Four power-packed makes are offered for Nissan Quest. Prices vary from $23,450 to $32,350. Standard and optional Nissan Quest parts and features vary for each model. Standard power train for 3.5, 3.5S, 3.5SL and 3.5SE is a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine rated at 240 hp @ 5,800 rpm and 242 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm matched with four speed automatic transmission for 3.5 and 3.5S and five-speed automatic transmission for 3.5SL and 3.5SE. Added engine features are variable intake system, Nissan direct ignition system, platinum-tipped spark plugs, electronic drive-by-wire throttle and continuously variable valve timing control system. The responsive four-wheel vented disc brakes come with for wheel anti-lock braking system. Electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. For suspension and steering, stand-out features are front independent strut-type suspension, rear multi-link beam suspension, front and rear stabilizers and sensitive powered engine speed assisted with rack-and-pinion steering.
Outside, Nissan Quest is equipped with standard muscular 16" x 6.5" steel wheels with bolt on wheel covers for 3.5 and 3.5S, 16" x 6.5" 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels for 3.5SL and 17" x 6.5" 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels for 3.5 SE. Of the three car makes, SE is offered with more features which include headlights that can be turned on and off automatically, fog lights, puddle lamps, cornering lights, outside mirrors with dual power heating systems, driver and passenger side mirrors that can be reversely tilted down, dual sliding rear doors, rear passenger and driver sides power sliding door, power liftgate, rear sonar system, roof rack side rails, roof rack crossbars, Skyview glass-paneled roof and front UV-reducing glass and rear privacy glass.
Careful considerations in choosing the right car parts and acar ccessories that will reflect the distinct style and performance of Nissan Quest is done by the company. The design is considered as the most vital point of contact between the manufacturer and the customer as what Shiro Nakamura, Nissan Design Director, mentioned. Analysis of the latest trend for all car types may it be a station wagon, truck, van or SUV is done with utmost care to ensure satisfaction of customers from various generations and locations.
Safety is one of Nissan's important concerns. The safety features of all Nissan makes including Nissan Quest revolves on three aspects, information, control and impact. Added features like heated outside mirrors, fog lights and auto-dimming rearview mirrors gives the driver better ability to assess the visual road information for better driving. Technological controls are constantly improved to achieve maximum control over the vehicle's driving mechanisms. As with the impact, several safety features are added and improved to minimize impact to the driver and passenger in cases of vehicle accidents and collisions.
My Nissan Quest's left turn signal light got damaged and stopped working, and I have a long trip planned next week. I'm thinking about having the light fixed when I return from the trip. How serious is a damaged turn signal? Can I drive without it?
There are two things you need to think about in this kind of situation—legality and safety. Failing to signal when turning is ground for getting a ticket. Sure, it's not a serious traffic offense, but there will always be cops who would pull you over for not signalling. And even if you can reason out that you have a damaged turn signal, you can still get a ticket for just that—for driving with a broken light. More importantly, though, you can get into a road accident. Hand signals are not always reliable as they can be easily missed by drivers who are in a hurry. So, choose the safe option and go get a replacement. It will only take minutes to install.
We just had our first baby, and we're going on an overnight road trip—my wife and I, our new baby, and our 3-year old kid. I'm wondering if there's anything I should get to make this trip as comfortable as possible for all of us.
The most important thing for a baby would be a baby seat. It should not only be of the correct size; it should also be properly installed in your vehicle. When shopping for a baby seat, always look for one that will be compatible with your Nissan Quest for easy and hassle-free installation. Another thing you can get is a rearview mirror, the one designed to provide you with a view of what's happening behind you. With two kids in the car, your wife's hand will be full. The right rearview mirror will allow you to check on the kids once in a while—won't hurt to have an extra eye. Aside from these, you will need to be sure that you have the basics for overnight driving. Check on all your car fluids, ensure that the tires are properly inflated, inspect your brakes, and have jumper cables ready just in case you encounter battery problems on the road.
I need extra protection for the floor of my Nissan Quest, but I can't seem to decide between floor mats and floor liners—they seem the same to me. What's the difference?
The difference lies on two things—appearance and function. Floor mats look better. They come with ridges and channels for catching dirt and spills. Floor liners are not as good looking (they can be a bit bulky because of their outer walls), but they provide more efficient protection. Floor mats can catch and contain dirt and liquid spill. However, floor liners guarantee that the spills and dirt won't overflow and leak on the edges—thanks to their outer wall. So, it really depends on the dirt you usually have in your vehicle. For light dirt and spills, a floor mat will do. But if you need heavy-duty protection, go for a floor liner.
The Nissan Quest’s Journey to the Top
When Nissan talked with Ford about the production of an entry in the minivan segment back in 1987, the automaker did not anticipate the rigorous journey that the Nissan Quest would take on its way to the top. It might have taken a long time and several stumbles along the way, but patience paid off for the Nissan Quest when it finally took its spot among today’s top minivan choices.
1993: First generation
Starting as a joint venture between Nissan and Ford, the Nissan Quest made an average entry into the minivan market in 1993. The first generation Quest featured many decent characteristics of a midsized minivan: a 3.0 L V6 engine that outputted 151 horsepower, a 4-speed automatic transmission, and a seating capacity of seven. Nissan’s partnership with Ford also brought about the Mercury Villager which was Ford’s rebadged version of the Quest.
Although the Nissan Quest was a good step up from the discontinued Nissan Axxess, it didn’t quite make a splash during its first generation. Due to some issues with interior space and the seating layout, the first generation Nissan Quest had a tough time competing with more polished minivans from other automakers.
1999: Second generation
When the second generation Nissan Quest rolled out in 1999, it had just as tough a time gaining ground as its first generation—especially with Toyota’s 1998 introduction of the Toyota Sienna in 1998 and the continuous success of other vans like the Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Town & Country.
Although it wasn’t quite at the top of the pack yet, the second generation Nissan Quest managed to coast through the minivan market with an engine boost and a sleeker design. The Quest offered a 3.3 L V6 engine with 170 horsepower and three trims: the base GXE trim, the more luxurious GLE trim with leather seats, and the midlevel, sport SE trim. More design and functionality upgrades included a sliding door for the driver’s side, a sunroof for the GLE and SE trims, seatbelt pretensioners, better sound system, and a more spacious cargo area.
2004: Third generation
By the Quest's third generation, Nissan and Ford already put an end to their joint venture. As a result, Nissan adapted the platform of its very own Altima and Maxima for the Quest’s 2004 redesign.
The third generation Quest had some nice upgrades such as a roomier cabin, four trim levels, and better handling. Sharing the award-winning VQ engine with the Altima and the Maxima, the third generation Nissan Quest started to gain its footing in the segment although it was still overshadowed by several other minivans.
2011: Fourth generation
The fourth generation is when the Nissan Quest was finally able to break into the top minivan choices. The 2011 Nissan Quest had a much sleeker look compared to the other conventionally-designed minivans. It also featured four trim levels that offered a wide array of upgrades, really smooth handling, a hefty 260 horsepower from its 3.5 L V6 engine, and an overall more luxurious feel.
With its markedly improved style, comfort, and functionality, the Nissan Quest finally became one of the big four in the minivan segment.