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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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.

Nissan Quest AroundView Monitor Nissan-Quest-BSW

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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The 2012 Nissan Quest
The #1 Vehicle for Busy Families!

The 2012 Nissan Quest is an ideal family car for your busy life.

The 2012 Nissan Quest is the perfect minivan for your active family! Whether you’re driving your child off to college, scooting around town doing errands, using all seven seats to drop the kids off at practice, taking all the gear to the game, or driving 1,500 miles on vacation – the Quest has you covered!

Did you know that SmartMoney magazine rated the 2012 Quest as the #1 recommended vehicle for family haulers? The Quest was chosen for this distinction due to its powerful V6, a 260-hp “powerplant” it shares with Infiniti’s EX, FX, and JX models. SmartMoney also gave a nod to Quest’s continuously variable transmission (CVT), which provides a quiet drive and excellent fuel economy. The 2012 Nissan Quest’s impressive interior and unexpected bonuses like an available backup camera and keyless entry system were mentioned in the analysis as well.

The MSRP of the 2012 Nissan Quest is nearly 8% lower than the average MSRPs of its closest competitor vehicles:  the Toyota Sienna, the Chrysler Town & Country Touring, and the Honda Odyssey. As with any vehicle, gas mileage varies with usage, weight and weather/road conditions, but the 2012 Quest gets slightly better fuel economy with city driving than others in its class. Owners rave about the storage capacity – some call it vast – under the third seat, even when the seat is stored! The Quest also has more head room and leg room in the front and third seating areas, assuring more driver and passenger comfort.

The 2012 Nissan Quest has more than ample interior space for your family.

Patrick Olsen recently wrote about his trip to take his daughter to college. This was quite a journey, because he drove 1,500 miles round-trip from the Chicago suburbs to upstate New York in a packed-to-the-gills 2012 Nissan Quest! He previously had the opportunity to travel in a Ford Flex crossover, so he was able to compare the two. One of the major accolades Olsen gave the Quest was for comfortable seating for both the driver and all passengers. Also, he compliments the storage under the floor in the rear, the excellent visibility for the driver even though the car was completely packed, and the engine power despite the added weight! To read more, check out the article here.

The 2012 Quest received the top safety rating of “good.” In addition to providing standard front-wheel drive, all-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, high-intensity-discharge headlights, a backup camera and a blind spot monitoring system, the Quest also has front and side-impact airbags and curtain airbags in all three rows of seating. Unlike the competition, the Quest offers front and rear height adjustable seat belts and vehicle security and immobilizer systems.

BreAnn Ahara, 2012 Nissan Quest owner and mother of two, said:

“There are three sets of lower latch anchors in the 2012 Quest, with two sets in the second row and a third set in the third row…Both my rear- and forward-facing car seats fit well in the second row. My husband and I also were able to fit our forward-facing convertible in the third row. A booster seat would easily fit into any of the rear seats.

Here’s what some of the professionals say about the 2012 Nissan Quest:

“The newest and latest Nissan Quest…is the most competitive model yet.  Its bold styling, interior refinement and smooth V6/continuously variable transmission (CVT) place it firmly in the discussion among the leaders of the pack:  the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.” – Edmunds

“It’s a minivan…if you’re a parent it can make life easier.  And that is something to smile about.”  – Road and Track

“Nissan’s ubiquitous 3.5-liter V6 provides ample power in all situations…” – Consumer Guide

 “Passing slower traffic on the highway is made easier thanks to quick reactions from the throttle and transmission, while there are advantages in fuel efficiency as well.” – Edmunds

“Quest’s tight turning radius aids close-quarters maneuverability.  Steering is responsive and has a solid, weighted feel.  Braking action is firm and smooth.” – Consumer Guide

“The Quest’s rock-solid new structure yields a wonderfully boom-free cabin as well as reasonably tidy handling, and the electrohydraulic speed-sensitive steering has positive on-center feel with a natural buildup in effort as one turns the wheel.  Smooth transitions are easy in the Quest, and that’s not something we say about every family box out there.” – Car and Driver

2012 Nissan Quest owners, however, have the most to say about their vehicle:

“The cargo area behind the rear seat is massive!”

“Interior is outstanding; styling is unique, rear storage bin is huge, ride and handling is great, decent gas mileage”

“The 2012 Nissan Quest SL is the best driving van I have owned, interior is beautiful, the kids love the DVD screen that drops down from the ceiling with the push of a button…fun to drive crossover feel with all the space needed for the kids and their stuff.  You have to drive this!”

“A great vehicle through and through.  I love the CVT on the Quest – the CVT is quiet and extremely smooth.  The interior is just unbelievable for a minivan.  It basically is a carbon copy of the Infiniti’s interior design.  Favorite features are CVT, power lift gate, simple fold flat seats.”

Many crossover vehicles, such as the Chevy Traverse, offer similar features to drivers. However, most crossover vehicles don’t provide the physical space necessary to transport up to seven people at a time, and still have some storage space! The 2012 Nissan Quest can transport up to seven people at a time with no drawbacks whatsoever. We know that you will want to come on over and take a look for yourself.

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