Reviewers describe the Nissan Quest as a uniquely styled and cool minivan. Its appeal largely sets it apart from its rivals, many of which look conventional. It also feels like a luxury SUV inside. The top-of-the-line model is packed with gadgets and other features families will surely love. But the Quest is not complete. Other entrants in the segment offer better fuel economy, cheaper price, and all-wheel drive option. Nevertheless, family-vehicle shoppers should not miss to check out the 2014 Nissan Quest.
UNDER THE HOOD
The 2014 Nissan Quest is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Its front wheels receive power from a continuously variable transmission or CVT.
According to the EPA, the Quest returns 19 mpg around town, 25 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in a combined cycle—ratings that are nearly unmatched in the class. Its towing capability is a decent 3,500-pound.
ON THE ROAD
Many reviewers are especially happy about the Quest’s excellent ride quality which, they say, is the best in class. The compliant suspension effectively keeps the ride smooth by competently absorbing bumps and any road imperfection. Wind and road noises are also hushed.
Steering is precise and feels sporty in corners, but it sometimes feels heavy at low speeds. The V6 engine gives the Quest adequate power and works well with the CVT. Both react quickly, making passing maneuvers easy and pleasant.
INSIDE THE 2014 QUEST
From the inside, the 2014 Nissan Quest looks like a luxury vehicle. The design is neat and classy and the quality of materials is above average. The controls in the center stack are logically arranged, making it easy for the driver to reach and use them.
Gadgets abound as you move up the model lineup. Some of the most notable ones are power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, around-view monitor, 8-inch navigation touchscreen, blind spot warning system, advanced climate control system, DVD entertainment system, Bose audio system and power-return third-row seat.
But unlike some minivans, the Quest can only accommodate up to seven passengers. All seats are comfortable, though, and the sliding, folding and reclining features make carrying huge items easier.
The cargo area trails behind many of the Nissan minivan’s rivals. With all seats in user positions, the cargo space measures only 25.7 cubic feet. With the third row folded flat, it is 63.6 cubic feet. The maximum capacity is 108.4 cubic feet with both second- and third-row seats folded.
The 2014 Nissan Quest has four trim levels.
Some of the standard features on the Quest S include 16-inch wheels, smart key with push-button start, tilt/telescoping steering column, cruise control, removable second-row center console, sliding/reclining/fold-flat second-row captain’s chairs, 60/40 split fold-flat third-row seat, cloth upholstery, wood-tone interior trim, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system, and auxiliary audio input jack.
The Quest SV has 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, rearview monitor, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 6-speaker audio system with 4.3-inch color display, satellite radio, and USB/iPod connectivity.
The SL trim equips the Quest with several pieces of upgraded equipment like 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, power liftgate, roof rails, side mirror turn signals, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and leather-wrapped shift knob.
The LE trim is at the top of the line and features xenon headlights, around-view monitor, voice-activated navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen monitor, advanced climate control system, 4-way power front-passenger seat, driver memory seat, power-return third-row seat, 13-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, DVD entertainment system (with 8-inch color in-dash monitor, second-row 11-inch auto-dimming DVD monitor, two wireless headsets, remote control, dual media playback capability and auxiliary audio/video input jacks), and blind spot warning system.
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