The 2014 Nissan Quest—Not Your Average Minivan

2014 Nissan Quest

For the 2014 model year, the Nissan Quest hasn’t changed too much, but that’s not a bad thing. After all, the 2013 Nissan Quest was a 2013 “Top Recommended Minivan” from Edmunds and Kiplinger’s “Best Car of 2013” in the most fuel-efficient vehicle category. For 2014, the Nissan Quest continues to deliver outstanding features beneficial to families, avid travelers, or those with active lifestyles.

Power

For one thing, the Nissan Quest doesn’t just putt-putt along. It has a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 24-valve timing system paired with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). Combined, this engine and transmission maximize power and efficiency, all the while creating a smooth ride.  You might ask, “How could a minivan be “efficient?” Thanks to the Quest’s electronic hydraulic power-assisted speed-sensitive steering, the amount of power pulled from the engine is minimized, gas mileage per tank is maximized, and steering is automatically adjusted based on your vehicle speed.

Exterior

The 2014 Nissan Quest has a superior exterior design that elevates its look from “minivan” to luxury family vehicle!  Consider how Nissan describes the 2014 Quest:

The Quest exterior styling combines fluid sculptural elements with crafted details to provide a fresh approach to minivan design. In front, the bold bumper and horizontal grille and headlights blend into the dramatic side character line and distinctive wheel forms filled with standard 16-inch or 18-inch wheels. The bold door sections and surfaces flow seamlessly into the rear “boomerang” taillights and tailgate finisher, helping create a look as if Quest was carved from one solid piece of sculptor’s stone.

Two other standout exterior features of the 2014 Quest is its full surround glass (standard privacy glass on SV, SL, and LE models) as well as offering one of the most wind-efficient designs in its class.

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Flexibility

The 2014 Nissan Quest offers car shoppers a lot of flexibility. There are four trims—S, SV, SL, LE—which is something new for the 2014 model year. Car shoppers can also customize their Quest to their driving needs with the various packages that are offered—DVD Entertainment Package, Leather Package, Dual-opening Moonroof Package, and the Bose® Audio System Package.

Inside the Nissan Quest, you’ll find even more customization options such as the 2nd and 3rd row folding seats, a permanent cargo well, available 8-way power-adjustable and heated driver’s seat, and removable 2nd row console.

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Convenience

For a minivan that can seat seven passengers and carry a lot of additional cargo, you can rest assured that Nissan has made efforts to ensure your time inside the Quest will be comfortable and offer you all the convenient amenities modern drivers and passengers enjoy. Ease-of-access features include dual rear sliding doors, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button start, and even a step-in height that is lower than competitive minivans.

Additional available features include one-touch power sliding doors and liftgate (standard on SL and LE trims) for those days when your hands are full, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone system, roof rails for transporting exterior cargo, available auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and compass, Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System for getting you anywhere you need to go, Trizone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) or Advanced Climate Control,  2nd and 3rd row manual sunshades, and even a 120-volt AC power outlet and USB audio connection so you can plug in almost anything, just like you do at home!

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Entertainment

Sometimes when you’re on one of those long road trips (or even short ones!), people get antsy in the car. Fortunately, the 2014 Nissan Quest has many available options to keep your friends and family entertained no matter how long or short your drive may be, or whether you’re stuck in unexpected traffic. For the Nissan Quest SV, an AM/FM/CD audio system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio (3-month trial subscription) offers more than 130 channels of music, talk, sports and children’s programming, beyond listening to your own CDs or standard radio stations. The available DVD Entertainment Package (available for SV, SL, and standard on the LE trim) features a 7-inch color in-dash monitor, 2nd-row 11-inch DVD monitor with auto-brightness, dual media playback with wireless headset capability and remote control, two wireless headsets and remote control, auxiliary audio/video input jacks, and a 120-volt AC power outlet. For those of you who also want superior quality sound when listening to music, the SL trim has an optional Bose® Audio System Package with AM/FM/CD and 13 speakers!

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Safety

Finally, because Nissan realizes the Quest is a vehicle that will likely be transporting multiple passengers, the 2014 Nissan Quest is equipped standard with all of the latest safety technologies including the Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy-Fill Tire Alert, Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System, roof-mounted side-impact air bags, and Traction Control System and Vehicle Dynamic Control. This last feature continuously monitors your steering and braking actions, senses any oversteer or understeer, and compensates by reducing engine speed and/or applying brake pressure to specific wheels. In addition, Traction Control System can sense front-wheel slip or spin and responds by instantly helping reduce throttle which helps you both regain grip and maintain control on the road (source). Additionally, the SV trim includes the RearView monitor. The LE trim includes the Around View® Monitor which creates a “bird’s-eye-view” of the Quest on the LCD monitor for safer and easier parallel parking. Also standard with the Quest LE is the Blind Spot Warning that alerts drivers when there’s a vehicle in your blind spot by an illuminated icon that appears on your outside mirrors and/or sounds an audible alert if the turn signal is activated. All of these safety features fall under the umbrella of Nissan’s Safety Shield® philosophy—a comprehensive approach to safety that guide the engineering and development of every vehicle Nissan makes.

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Conclusion

We hope you now understand why we feel the 2014 Nissan Quest isn’t just your run-of-the-mill minivan. We are confident that due to its modern styling, surprising strength, and vast offering of features that it is a vehicle sure to satisfy the needs of today’s drivers. If you’d like to test drive the Quest at our dealership, simply click on the button below to schedule a test drive. If you have any questions or comments about what you read today, please feel free to use the comment area below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for reading and we hope to see you at the dealership!

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Best Family-Friendly Nissans

Family Friendly Nissans

Nissan has one of the largest lines of vehicles available for drivers of all types. Whether you’re looking for a road-holding sports car, a fuel-efficient sedan or a family-friendly car, crossover or SUV, Nissan has just the vehicle to fit your needs. In this piece – the first in a series of category-focused posts – we’re going to introduce you to a few of the more family-friendly cars, crossovers, and the minivan in the Nissan line.

Cars

Versa Hatchback and Sedan – The affordable and fuel-efficient Versa is available in both a 4-door sedan and 4-door hatchback model. The Sedan features a 109-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the hatchback comes standard with a 122-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Each model comes with a five-/six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission and has front-wheel drive. With an EPA-estimated 27/36 miles per gallon (MPG) city and highway, respectively, and a spacious interior, the Versa is one of the most practical and multipurpose vehicles on the road today.

Cube – The spacious and comfortable Cube combines the cargo capacity of a wagon with the versatility of a compact 4-door to offer drivers more than expected in other vehicles in its class. The 4-cylinder, 122-hp engine, combined with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, provides an EPS-estimated 27/31 MPG city and highway, respectively.  The attention-grabbing exterior design and tall, roomy cabin provides the driver and passengers with tons of headroom; and with a sliding rear seat, there’s plenty of legroom for up to five.  The interior shape also pays off in cargo space. The side-hinge cargo door in the rear opens up and has a capacity of at least 50 cubic-feet with the rear seat folded down – more than enough to haul a considerable amount of luggage or gear!

Sentra – The newly-redesigned Sentra features a bigger, yet lighter, body style that is as refined as some of the more expensive luxury cars on the market. The Sentra sedan comes standard with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 130-hp and comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission.  The standard transmission is upgradable on all other trim levels to an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which uses a belt and pulley system to transmit engine power to the wheels rather than shifting through gears.  The Sentra boasts an impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30/39 MPG city and highway, and has a lower, more aerodynamic exterior that brings back the sportiness of earlier model years. It is the perfect balance of sensible, comfortable, economical, and sporty!

Crossovers

Juke – The all-wheel drive Juke features a sleek body with a powerful 188-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which helps drive the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) while still providing drivers with an EPA-estimated 27/32 MPG city and highway. As Nissan’s entry-level crossover, the Juke combines comfort with luxury, while keeping the price tag affordable. While it’s the smallest of Nissan’s three crossover vehicles, it truly gives rise to the saying, “Big things come in small packages!”  The Juke is an excellent choice for those desiring the benefits of a powerful vehicle with all the comfort and look of a luxury car.

Rogue – The Rogue combines the all-weather capability and commanding driving position of an SUV with the maneuverability and fuel efficiency of a mid-sized sedan. Featuring a 170-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Rogue gets 23/28 MPG – which is a little less than its smaller counterpart, the Juke.   However, the standard four-wheel drive makes up for the slight drop in fuel efficiency and was still voted by howthingswork.com as one of its 5 crossover vehicles with the best fuel economy in its class. Sleek and dashing compared to others in its class, the Rogue offers 58 cubic-feet of cargo capacity, but still provides a comfortable ride for 5 adult passengers. This is a great mid-level crossover that blurs the lines between what a car and an SUV can do.

Murano – The Murano is the largest in the Nissan crossover line.  With its 260-hp, 3.5 Liter, V6 engine, combined with Intelligent CVT® and either front-wheel drive or Intuitive AWD, the Murano excels on every level!  In addition, the standard vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering enables the Murano to adjust steering sensitivity according to the speed it is traveling.  So, vehicle handling becomes more nimble at low speeds, making parking and reversing easier, while at high speeds the system becomes more rigid, increasing feel and response, according to Nissan.  Even with all the added features, fuel efficiency isn’t completely given up as the Murano gets 18/24 MPG city/highway, respectively.

Minivan 

Quest – The Quest is the quintessential family vehicle. A minivan which seats seven comfortably, the Quest is powered by a 3.5-liter, 260-hp, V-6 engine with the standard Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The newest and latest fourth-generation’s bold styling, interior refinement and performance set it apart from models of the past, while still incorporating its high level of safety and fair fuel economy (19/24 MPG city and highway, respectively) for its class. The 2013 Quest comes standard with push-button start and a stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include power sliding doors, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation and Nissan’s around-view camera system.

Are you in the market for a family vehicle? Do you and your family own any of these vehicles? Let us know what you think in the comments section below – we always appreciate your feedback!

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