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1997 Nissan Quest Review
Perfect for a family on a budget.
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The 1997 Nissan Quest is a front-drive minivan that was designed to accommodate a family in comfort and style. Given its flexibility and performance, there is no surprise that this was the top-selling imported minivan for many years. Drivers get the satisfaction of a smooth driving experience, highlighted by an array of convenience features and car-like handling. Passengers enjoy a pleasant ride, highlighted by comfortable seating and plenty of room to move around. The dependability and toughness adds to its appeal, making it tough to beat.
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Quest XE, Nissan Quest GXE
The 1997 Nissan Quest gets a few new exterior colors.
The 1997 Nissan Quest has approximately a 190-inch length, 74-inch width, 66-inch height, and 112-inch wheelbase. It is smaller, compared to other others in its class. As far as appearances go, it is comparable to other minivans. It features body-colored narrow body side molding, body-colored integrated front and rear impact-absorbing bumpers, externally adjustable black door mirrors, halogen single bulb headlights, cornering lamps, fixed driver and passenger rear side windows, and a sliding side door. Power heated door mirrors, privacy glass, and a roof rack are optional. It weighs approximately 4000 pounds and sits on 15-inch wheels.
The interior of the 1997 Nissan Quest is roomy enough to fit seven passengers. There is a QUEST TRAC flexible seating system. In the front, there are cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a console that includes a storage area. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains gauges that are logically arranged for clear readability and conveniently-located controls for easy use. Behind the front seats are two rows of seating, which can be easily removed. The Quest features two cup holders in each row of seating and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included. Four captain chairs, one child seat, power door locks, and a CD player are optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Nissan Quest is packed with a three-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 151 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a four-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly for the most part but does not automatically downshift in the midst of climbing steep hills. Acceleration is pretty good, giving drivers the ability to pick up speed nicely and pass other vehicles easily when called upon to do so.
The 1997 Nissan Quest is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and leaf springs. This setup provides a smooth and stable ride, especially on the highway. However, body lean is noticeable during heavy cornering. Handling is comparable to that of a sedan, and power rack-and-pinion steering provides responsive feedback, allowing for precise control.
The 1997 Nissan Quest is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed. Side-impact protection has been improved.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Very reliable
- Ease of operation
- Good handling
- Nice interior
You Won't Like
- Below average gas mileage
- Excessive wind noise
Perfect for a family on a budget.
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