2012 Nissan Quest Video Review | Edmunds

2012 Nissan Quest Review

  • This 2012 Nissan Quest video review goes over its fuel economy, price, features, safety and comfort in all three rows. We also compare it to other minivans and discuss its many features.

    When you've got kids, nothing beats the functionality of a minivan. The Nissan Quest has never been a class leader, but there's plenty to like about the current van. It has strong acceleration, a very quiet ride, and dare we say a little bit of style.

    Pricing starts at less than $30,000, and loaded models go into the $40,000 range. This fully optioned LE model costs $44,000. The Quest seats seven. This should be enough for most people, but larger families should look at its competitors, which can all seat eight.

    Seating is spacious and luxurious in the Quest's first- and second-row captain's chairs. The third-row seat is mounted low to the floor, which is perfectly fine for children, but adults will find it a little cramped. Power sliding doors make life a lot more convenient and they're standard from the SV model on up.

    The LE model featured in the video has a power liftgate, too, and it frees up your hands when loading up the back. Cargo capacity is low for this class, mainly because the third-row seats fold forward, rather than tumbling into a storage well. The upside is that folding the seats takes less physical effort and you get a nice, level load floor.

    The Nissan Quest earned the top Good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for frontal-offset and side-impact crash safety. It received a slightly lower Acceptable rating for roof strength, which is one measure of how vehicles can fare in rollover crashes. Most competitors rate Good in this category. A back-up camera is standard on most Quests, and you'll need it as it's tough to see out the back of minivans.

    Driving this minivan is a pleasure. It has a very smooth, serene ride, and its V6 engine makes passing maneuvers easy. Some people might find the steering too heavy, however. Fuel economy is average.

    The Nissan Quest is one of our favorite minivans. It's not the best for hauling cargo or carrying big groups of people, but its quiet, comfortable cabin is highly desirable when you have sleeping kids on-board.

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