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2013 Nissan Quest KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $26,850

Fair Purchase Price $24,516
Fair Market Range ($24,060 - $24,971)

Invoice $25,082

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KBB Expert Rating 7.7 / 10
10/7.7
This Car - 2013 Nissan Quest
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/12/2012


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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

With such a well-thought-out interior, it's surprising Nissan left the 2013 Quest minivan without a multi-screen DVD entertainment system or seating for eight people. If these features matter to you, the Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna could make a better choice.

What's New for 2013

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 It 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.

Favorite Features

INTERIOR
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.


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