The Nissan Quest is a sleek minivan with a powerful engine that provides solid performance and handling. It is designed to carry people around in comfort without a particularly hefty price tag. With a smooth ride, the Quest makes a good family vehicle. In addition, the folding seats allow it to become a solid cargo transporter when needed.
There is a fairly wide range of models that can be appealing to different individuals. The 3.5-liter provides a very low price point by forgoing many of the less necessary features found in the other models; examples being power doors and more elaborate entertainment systems. On the other hand, the 3.5 SE boasts an impressive array of standard features, such Bose speakers, a six-disc CD player, a built-in subwoofer, additional airbags, and three-zone climate control. The range in models gives buyers a lot of freedom in determining how much they are willing to spend for a Quest.
Overall, the Quest is an excellent family vehicle for people that need to transport more than four occupants or carry large amounts of cargo on a fairly regular basis. The Quest performs almost as well as a sedan, despite the larger seating and cabin size. The higher price tag models also boast an impressive amount of standard features that are more typical to luxury vehicles.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Quest 3.5, Nissan Quest 3.5 S, Nissan Quest 3.5 SL, Nissan Quest 3.5 SE
The 2005 Nissan Quest received a substantial design overhaul. Unusual for most 2005 Nissan models, the Quest body was made slightly more angular rather than rounded out, compared to the older model. A threat deterrent system was made standard for all models. New optional features include satellite radio, leather seating with adjustable armrests, and a Bose audio. A new low-price point 3.5 model was added to the line-up. However, the original low-end 3.5 S model, received power doors and a reverse sensing system as standard features, justifying the increase in its price.
Unlike many of the other Nissan models, the 2005 Quest has a more angular body. It still has a sleek design, but it is less reliant on the smooth rounded edges seen in the rest of the Nissan line-up. The change is a significant visual improvement over the more rounded, older Quests, which had a slightly awkward, snubbed nose look to them. The Quest is now an attractive, compact minivan that has a slightly different aesthetic from most other Nissans.
The Nissan Quest has a roof rack on all models, which can be used to attach additional cargo. There are a few different styles of moonroof that can be added as optional features, including a powered model.
The interior of the Nissan Quest is more spacious and roomy than might be expected from its fairly small exterior. The rear seats have almost as much leg room as the front passenger seat, which is somewhat unusual for a minivan. A full-grown adult is going to be more comfortable in the rear rows of the Quest than in many comparably-sized vehicles.
The Nissan Quest also has a huge amount of cargo space when not carrying passengers. Both rows of seats nearly fold flat, allowing for a fairly large bed inside the vehicle. It does not have the same capacity a pickup truck or sport utility vehicle, but it can carry bulkier objects than most similar size vehicles.
Performance & Handling
The Nissan Quest is a quick, fairly agile minivan that handles almost as well as a smaller sedan. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which can effectively power significantly larger vehicles than the Quest, provides decent acceleration. The Quest might seem a little sluggish compared to a sedan. However, most vehicles with three rows of seating and a similar-sized interior cannot handle as well as the Quest. There is a slight performance drop off but not enough to detract from the other features of this vehicle.
The Nissan Quest has airbags equipped for all three rows of the vehicle. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and emergency brake assist are standard features on all models. The Quest received a five-star safety rating in front and side collisions from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Quest 3.5/3.5 S: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Nissan Quest 3.5 SE/3.5 SL: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Rear seats fold flat for extra storage space
- Powerful 3.5-liter engine
- Airbags for all passengers
You Won't Like
- Non-splitting third row bench seat
- Some of the plastics feel low quality
A high-performance minivan with numerous features and options to make it a more pleasant ride for the driver and passengers.
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