Nissan Quest

The Nissan Quest is a minivan that has been in production and for sale in the U.S. since 1993. There have been four generations of the Nissan Quest, with the first two being a joint venture with Ford. Because Nissan was working with Ford when it released the Quest, the Mercury Villager was basically a rebadged version of the Nissan Quest. The Mercury Villager was discontinued by Ford in 2002, which lead to the Nissan Quest being completely redesigned for the release of its third generation.

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About the Nissan Quest

The Quest is Nissan’s only minivan. Nissan has tried to produce vehicles that lead the way in innovation, as well as style, and the same can be said for the Quest. Particularly for the later generations—Nissan tried to create a minivan that offered something for everyone. With each successive generation, Nissan included innovative technologies to improve the ride, handling, and the comfort of the Nissan Quest. With four different trim levels to choose from, drivers can find the right Nissan Quest to fit their needs.

Nissan Quest Features

There was no Nissan Quest for the 2010 model year. The fourth generation was launched for 2011 model year sales. For this generation, manufacturing was moved from the U.S. back to Japan. This Nissan Quest is built on the Nissan D platform, which is used by Nissan for its luxury van, the Elgrand. There are four trim levels currently available, including the S, SV, SL, and LE. All are fitted with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower. The engine is coupled with a continuously variable transmission that electronically moves through gears and acts as an automatic transmission. The Nissan Quest has dual side sliding doors, and in all but the S trim level, these doors are one-touch, power sliding doors. Anti-locking brakes, an antiskid system, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front and side airbags are standard safety features on all trim levels. A rearview camera comes standard for the SV, SL, and LE trim levels. A blind spot warning system is available in the LE trim level only.

Nissan Quest Evolution

The first Nissan Quest was unveiled at the North American Auto Show in Detroit in 1992. When it went on sale for the 1993 model year, it was fitted with a three-liter, V-6 engine that produced 151 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque with a four-speed automatic transmission. It was a three-door minivan that provided seating for up to seven passengers in three rows. The second row was removable and allowed the third row to move forward and provide more cargo space in the rear. There were two trim levels initially available, and except for a few minor styling changes, the Nissan Quest was basically identical to the Mercury Villager. As part of the deal between Nissan and Ford, Ford assembled the Quest in North America and was then able to rebadge it as the Mercury Villager. This first generation was in production until 1998.

The second generation Nissan Quest was launched in 1999. Both it and the Mercury Villager underwent a major overhaul for this new generation. The exterior styling gave the minivan a more aerodynamic look, and a driver’s side sliding door was added to make it a four-door minivan. The engine was updated to a 3.3-liter V-6 that provided an increase of 19 horsepower and 26 lb-ft of torque, but the only available transmission was still the four-speed automatic. Three trim levels were available for the second generation, and all had three rows of seating. As with the first generation, the third row could be moved backward and forward when the second row was removed.

In 2002, the Mercury Villager was discontinued, and this was also the second generation Nissan Quest’s last year of production. There was a one-year gap before the completely redesigned third generation Quest was available for sale for the 2004 model year. One significant change was that this new generation was built on the same platform as the Nissan Altima and Maxima, which made it longer than the previous generations. It was also fitted with the same 3.5-liter, V-6 engine used in the Altima and Maxima. The engine produced 240 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque and was coupled with a standard four-speed automatic. There were three trim levels to choose from: the S, SL, and SE. The SE trim level was fitted with a five-speed automatic transmission and 17-inch wheels. All three trim levels seat seven and were fitted with dual side sliding doors. This generation Nissan Quest was in production until 2008 for the 2009 model year.

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