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 owner on Saturday, January 24, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
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."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Sheila on Thursday, January 08, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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."
8 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Dave on Monday, December 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great value and quality for the money."
Cons: "Front seat ergonomics and automatic windows."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Still running strong after 10 years and 173K miles. No major repairs over the life of the vehicle. Great value and I definitely got my monies worth out of the van. Only minor issues are the ergonomics of the front seats and the drivers and passenger windows don't go up automatically even though we have and the drivers side fixed once. The window bug seems to be a common problem with these vans. Other than those two minor issues it has been a great van and I am hoping to get another 80K miles out of it."
10 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By KidsRgrown on Monday, November 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 151,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Lots of room. Stylish in and out."
Cons: "Some electrical problems."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"At 10+ years, this van still looks good and runs great. We performed all scheduled maintenance and oil changes. After year 7 we started having the following troubles: the second-row heating controls stopped working, so only the front-seat passengers can regular heat/AC for front and rear. The radio cuts out when we go over bumps but comes back on. The auto-up on the passenger front window will take the window all the way up and bring it back down about 3". You have to put it back up again to make it stay. There is a loud tapping when it is first started, but the mechanic told us that once the car warms, it will go away. He is right. After about 5 min it goes away. My struts are now shot. The interior is fantastic. It is beautiful, comfortable, and has lots of storage. 6' tall passengers have plenty of leg room in the first and second rows. The third row is a tighter fit, but not as bad as any of the other vans I have been in. The third row is very heavy to get up and down, but it is much more substantial than those in other vans. The panoramic windows have always been a hit, and the DVD player has never failed us. I will miss this vehicle and will be sad to let it go. I do mostly city driving. Average 19.6 mpg."
6 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By PersonX on Sunday, September 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "elegant looking, good price, comfortable."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"One of the best cars that I drove. Excellent, comfortable, and practical. Very good for a big family and for moving small stuff."
18 people out of 31 found this review helpful
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."
7 people out of 13 found this review helpful