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 Uncle Lar (IL) 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!"
By CalBama (AL) on Thursday, September 26, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Been researching for over 6 months now ... settled on Sienna, Sedona or GC - butI had multiple concerns: 1. Price - Sienna 2. Reliability - Sedona and GC Almost pulled the trigger. On a whim, visited a Nissan dealership. I was initially turned off by the comments about high price, 'limited space' and lack of 8 seats. 99% of the time - we only have 6 passengers ... so ultimately, this became a contender. The year end clearance was the clincher. I get a competitive price and RELIABILITY. 1. Smoooooth CVT transmission 2. Great combined mileage (22 currently but still improving) 3. Permanent roomy storage - since 3rd row folds forward. 4. Competitive total 3rd row storage - 36 cu. Feet 5. Great driving dynamics 6. Quiet - inside and out (used to my noisy MPV) 7. Comfortable 8. Nice trip computer in the base model Wish List: 1. More USB ports 2. More cubbie holes (like the 2 level glove box in the Sienna and GC) 3. Base model has no tint 4. Backup sensors should be standard"
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Ratsnake (AL) on Monday, September 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 410overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reliable, Quiet, Plush, Smooth Transmission"
Cons: "Need USB ports!, Would prefer dials for the AC"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We needed to replace our 10+ year old Mazda MPV. Reliability was #1 (wife is driving 90% of the time - with the kids), followed by comfort and price. My short list was the Sienna, Quest, Sedona and GV. Once I started researching about reliability, the Quest leapt from #3 to #1. I was leaning towards the Sedona and GV all throughout the last 6 months --- but the reliability factor kept me on the fence. The comfort (sooo quiet, plush seating) was another factor. Having driven a Mazda MPV, I was yearning for some peace and quiet without sacrificing the driving dynamics. This was where the Quest once again trumped the Sedona and GV. Somehow, driving the GV and Sedona just didn't feel solid (long term). The materials (fit and finish) didn't seem it would hold up in 10 years. Plus, the GV was very quiet but the materials made me doubt it would remain rattle free in 2-3 years. Lastly - was the price. This is where the Quest broke the tie with the Sienna. I got a very good price on the Quest that the Sienna simply could not go near to. Initially, an 8-seater was critical - but since 99% of the time, we only have 6 passengers, this made the Sienna and its price less appealing. As far as mileage, I am averaging 21 combined after 400 miles on the odometer. It is creeping up. As far as the CVT and driving dynamics - buttery smoooth! It does not have all the bells and whistles as the GV and Sedona --- (but certainly more than the Sienna) but has far better quality and reliability than the Sienna - at a very competitive price."
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By D. (FL) on Saturday, September 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "space, large passenger areas, good stereo system"
Cons: "road noise, lack of storage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"It's not bad gas mileage or space for cost- plenty of easily accessible rooom- lots of conveniences inside- bluetooth, steering wheel controls for stereo and bluetooth, lots of airbags for safety- all and all not too shabby. However, the road noise in this van is pretty bad- and if you sit in the back seat during travel you can't hear conversation or the radio unless it's exceptionally loud. Also, when I compared to my friends vans we don't have as much storage space (like in the floor) as some other similar type vehicles. For me,it has been a great van, but ultimately I'm shopping for something a bit more like a crossover type vehicle and something that addresses the noise issue."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Quest owner (OH) on Thursday, September 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,250overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Drives great and excellent in the snow. Comfy seats. Storage is limited. Wish it had more room behind the third row."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Van Fan (Canada) on Friday, August 02, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Quality built, luxury interior, smooth powertrain"
Cons: "Lack of sun-shades in SL moder with DVD"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"If I could, I would give this van 11 out of 10. Why? You would too if you paid for a regular van and got an upscale model instead. Nissan made a mistake by not selling this van under their Infinity brand. This is the only luxury, high end van available on the market today. I find it very interesting that experts rank it the lowest(7.8) among the comparable competition, while the real, every day users rate the Quest highest at 9.2. Usually very happy or very unhappy users bother to write their opinions, that tells a lot. This is my 4th van. I buy them new and use for 5 years as a company executive vehicle. My first van was a domestic product, than I had Japanise - made in Canada/US vans. Disappointed with the diminishing quality of vans in the recent years, I was searching for a new product. Than in 2011 Nissan offered a totally redesigned, made in Japan Quest. I love the plush ride, very smooth reliable CVT transmission, best 260 HP engine on the market, and a very luxurios and comfortable interior. I love the ingenious "fold-down-flat" back seats for a spontaneous IKEA or garage-sale shopping, without a need to go home to remove the seats and return 200 km to load the furniture (happened to me). Under the floor storage is also huge. Observed gas mileage is pretty good 10L/100km (24MPG) highway and 11.8L/100km (20MPG)city for such a big van. So far, after 50,000 km (30,000 miles) I am extermally happy with this van."
12 people out of 16 found this review helpful