“The Quest’s use of space is disappointing. It’s still a big vehicle in the grander scheme, and front-seat passengers won’t lack for leg or head room, or for storage of small items. From there, the Quest slips behind other minivans, first with sliding side doors that don’t open wide enough to load in large people or objects. Second, it seats only seven while most rivals seat up to eight. The second-row seats fold forward, but don’t disappear into the floor, and they can’t be removed. The third-row seat folds flat, too, but stays in place while every other minivan’s third-row seat folds away to create a flat cargo floor. A lot of usable space is lost in the process, and in a type of vehicle that places a priority on seating, space, and safety, it’s a letdown.” -- thecarconnection.com
2016 Nissan Quest: Solid with a compromise on space
“The 2016 Nissan Quest’s overall ride quality is arguably the best of any current minivan, with ruts and bumps ably absorbed by the compliant suspension. Precise steering gives the Quest an almost sporting feel around turns, although the effort level feels needlessly heavy at slow speeds. Wind and road noise are silenced on nearly any road surface, providing a pleasantly quiet cabin.
The V6 delivers capable power, and we even prefer the Quest’s smooth CVT over the traditional automatic transmissions in some competing models. Instant response from the engine and transmission make it easy and pleasant to pass on the highway or climb steep grades. In past years, we’ve noted a steady-state drone from the engine when ascending grades (a result of the CVT holding the V6 at a specific rpm to provide a compromise between performance and efficiency). Nissan updated the CVT’s software last year, so we hope to see improvement in that area for 2016.” --Edmunds.com
“The Quest’s [fuel economy] is near the top of the class with up to 27 mpg, falling just under the Honda Odyssey’s highway rating but topping the Honda in city and combined driving. The Quest’s 260-horsepower V6 engine enables no-fuss acceleration, and the transmission’s revised programming that came last year makes this family van more responsive when you put your foot down. The luxury-car-inspired interior feels like it carries over into the steering and suspension, neither of which is as sharp as we’d expect in a Nissan, but the smooth ride and quiet highway manners make for a more than acceptable compromise, especially considering this van’s primary duty of hauling kids and family.” -- kbb.com
“Standard safety features in the 2016 Quest lineup include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, 3-row side curtain airbags, and a remote antitheft alarm. All trims other than the S offer standard front fog/driving lights, the SL and Platinum trims include standard automatic headlights and turn-signal-integrated mirrors, and the Platinum adds standard blind-spot warning and Nissan’s recently introduced Moving Object Detection (MOD) system. Unfortunately, all this extra safety technology doesn’t help improve the Quest’s crashworthiness: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives this Nissan mini its worst score of Poor in the front-offset small-overlap segment, and roof strength is rated at a second-best Acceptable.” -- cargurus.com
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