The 2014 Nissan Quest: A Minivan and Mighty Competitor

Nissan Quest and Competition

The official start of the summer season is only a few days away. That means that the kids are out of school and parents are gearing up for summer camps, family vacations, and road trips. For plans that include multiple passengers, a minivan like the 2014 Nissan Quest can be a great family vehicle option. That said, there is a lot of competition in the minivan segment. So how does the Quest compare to the competition? Let’s take a closer look! We’re going to compare highlights of the 2014 Nissan Quest S, the 2014 Toyota Sienna L V6 7-Passenger, the 2014 Honda Odyssey LX, and the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring. For a further in-depth analysis, you can also find more information on the Nissan website.

Similarities

There are many similar features between these four models. When looking at the exterior, interior, mechanical, and sizing details, it’s a pretty tight race among these minivan competitors. Some of the similarities include (except where noted):

  • 4 doors, 7-seating capacity
  • Power drive and passenger side mirrors
  • Halogen headlights
  • Air conditioning
  • Separate climate controls for rear passengers
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
  • Front and rear beverage holders
  • Driver and passenger door bins
  • Overhead console storage
  • Locking glove box
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Manual tilting and telescoping steering wheel
  • Adjustable driver and passenger seating
  • Rear captains chair
  • Split-bench 3rd row seat folding
  • AM/FM radio and CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Standard speakers
  • Fading dome lights
  • Illuminated entry lights
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Fixed-interval rear windshield wipers
  • Rear defroster
  • Low fuel warning
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Maintenance reminder
  • Trip computer (except Sienna)
  • Standard safety features such as air bags, ABS, brake assist, traction control and vehicle dynamic controls

With so many similarities, it’s no wonder today’s car buyers are confused as to which make/model is best suited for their needs. That’s where the differences of the Nissan Quest come in to play. There are a few key features that separate the Quest from the other models. These differences can definitely have an impact on your decision-making, so let’s examine the finer points of the Quest next.

Standout Features

One of the biggest factors any car buyer considers is price. The 2014 Nissan Quest S has a lower starting MSRP than all three competitors and a lower destination fee than the Chrysler Town & Country.

Another detail that impacts your wallet is fuel economy. Typically, minivans aren’t known for their excellent fuel economy, but they are known for their ability to transport up to 7 people at a time! Nonetheless, the Nissan Quest actually gets better city MPG and the same highway MPG as the Sienna and Town & Country. In fact, the Quest was named Kiplinger’s “Best Car of 2013” in the most fuel efficient vehicle category. [source]

Quest FOBOn top of all that, the Nissan Quest boasts some handy technological conveniences! The Quest comes standard with Nissan’s Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition. Its “proximity key” with keyless entry and ignition allows a driver to unlock the vehicle by approaching it and/or simply touching the door handle! A key fob or keycard carried by the driver identifies the person to the vehicle. The driver is then able to start the engine by twisting the ignition switch, pressing a button, or touching a select portion of the vehicle’s interior. Technology such as this is only optional on the Town & Country, and unavailable with the Sienna and Odyssey. Also, for those times when your arms are full of cargo—groceries, kids’ sports equipment, luggage, etc.—the Quest comes with a standard fob-controlled trunk/hatch/door/tailgate. Again, this is unavailable on the Sienna and Odyssey.

Nissan knows that the most precious cargo of all is the people inside the vehicle. To protect everyone inside and the contents of the vehicle, the Quest comes standard with a vehicle security system that actually anticipates and/or detects an unwanted vehicle intrusion! A vehicle security system is optional with the Sienna, but not available with on the other two competitor model trims.

Quest CVTLastly, the Nissan Quest has a continuously variable transmission (CVT) versus the 6-speed automatic transmissions as seen on the other models. This was one of the standout features that made Edmunds.com choose the Quest as an Edmunds.com 2013 Top Quest Accolades collageRecommended® Minivan. Edmunds.com praised the 2013 Nissan Quest® for its “super-convenient fold-flat second and third rows and Nissan’s excellent continuously variable transmission (CVT).” [source]

Conclusion

There are many fine features on the 2014 Nissan Quest that make it a serious contender in the minivan segment. For more information on the Quest, you can read our full review. To see the Quest in action and determine for yourself if it’s the right vehicle for you, we invite you to schedule a test drive simply by clicking on the button below.

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