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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7
Minivans always struggle with a perceived lack of sex appeal but the 2013 Nissan Quest makes a pretty good case for being considered cool. With a profile that is tall yet muscular, the Quest has a decidedly masculine feel, yet its interior is designer chic, which should hold strong appeal to everyone. Not that it can't accommodate noisy, messy kids, but the 2013 Nissan Quest's interior just feels more adult contemporary than PG-13. There may be less expensive minivans with more power on tap, but none packs the visual punch of this stylish family hauling machine.
If the majority of your driving is zipping around town picking up kids and running errands, the 2013 Nissan Quest's 19-mpg city rating will definitely help keep fuel costs down. Those looking for a premium interior uncommon in a minivan will love what Nissan has done with the Quest's cabin.
For 2013, the Nissan Quest LE gets standard Around View Monitor (to help spot nearby objects and snug clearances), and the 11-inch-screen DVD entertainment system is now available across the line.
Driving Impressions The 2013 Nissan Quest represents one of the best applications of the gearless CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) concept on the market. The idea is to provide step-less, always optimized ratios...but in practice, CVTs often feel lazy. Nissan's CVT works well in the Quest, and is the principal reason for the minivan's smooth acceleration and brisk off-the-line sprints, as well as its impressive fuel-economy figures. Of course, any transmission needs a good engine, and Nissan equips the 2013 Nissan Quest with an excellent 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. We expected a little sharper steering and suspension action from a company known for producing enthusiast-oriented cars and SUVs; the driving experience is a little more engaging in a VW Routan or Honda Odyssey. However, the Quest's ride is ultra-smooth, which, considering how most people use a minivan, is probably the more desirable trait.
With tasteful leather seating (standard in SL and LE trims, optional in SV) and a well-coordinated color scheme, the interior of the 2013 Nissan Quest looks like it belongs in a much more expensive vehicle, one aimed more at accommodating grownups than schlepping kids.
CVT (CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION)
With no gears, as such, to shift, this transmission provides seamless power with little lag.
The 7-passenger 2013 Nissan Quest's great interior volume and handsomely appointed interior set the class standard. Everything you touch has a premium feel worthy of an upscale Infiniti vehicle. The creased faux-wood insert running along the dash and doors looks first-rate, and the perforated leather seating in the SE and LE trims (and optional in the SV) is unexpected in a minivan. We noted some ergonomic glitches: The shift lever in the "D" position partially blocks the climate controls, and the traction-control and power liftgate buttons are placed down by the driver's knee where they are difficult to find.Exterior
Aside from the Honda Odyssey, no minivan on the market is as expressively stylized as the 2013 Nissan Quest. Although not as long or wide as the segment leaders, the Quest is taller than most of its rivals, by as much as three inches, which helps create a more open and roomy cabin. Its expansive surround of tinted privacy glass gives all inside a clear view out while keeping prying eyes (and cabin-heating sun rays) at bay. Standard equipment on S and SV trims includes 16-inch wheels, but 18-inchers are fitted to the higher-line SL and LE trims.
The base 2013 Nissan Quest S minivan comes with 16-inch wheels, cloth seating surfaces, a 60/40-split folding third-row seat, a 6-CD audio system and six airbags. The SV trim adds fog lights, a premium audio system with USB port, 1-touch power sliding side doors, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The SL gets 18-inch wheels, roof rails, a power tailgate, leather seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The range-topping LE adds a 13-speaker Bose audio system, blind-spot warning system, a power-return third-row seat, an air-scrubbing climate-control system, hard-drive-based navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment and the new Around View Monitor.
Aside from a few extras like splash guards, roof-rail crossbars and carpeted floor mats, options remain few on the 2013 Nissan Quest minivan. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system and Bose premium audio system can be added to the SL model, leather upholstery is optional on the SV and a dual-panel moonroof is available on SL and LE models.
Powering the 2013 Nissan Quest is a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Although the Quest doesn't have the most horsepower in the minivan segment, it does have the smoothest transmission and the best city fuel economy of 19 mpg.
260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
240 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 mpg
By frankid82 on Monday, October 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "CVT with 3.5 engine, very sharp! and simplicity..."
Cons: "the shift knob should be relocated."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"an excellent choice, seats are easy to fold, dashboard and cluster are nice, colors are pretty, good ac for this desert, comfy, the third bench is convenient, rear ac is wonderful, suspension is good quality. you can feel nothing on the highway is so easy and the most important thing for me is the engine and transmission are very sharp! 3.5 with a CVT, no shifts and very safe, strong and soft..."
9 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By MNBlues on Monday, March 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,500overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Cons: "poor build quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I like the ride and transmission of my 2012 quest but when it is cold the rear sliding doors rattle almost constantly. Nissan seems unconcerned with this issue and the dealership has replaced numerous parts. In the summer all is well but in MN there is too much winter to be acceptable. Various other trim parts inside the car rattle as well as issues with the construction of the seats leave me disappointed with the vehicle as well as Nissan. If you live in colder climates I would avoid this vehicle at all costs!"
4 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Boston ma family on Friday, March 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,809overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, luxurious, features, controls"
Cons: "gas mileage, minor wind noise,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We are a Nissan family I have been buying this product since 1994 now had nothing but great reliable vehicles from Nissan. I still own a Altima, Versa, Juke and now Quest purchased in Oct 2013 its the best in options and comfortable interior than ever. Ride is smooth, V6 engine makes the van an pleasant to drive love the styling of it. The controls are perfect along nice displays and navigation is at best on voice commands which is overall great on Quest SV might be top of the line looking but its a really great minivan for its money. I am happy with our 8th Nissan as is will maintenance them and planning drive until 200K miles before traded but think will keep the last ones we purchased few years ago and recently this one purchase couple months because its a great minivan ever."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Eli on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,500overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Unresponsive dealer reps as noise problems."
Cons: "Wind noise unacceptable."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Interior space not used to full potential. Front center console is too small and interior space is not accessible from the top. In Mn with the snow the doors carry an unacceptable amount stuck to the bottom because the doors extends to the bottom of the carriage. When it freezes you have a problem. We have what I call an owl in the rear. I have had it in to the dealer they have replaced the front passenger door rubber, changed elephant ears outside mirrors and still the noise is there. It's and unacceptable amount of noise. I have had no luck trying to find/locate a factory rep. I have had a Voyager, Caravan, Sienna, and this Quest. The ride is very good but the problems make the ride unacceptable."
7 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Big John on Monday, January 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, Power, Ride"
Cons: "Lack of controls on steering wheel on S model"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought new much less expensive than Honda or Toyota for same base model line. Very comfortable ride, good power from V6 and smooth transmission. 32,000 miles no problems. S model could use steering wheel controls if you are tall like me it's a reach for the media and ac controls. Plenty of storage with third seat down and under rear deck."
9 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Uncle Lar on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very comfortable for passengers, great mileage"
Cons: "Loved it until the transmission slipped"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Transmission completely shut down (disengaged) pulling a 2000 lb boat and trailer up a slippery ramp. Dealer could find nothing wrong - no codes. Buying a AWD Explorer!"
10 people out of 32 found this review helpful