The 1996 Nissan Quest is one of the top-selling minivans. With handling that responds more like a sedan, the Quest is ideal for both long trips and daily use. It is very similar in design to the Mercury Villager. The fuel economy is good for a minivan. With a decent price point and a fully-loaded option in the GXE model, the Nissan Quest creates some stiff competition for other vehicles in its class.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 151-hp 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Quest XE, Nissan Quest GXE
Nissan adds dual airbags for the 1996 Quest to replace the motorized seatbelts. Other additions for this year include side-impact protection and optional child seats. New upholstery and color options are also available, along with remote keyless entry, a six-disc CD changer, a semi-automatic climate control system, and an automatic-on headlamp system.
The Nissan Quest comes in ten color options. The design is not as boxy or plain as most minivans. The GXE comes with a roof rack, which is optional for the Quest XE. The GXE and XE both come standard with the camping and towing package. The GXE comes with 15-inch alloy wheels. Both models include a rear window wiper.
The 1996 Nissan Quest comes with plenty of cargo and passenger space. As with most minivans, there is room to seat seven passengers. Cloth seating is standard, but the GXE can upgrade this to leather seating. Front and rear air-conditioning is optional for the XE and standard on the GXE. Both models come standard with an AM/FM/Cassette stereo system, and a disc changer is optional. Other standard features include tinted glass, a clock, a third row of seats, and air-conditioning. The gauges on the instrument panel are a bit small, but this is one of very few complaints about the Nissan Quest.
Performance & Handling
The 151-horsepower (hp), 3.0-liter, V-6 engine makes acceleration a breeze. With electronics to aid in gear changes, the Nissan Quest is extremely smooth and quiet on the road. Handling is extremely responsive. The GXE model comes standard with anti-lock brakes.
The 1996 Nissan Quest comes standard with driver and passenger airbags. The GXE model also comes with a four-wheel anti-lock braking system. An integrated child seat is an available option. During crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), the Nissan Quest received a ""marginal"" overall safety rating. During tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Quest received four out of five stars for driver safety and three out of five stars for passenger safety. Overall, the Quest offers decent safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Quest XE: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Nissan Quest GXE: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Fully-loaded option
- Cargo space
- Decent performance
You Won't Like
Sedan-like handling in a minivan.
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