What We Drove
Unfortunately, the mileage never hit much above 18 mpg, so what didn't go toward gas bought burgers in the hotel diner with an "Elvis" show. And after a 500-mile journey, the "uncomfortable" Quest failed to win any fans. Overall, our editors agreed.
Why We Drove It
Fun to Drive
For 2007, there are a few notable changes to the Quest's design, most significantly to the interior. The 2006 Quest housed its gauge cluster atop the center dash rather than behind the steering wheel, a move that, despite being attempted by other manufacturers, has failed to gain approval from U.S. buyers. That Quest also featured a distinct vertical dash column with a near-horizontal instrument panel. For 2007, the gauges are behind the steering wheel and that center stack has been better integrated into the dash design. Exterior updates include new wheels, a more attractive grille design, and slightly revamped lenses. The result? It looks much like the same ol' Quest, unless you're intimately aware of the previous dash layout.
Price of Test Vehicle: $40,865 (including a $605 destination charge)
Engine Size and Type: 3.5-liter V6
Engine Horsepower: 235 at 5,800 rpm
Engine Torque: 242 lb.-ft. at 4,400 rpm
Transmission: Five-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): 18/25 mpg
Observed Fuel Economy: 17.8 mpg
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2nd Opinion -- Fabin
When it comes to minivans, there are a lot of expectations. You expect comfort, plenty of storage, lots of cupholders, and a great overall value. The Nissan Quest appears to not have been designed to meet those typical expectations, instead focusing on qualities not normally associated with a minivan. While its seats are very uncomfortable, its cupholders and storage bins limited, and high sticker price erases any value, it does offer a slightly sporty driving experience. The brakes are strong, the steering well weighted, and the engine relatively responsive, though our test car's transmission was not always smooth. My recommendation is to consider the Hyundai Entourage or Kia Sedona, both offering a much greater value at a far lower price.
2nd Opinion -- Sullivan
For a minivan, the Quest is powerful, nimble, and features precise steering and braking, but if you are considering a minivan for more traditional reasons - like comfort, convenience, and value - it's not up to par with the competition. The driving position is awkward, the front and second row passenger seats are both stiff and uncomfortable, and family necessities like cupholders and storage compartments are scarce. In terms of performance and cargo room, the Quest does the job, but if you buy one, you'll probably have to deal with some cranky passengers.
Photos courtesy of Ron Perry