New for 2014The 2014 Nissan Quest is unchanged except for the addition of Titanium and Gun Metallic exterior colors.
OverviewThe Quest is Nissan’s minivan offering, sold in S, SV, SL, and LE grades, and only with front-wheel drive and a V-6.
SummaryThe 2014 Nissan Quest is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). As a family vehicle, the Quest prioritizes comfort with a chassis that filters out road imperfections from the cabin. Engine and transmission refinement is a Quest strong suit with “barely audible” engine noise and a smooth-operating CVT. Fuel economy is acceptable for the class with the EPA rating it at 19/25 mpg city/highway.
Inside the 2014 Quest’s cabin, occupants are treated to a well-appointed interior made with high-quality materials and easy-to-use infotainment controls. While cheap plastics are used in the interior, they are used only in lower panels and areas far away from touch points and padded areas. Room is ample for seven passengers or up to 143.5 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows folded. Additionally, an underfloor cargo well expands the Quest’s usability as a family vehicle. However, compared to competitors such as the Honda Odyssey, the Quest offers less seating flexibility and capacity due to the lack of an eight-passenger configuration.
The 2014 Nissan Quest has not been crash tested by the NHTSA. In IIHS testing, the minivan received a good rating in the moderate overlap front, side, and head restraints and seats categories, and acceptable in the roof strength test (good is the highest possible rating score).
What We ThinkThe Nissan Quest’s distinctive styling allows it to stand out from the rest of the competition in the minivan segment. However, in a 2011 review we noted that the weird styling makes it less attractive than more conventional offerings from Toyota and Chrysler. Additionally, quirks such as the placement of the spare tire under the second row mean it’s not in a convenient place for emergencies. Overall, the Quest is a viable choice for families looking for a minivan with a cabin that’s practical, spacious and user-friendly. In a 2010 First Drive review, we commended the minivan’s easy-to-use controls, stating that the “modern design is useful because it places controls within easy reach of the driver and front passenger.”
- Quiet powertrain
- Seating for up to seven
- Intuitive infotainment controls
You Won’t Like
- Controversial styling
- No option for an eighth passenger
- Spare tire positioning under the second row
- Toyota Sienna
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Honda Odyssey
- Dodge Grand Caravan