The Nissan Quest is a seven-passenger minivan that was introduced to the market in 1993. The 2002 Nissan Quest has dual sliding rear doors and a roomy interior, making it a great family vehicle. While Nissan tried to make the Quest more attractive to buyers, the model did not gain the massive following that the company thought it would have.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Quest GXE, Nissan Quest SE, Nissan Quest GLE
For the 2002 model year, the Nissan Quest received new 16-inch alloy wheels for the GXE and SE trims. All models got new exterior colors and revised options packages.
The standard exterior features for the 2002 Nissan Quest GXE include: 16-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent windshield wipers, rear swing-out opening quarter windows, rear defogger, intermittent rear wiper, roof rack, privacy glass, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, and power windows. The SE trim adds a roof rack and power heated mirrors. The GLE trim adds a power-opening rear quarter window.
The Quest is a near-twin of the Mercury Villager. Ford and Nissan engaged in a joint venture to create a minivan that could be built and sold in the United States. The Quest and the Villager both share the same platform. Even though the wheelbase measures at 112.2 inches, the Quest is 4.6 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider to create more interior room. It has five doors: two front, two side sliding doors, and a rear liftgate door. The overall exterior appearance is plain and nondescript; it is an average-looking can that will get lost in a sea of more attractive minivans.
The interior features of the Quest GXE include: cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, folding/reclining second-row bench seat, cruise control, speed-sensitive power steering, 12V power outlets, tilting steering wheel, air conditioning, and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo system. The SE trim adds: cruise and audio controls to the leather trimmed steering wheel, external temperature display, trip computer, and a seven-speaker in-dash CD stereo system. The GLE trim has a six-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar support adjustments, a power four-way passenger seat, leather upholstery, and a universal remote transmitter. It also has a tri-zone climate control system, simulated wood on the dashboard and doors, and leather and wood trim on the tilting steering wheel with integrated cruise and audio controls. The driver’s seat has memory settings for one driver and the seven-speaker CD audio system has an in-dash six-disc CD changer.
The versatile passenger space is Quest’s strong suit. You can create 24 seating combinations with the second-row bench seat or 66 variations with the second-row captain’s chairs. The second-row seat can fold down into a table or be removed. The third-row seat can also fold into a table or it can fold all the way down to create more cargo space. It can slide all the way forward to store behind the first row, but it cannot be removed. The dashboard has a convenient layout with the audio and climate controls mounted high for easier access. The optional rear entertainment system has an overhead monitor and video cassette recorder. If you get the optional sunroof, you can get the monitor mounted in the floor.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Nissan Quest is powered by a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine that makes 170 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a four-speed automatic transmission and it has front-wheel drive with front-independent suspension.
The steering is sharp and the well-dampened ride motions are more indicative of a sport sedan than a minivan. It has less body roll than most minivans and it has good grip thanks to the longer wheelbase and low-profile tires. The ride is firm and controlled and handling is very good. The size is small enough to make it easy to maneuver in tight spaces.
Standard safety features for the 2002 Nissan Quest includes: four-wheel ABS, dual front airbags, rear child door safety locks, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, child seat anchors, and electronic Brake force distribution. The SE trim adds fog lights and an anti-theft alarm system. The GLE trim adds dusk-sensing auto delay-off headlights.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Quest five stars for frontal-impact protection for the driver and front passenger and front side-impact protection, and four stars for rear side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a “poor? rating for frontal-offset crash results.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Quest GXE: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Nissan Quest SE: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Nissan Quest GLE: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Good size
- Lots of bang for the dollar
- Interior flexibility
- Passenger and cargo room
- Control layout
You Won't Like
- Meager acceleration
- Cheap interior materials
Far behind the competition when it comes to comfort, power, and modern comforts, but it offers good value.
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