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 Shari on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Rides and drives like car. Glass roof, Comfy"
Cons: "gas milage, rear seats not split"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have only owned this van about 4 months, bought it used at 119,000 miles, it's a 2004 loaded. It drives and rides like a car. Lots of room, love the sunroof and fixed glass in the rest of the roof. Only dis-likes, are gas milage (about 16 mpg around city). And back seats are not split, so they are very heavy to fold up and down for 1 woman. If they were split seats, it would be great. All seats are really comfortable. They are leather."
By Ms Nikki on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "roomy easy to get in smooth ride"
Cons: "no open windows second row"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My son is 6'5" and fits in my back seat very well. even the 3rd row is comfortable. People love how comfortable the seats are, nice and wide . the ride is very smooth and it takes curves well at a higher than normal speed even. Just tried it to see how it would do. I love the smokey gray color, it is a very classy looking car . It is a 2006 but people think it is brand new. I love that the dash board is in the middle not behind the steering. The second row windows don't open at all would like for them to roll down.. I ride a lot of elderly it is easy to get in seats at hip height just sit and turn legs in. Second row cup holder on the outside of seat by door, broke off as people would get in and out of car, would have been better to put it on the inside of seat. I like the way the back is made on 20206 better than the look of the 2014 to boxy."
By woody on Monday, July 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Open interior access."
Cons: "shoddy construction of interior fixtures."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"At 96,000 miles the engine failed with a defective cylinder. A new engine was purchased. The plastic interior fixtures and dashboard weak and shaky. rear seats difficult and tedious to lower into floor. Tire size and type expensive. No tow package available. Too low for bumpy terrain. Low gas mileage. Replaced steering arm and wheel bearing. My repair costs approximately $6,000. It must have been assembled on Friday or Monday."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Nana on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have been very satisfied with my 2009 Nissan Quest. It is now 5 -years old and paid for. For the first time in my life I don't even want to think about a new car. This one still drives and looks new and it meets all my needs."
By Western New York Driver on Monday, May 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Spacious layout, very dependable powertrain"
Cons: "Lots of road noise in cabin."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this van used 6 years ago and have put about 100k miles on it. Positives-power train has been excellent; only oil changes and basic maintenance engine/tranny wise. Very spacious, plenty of power for highway driving. Very comfortable for a larger driver like me. Negatives - cabin ride has always been noisier than I would like. Around 90k miles needed front end work (ball joints, sway bars) that would have cost about $2k if I hadn't purchased an extended warranty. Beverage holders on captain's chairs in center row are in the way and not very well laid out ergonomically ("first world problem", I know....) Is it a "luxury ride"? No. Has it been a very dependable family vehicle for us for 6 years? Absolutely! Am I glad I bought it? Definitely. Would I buy another one? Yes."
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By daRock on Sunday, May 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Most reliable and great safety record."
Cons: "Highway mileage only averages about 26 MPG."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've been gas station owner and auto repairman;been driving about 60 years and have owned GMs, Chryslers, Fords, Toyotas, Lexus, and Nissans, and worked on many more. The Quest (80,000 miles)along with the two Grand Marquis (500,000 miles combined) have been trouble free. The two Lexus were nearly trouble free. The Grand Marquis have been discontined, so I will rank order from my experience without it. 1)Nissan Quest; 2)Lexus; 3)Fords; 4)Toyotas; 5)GMs; 6) Chrysler."
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful