingly supportive and, when folded, it's almost completely flat. The third row accommodates passengers well, providing genuine comfort for full-size adults. With this packaging you can carry people, or things, or both, with lots of space for the things and plenty of comfort for the people.
Thanks to last year's redo, when the dash and instrument panel received improvements in materials and textures, you'll be impressed by the interior appearance. Almost every surface is intriguing, catching your eye and begging you to touch it. Beyond the interior's tone and texture is a remarkable functionality. There is space galore, made all the better by the airy greenhouse, high ceiling (which delivers truly generous headroom) and fold-flat third-row seating. The seat design is worthy of note, looking and feeling almost like a contemporary display in an art gallery, while the steering wheel, although artfully designed, seems a little too plastic in texture.Exterior
The front of the Quest starts with a very low cowl that leads into a sharp upsweep in the middle of the front doors. The nose incorporates a well-integrated grille and headlamp assembly that sweeps across the front. Even though it's unusual, we like it, and the Quest also receives high marks for the quality of the fit and finish, with door closures that sound closer to Mercedes than minivan.
Standard equipment on the base Quest includes power mirrors and door locks, power windows with one-touch auto up/down on the front, air conditioning with second-row controls, tilt steering column, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD, traction control, tire-pressure monitoring and front, front-side and three-row side-curtain airbags. The S trim level adds power sliding rear passenger's-side door, power rear quarter windows, power liftgate and illuminated visor vanity mirrors. Move up to the SL and add 16-inch alloy wheels, power sliding rear driver's-side door, color information center, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, power adjustable pedals, power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-disc CD player, MP3 capability and upgraded speakers. The top-of-the-line SE includes 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, tilt-down mirrors, Bluetooth, power passenger's seat, memory for the driver's position, heated front seats, leather for the first and second rows, Bose audio with ten speakers and subwoofer, XM Satellite Radio and Vehicle Dynamic Control.
Major option packages include DVD Navigation, SkyView power sliding glass moonroof, Driver's Power Package for the S trim, a Leather Package for the SL trim and a variety of Panasonic DVD Entertainment Systems for the S, SE and SL trim levels. There are also several stand-alone options and accessories.
Among those manufacturers offering V6 engines in the range of three to four liters, Nissan's effort shines, and this powerplant is eminently well-suited to the task at hand. The DOHC 24-valve layout provides 235 horsepower and delivers that power, via a five-speed automatic transmission, in an entirely seamless manner, with good throttle response, excellent cruising capability and reasonable fuel economy.
235 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24
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