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2013 Nissan Quest Review

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The 2013 Nissan Quest is a versatile minivan that was built for family life, according to the manufacturer. Now in its third generation, this is a minivan that is boxy, but manages to still look good. From the outside, it has a tall profile with lines and design cues that make it feel sturdy and masculine. The interior, which seats up to seven across three rows of seating, has been designed for the comfort and enjoyment of all passengers. With four trim levels to choose from that range from the S base model through the SV and SL to the LE Premium trim, there is a 2013 Nissan Quest to suit all drivers and their passengers.

New For 2013

Changes for the launch of the 2013 Nissan Quest are minimal and include:

  • A back-seat DVD entertainment system that includes an 11-inch screen provides an option for the SV
  • The top-of-the-line LE comes equipped with a surround-view camera to aid with parking and getting out of tight spots


From the exterior, there are several features that distinguish the 2013 Nissan Quest from its competitors. The upright stance, highly stylized front end, and flared lines give it a muscular and masculine feel. The tinted rear and side windows combine with black pillars to give the impression of a floating roof, which leads to an almost vertical rear liftgate. While the 2013 Nissan Quest is both shorter and narrower than most minivans in its class, it is taller. In some cases, it gains as much as three inches on rival minivans, which provides plenty of headroom for passengers and creates an open-feeling cabin.

Standard exterior features include 16-inch wheels for the S and SV, while the SL and LE are fitted with 18-inch wheels. All models of the 2013 Nissan Quest use chrome prominently for the front grille, door handles, and the rear roof spoiler. Power sliding side doors are included on all models except the base, and the top two trim lines have a power liftgate at the rear.

Interior & Cargo

Although Nissan touts the Quest as its family minivan the interior, the design definitely comes across as more modern and contemporary than other minivans in its class. Feeling more like an adult vehicle than one aimed at a family of kids, the materials used in the 2013 Nissan Quest have a high-quality look and feel, aligning it more with the Infiniti luxury minivan. Faux wood trim is used throughout all the models, and the SL and LE have leather upholstery instead of cloth.

The 2013 Nissan Quest seats up to seven passengers across three rows of seats. It is one of the least flexible minivans in its class, as seating is provided over a three-passenger bench in the rear and two captain’s seats for the second row. All five rear seats fold forward to increase cargo space within the minivan. While the third row of seats folds flat, the second row does not, and they cannot be removed either, so this limits cargo space.


Standard safety features for the 2013 Nissan Quest include anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability control system, a tire-pressure warning system, front active head restraints, front-seat side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags for all three rows of seating. A blind-spot warning system and an all-around camera are available.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Nissan Quest is powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that provides 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque coupled with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) only. The minivan comes in front-drive only.

While the 2013 Nissan Quest is not one of the most powerful minivans in its class, it does have one of the smoothest transmissions. Although it is a large vehicle, it feels perky when driving, with a good response when steering and less body roll than what is felt in competitors. The CVT not only provides smooth handling while driving, but it allows the 2013 Nissan Quest to have fast acceleration from a stop and while at speed. It also has one of the best fuel economy ratings in the city, as its EPA ratings are 19/25 mpg city/highway. In its class, this minivan is one of the best for performance, driving, and handling.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Quest

  • Honda Odyssey
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Dodge Grand Caravan

See the New 2014 Quest.

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