By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.6
In the world of minivans Nissan's Quest for 2014 takes a pretty convincing stab at pulling off "cool" without sacrificing any of the features that make a minivan so vital to the family. A tall roofline and wraparound glass set the Quest apart, as do an interior and a dashboard that would be equally at home inside any luxury SUV. Gadgets galore and clever features, such as the 1-touch power sliding door and power-return 3rd-row seat, make the Quest even more desirable. Of course, you could pay less and get more horsepower from the Dodge Grand Caravan or the Kia Sedona, but really, what price can you put on being cool?
If your growing brood mandates a minivan in your driveway, we can't think of a more uniquely styled one than the Nissan Quest. When loaded, the Quest feels more like a luxury SUV than a rug-rat ride, and its 19-mpg city rating should go a long way to easing frequent trips to the pump.
The Quest is good, but not complete. If you need seating for eight or a multi-screen DVD entertainment system, the Quest can't oblige. Also, the Quest is only offered with front-wheel drive, so if you need the added traction of all-wheel drive, Toyota's Sienna is the only game in town.
For 2014, the Nissan Quest gains some new color choices but otherwise carries over unchanged.
Driving Impressions Nissan's 2014 Quest achieves its superior fuel economy thanks to its gearless CVT, or Continuously Variable Transmission. The step-less transmission is not a new idea, but Nissan has perfected it...... allowing for full-time optimization of both fuel economy and power. The Quest moves smoothly and quickly from a dead stop, and its impressive 19-mpg city fuel-economy rating is matched only by the Honda Odyssey. The Quest's CVT receives power from a 3.5-liter V6 good for 260 horsepower, more than enough to move a loaded minivan. For a Nissan, we expected a little sharper steering and a stiffer suspension than what we found, but overall we wouldn't say we were disappointed. The softer suspension results in the Quest's ultra-smooth ride, a tradeoff we think most minivan users will appreciate. Those seeking a bit more feedback might be happier in the VW Routan or Honda Odyssey.
With tasteful leather seating (standard in SL and LE trims, optional in SV) and a well-coordinated color scheme, the interior of the 2014 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 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 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 Nissan Quest S minivan comes with 16-inch wheels, cloth seating surfaces, a 60/40-split folding 3rd-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 3rd-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 2014 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 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 impressive 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
The 2014 Nissan Quest S minivan has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,815, placing it below a base Toyota Sienna (about $28,000). A top-line Quest LE starts at $43,465 and can top $46,000 with lots of accessories, in line with the top-of-the-line Honda Odyssey Touring Elite (just over $45,000). Before heading to your local Nissan dealership to see and drive a Quest, we recommend you check its Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com to find out what others in your area are currently paying for it. If you're thinking ahead and wondering what the Quest will be worth in a few years, it should hold an average resale value, a little below that of the Sienna and Odyssey.
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 5 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."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful