Nissan introduced the third-generation Quest minivan in 2004. In 2004, Nissan made over the exterior and interior of the Quest, and it redid the interior again in 2007, with a more conservative dash and more accessible features.
A number of design cues separate the 2008 Nissan Quest from the rest of the minivans on the market. Its long shoulder lines and large incorporated headlights give it a bold look. The interior also shows the Nissan designers' creativity. For instance, the center stack features an easy-to-reach shift lever sprouting from the console.
The 2008 Nissan Quest proves enjoyable to drive and more eye-catching in its styling than previous models. It makes a good choice for enthusiasts in the minivan category. The engine offers plenty of power. The steering and handling are good, but the ride quality feels a bit stiff. Overall, though, it provides a much more nimble van than its dimensions suggest.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Quest 3.5, Nissan Quest 3.5S, Nissan Quest 3.5SL, Nissan Quest 3.5SE
Only minor adjustments have been made since the 2007 Nissan Quest models. On the base trim, an in-cabin filter and luggage roof rails become standard. The S standard equipment also changes for 2008. Rear back-up sonar comes in the Driver’s Package instead of standard. On the SL, the headlights gain an automatic on/off function, and audio controls mount on the steering wheel. The air-conditioning system also gets an upgrade to an automatic dual-zone setup. Finally, in the top-of-the-line SE, Bluetooth capability comes standard.
The exterior of the 2008 Nissan Quest looks quite stylish and improves as the models get classier. Very slight differences appear between the basic 2008 Nissan 3.5 and the 3.5S. All these differences concern the exterior. The 3.5S adds a power-sliding door on the right side, power rear vent windows, and an automatic liftgate. Stepping up from the 3.5S to the 3.5SL, the 16-inch wheels change from steel to alloy, and the 3.5SL gets automatic doors on both sides and heated side mirrors, along with some changes to the interior. At the top of the line, the 3.5SE has a luxurious, upgraded interior; 17-inch alloy wheels; and an automatic sunroof. Most of the improved exterior and interior features on the 3.5 SE provide options on the 3.5SL.
Standard features for all versions of the 2008 Nissan Quest include an eight-speaker audio system, an MP3 player, controls mounted on the steering wheel, an optional third row of seats, and an optional DVD player. No changes alter the interiors of the 3.5 and the 3.5S. The 3.5SL adds a power driver's seat and a backup camera connected to an LCD monitor. At the top the heap sits the 3.5SE. The interior of the 3.5SE features Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. It also has an all-leather interior. The 3.5SL and 3.5SE models also have the option of a navigation system. Most of the advanced interior features of the 2008 Nissan Quest 3.5SE provide options on the 2008 Nissan Quest 3.5SL.
Performance & Handling
All 2008 Nissan Quest 3.5s have front drive and a 3.5-liter V-6 capable of 235 horsepower. A five-speed automatic transmission comes standard on all models.
Airbags, front-seat head restraints, and traction control, come standard on all 2008 Nissan Quests. The airbags that come standard include both full-length side-curtain airbags and front-seat side airbags. All Quests also feature anti-lock brakes and brake assist. The 3.5 SE has added stability control that remains unavailable on the other 2008 Nissan Quest models. In all areas of government crash testing the 2008 Nissan Quest earns perfect marks.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Quest: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Overall stylish exterior design
- Many optional features
- More power features as models get nicer
- Variety of options
- Phenomenal safety ratings
- Impressive fuel economy
- Comfortably seats seven (two rows)
You Won't Like
- Optional folding third-row seats poorly designed
- Limited storage capacity behind the third row
- Looks a bit clunkier than some competitors
- Looks more like a van than an SUV
Some nice features and a great safety rating, but the disadvantages might lead one to look elsewhere.
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