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2009 Nissan Quest

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2009 Nissan Quest Review

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Most of the 2009 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. Although a major freshening in 2007 moved the Quest a bit closer to the mainstream of the minivan market, it still stands out when placed side-by-side with offerings from Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't enjoy drawing attention to yourself, the 2009 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.

What's New for 2009

New automatic door locks and a new exterior color, Tuscan Sun, mark the major changes for the 2009 Nissan Quest.

Driving the Quest
Driving Impressions

The 2009 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.

Unique Exterior
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.

Fold-Away Seating
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.

2009 Nissan Quest Details
2009 Nissan Quest photo Interior

From its stylish dash and instrument panel to the excellent fit and finish of its high quality materials and textures, the Quest is one impressive minivan. 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 a Mercedes-Benz than a modern day minivan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the base 2009 Nissan Quest includes power mirrors, locks, and windows, 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 adds a 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 seat, heated front seats, leather for the first and second rows, Bose audio with ten speakers and subwoofer, XM Satellite Radio and Vehicle Dynamic Control.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.5 V6
235 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2009 Nissan Quest Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 372 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.6/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

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!"

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Over All on the Motor Very Poor. Timing Chain

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Looks Nice, Has Good Speed,"

Cons: "Bad,Motors in them, Bad Brakes,"

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

"The Motor and Timing Chain is the Biggest Downfall in this type of van.Brakes are Another Thing. Always Have to Change the Brakes on These Vans. Something that they are not Telling People . That this,IS This Vehicle's Biggest DownFall.Buyer Beware!"

6 people out of 8 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."

6 people out of 9 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."

20 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Best minivan ever!

By on Thursday, January 08, 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

The Quest has been the best van that I have owned

By on Monday, December 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

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."

14 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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