02.20.17 - Nissan Quest

The minivan lineup seems to be headed toward extinction; at least that’s what we keep hearing and then some automaker comes out with a new minivan that captures our attention and revitalizes the segment. As you look at the segment the Nissan Quest is one of the elder statesmen of the group and it’s a minivan that continues to do what it’s supposed to do even if it’s not the most attractive or most advanced. The Nissan Quest is great at hauling a family of up to seven people where they need to go and it does so at a lower cost than the rest of the vehicles in this class.

When you look at the Nissan Quest as the minivan that you’re considering for your family is the difference between seven and eight passengers going to make a difference? Rather than cramp eight inside this shell, Nissan has steadfastly kept to a more comfortable seven passenger setup to allow your rear seat riders to feel more comfortable and be able to enjoy more space than in some other vans that make your rear seat riders feel a bit like sardines, especially in models with eight passenger seating.

Overall, the Nissan Quest is a great van for you to make use of as a family. With the lowest starting price in the market you’ll be able to enjoy everything about this minivan on the road. Because of this pricing point, you’ll spend less to move up to higher trims and if you do move to one of these trims with more equipment you’ll have a vehicle that feels like its crossed to the Infiniti luxury brand. This means you could have an interior that offers you leather seats with contrasting piping and a soft feeling of the dual-layer cushion. The inside of this van is impressively attractive, making it easy to love and perfect for your family.

Looking at what the Nissan Quest has to offer we need to start at the lowest trim level. The S model offers you push button starting, cloth upholstery, manual seats, an audio system with an auxiliary jack and the basic items you expect to have but none of the connectivity you may want. Moving up to the SV model you’ll have the benefit of a trim level that’s more connected for you. This trim adds power sliding side doors, tri-zone automatic climate controls, roof rails, a five-inch color screen that shows the feed from the rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and USB inputs.

While the SV trim is certainly more livable for any family, the SL trim is where you find a model that starts to show signs of luxury equipment. This trim adds the leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats. At the Platinum model this van becomes a luxury vehicle with the Around View rearview monitor, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, a four-way power passenger seat, an eight-inch color display, rear seat entertainment system, blind spot monitoring and xenon headlights.

There is only one powertrain used on the Nissan Quest that spans the entire trim group. This engine is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s good for 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to CVT automatic that uses the D-Step shift logit to simulate actual gear changes for you. This powertrain is capable of providing you with 20 city/27 hwy mpg which is generous enough for you to pay less at the pump than you would in some of the other models on the minivan market today.

When you’re shopping for a minivan one of the most important aspects of finding the van that will work perfectly for your family is to make sure you have one that offers great value. This means getting more for the money than you would with other minivans. The Nissan Quest offers you a great starting price and plenty of ways to have it with the features that you want to enjoy on the road. Let this be the right minivan that makes a huge difference for you and brings you the enjoyment of a vehicle that can take your family on some great adventures while being the daily hauler you need.

Written by Carl Durrek

Carl is a gaming fanatic, forever stuck on Reddit and all-around lover of food. He writes about cars for several publications and lives in northern California.

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