Have 3 growing teenagers and need 3 rows to keep the peace. Had settled on the Pathfinder until we read how poor the build quality is. Decided to (reluctantly) look at minivans. Looked at the Quest last out of frustration with the Odyssey and Sienna - both nice but the interiors have too much hard plastic.
The Quest has a beautiful interior and is a near-luxury vehicle in SL or LE trims. Yes, seats only 7 but the ride is superb and the view out is like an SUV with loads of glass. We bought the SL and too new to evaluate overall reliability yet, but will return after 3000 miles to update.
Nissan doesn't sell many so dealer may have to locate. You can drive a hard bargain for one too.
- Rear-view camera and overall visibility
- Luxury interior especially the seating and trim
- Bose stereo (optional but 13 speakers and great sound.
- Dual-opening moon roof (optional too, but both moon roofs open - unique to the Quest)
- Intelligent key system (be sure to turn off automatic door opening in settings for safety)
- Loads of cup holders and places for small storage.
- Looks. You either love how the Quest looks or you hate it. Nothing else looks like it for certain.
- Third row seats fold flat *forward* so you have permanent storage in the rear cargo area. Again, unique to the Quest.
- More power ports. People who buy minivans have kids who want to plug in their chargers. One in front and one in back with a USB and a true plug-in if you buy the SL or LE. However, Nissan manual says not to plug into the regular plug-in with the engine running. Go figure.
- You shouldn't have to buy the DVD system just because you want the moon roofs. Nissan does this with its vehicles and it makes no sense. Cost me $2100 for a DVD system my kids are unlikely to use as teenagers.
- It's a bit pricey but worth it - just be sure to drive a tough bargain using sites like Edmunds to do your research first to see what others are paying.