The Nissan Quest is a minivan that has been in production since 1993. The vehicle was introduced thanks to a collaboration between Nissan and Ford. The Quest was initially a clone of the Mercury Villager, but has since gone on to become its own unique vehicle. The minivan is currently in its third generation of vehicle design, which was introduced in 2004. It competes directly with the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan and similar vehicles.

The current generation of the Nissan Quest is radically different from previous models. An innovative exterior design includes a distinctive grille, sloping lines and short nose. Minor upgrades since 2004 include redesigned headlights and freshened roof-rack rails. Overall dimensions for the minivan include a length of 204.1 inches, width of 77.6 inches and height of 71.9 inches.

The 2007 model year brought a new interior design that was intended to make the vehicle more user friendly. Notable changes include moving the instrument panel from the center of the dashboard to behind the steering wheel and improved build materials. The vehicle features three rows of seating that accommodate up to seven passengers. In the rear, the Quest offers average cargo space for its class, with 32.3 cubic feet of space available. Both the third and second row of seating fold flat for a maximum cargo volume of 145.7 cubic feet.

Nissan Quest Trim Levels

Four trim levels are available for the Nissan Quest – base, S, SL and SE. The base model comes standard with air conditioning with rear vents and controls, interior air filter, driver's seat height and lumbar adjustment, full power accessories, cruise control, remote keyless entry, stereo system with CD player and MP3 connectivity, rear wiper/washer and rear privacy glass. The S trim adds a sliding rear door on the passenger side, power liftgate, power rear-quarter doors, steering wheel radio controls and roof rails.

The SL introduces numerous standard upgrades to the lineup, including dual-zone climate control, 8-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, rear radio controls, stereo system with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer, heated mirrors, power sliding door on the driver's side, rearview camera, automatic headlights and alloy wheels. The top-tier SL rounds out the trims with leather seats, heated front seats, 4-way passenger seat, driver memory system, upgraded Bose sound system, satellite radio, power sunroof, Bluetooth link, fog lights and 17-inch wheels.

Nissan Quest Performance

The Nissan Quest is available with one engine option – a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 235 horsepower and 240 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission that provides 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway (according to EPA estimates). Fuel capacity for the minivan is 20.1 gallons.

Nissan Quest Safety

All Nissan Quest trims come standard with dual front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, brake assist and front-seat active head restraints. The S trim adds rear obstacle detection and the SL includes an antiskid system. In NHTSA crash tests the Quest performed well, earning a perfect 5-star rating in all but the rollover resistance category, for which it received four stars.

The 2009 Nissan Quest is mostly unchanged from 2008. The 2009 models have a new paint color, called Tuscan Sun, and there are now automatic door locks that work with a speed sensor as standard. These are the only two changes to the Quest’s current model year.

The Quest has four trim levels available in 2009. The base model is the 3.5 trim. The upgraded trim levels are the 3.5 S, the 3.5 SL and the 3.5 SE. All of the trims are seven-passenger vehicles that come standard with only the front seats. All of the seats in the second and third rows come as options only. The standard engine on the Quest is a 3.5 liter, V6 that comes with 235 horsepower, 236 pounds of torque and a five-speed automatic transmission. There are no other drivetrains available for the Quest.

There are many standard safety features on the Quest, including the Advanced Air Bag System from Nissan, roof-mounted curtain air bags for side impacts for all three seating rows, a tire pressure monitoring system and active head restraints in the front seat. Also standard on the Quest are remote window controls, auto-locking doors, illuminated entry, power windows, air-conditioning, cruise control with controls on the steering wheel, remote keyless entry, a tilting steering wheel, a small overhead storage console, a roof rack, a rear step bumper, 16-inch wheels, a steel spare wheel and gas-pressurized front shocks. The exterior comes standard with body colored door handles as well as body colored front and rear bumpers.

The powertrain comes standard with automatic locking hubs and an electronic transfer case. The suspension comes with front coil springs, independent double wishbone suspension in the front, rear coil springs and a limited slip differential. The Quest can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just over 6.7 seconds.