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2014 Nissan Quest

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/15/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

The Nissan Quest enters the 2014 model year largely unchanged except for the addition of Titanium and Gun Metallic paint options, which replace Platinum Graphite and Titanium Beige.

Vehicle Overview

The Quest is Nissan's seven-passenger minivan and sits alongside the seven-passenger Pathfinder crossover and below the eight-passenger Armada SUV in their lineup. While the crossover segment struggles with the challenges of packaging seating for seven, the minivan remains the logical choice for buyers who need family-friendly features.


The 2014 Nissan Quest comes with a 260-hp 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 240 lb-ft of torque. Power flows through a CVT to the front wheels, and the EPA folks estimate the fuel economy as 19/25 mpg city/highway.

In a First Test of a 2011 Nissan Quest, we noted: "While Nissan realizes parenting is far from easy, it believes the Quest can at least make the life of a parent easier. To that end, the Quest comes standard with the aforementioned fold-flat second and third rows as well as a smart key with pushbutton start and a removable second-row center console. Innovative and helpful options for mom and pop include a power tailgate, Bluetooth, backup camera, navigation with 8-inch display, blind-spot warning, HID headlamps, 120-volt AC power outlet, and power sliding doors that open or close with the touch of an exterior handle-mounted button. (Rather than having to pull a handle to power-operate a door, the one-touch button makes operation easier for a parent with his/her hands full.)"

The 2014 Nissan Quest has not been evaluated by the NHTSA, but in IIHS testing it received three scores of good and one of acceptable (for roof strength; the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

After spending a year driving our long-term 2011 Nissan Quest, one editor compared it to a Honda Odyssey after a week of driving the Honda, saying: "As much as I like the Honda's extended range, flashier styling, and sportier feel, what makes a minivan really attractive to me are its conveniences and ease of use; thus, I'll take the Nissan. The Quest offers an easier, better entry system, handy fold-flat second and third rows, and ample storage space that includes a covered bin that's always available. For my trip, it's Quest over Odyssey." The Quest was faulted, though, for a so-so range, coming in about 100 miles sooner than the Honda or Toyota competition.

You'll Like

  • Lots of family-friendly features
  • Folding both rear rows makes a flat cargo-moving space
  • One-touch power rear doors

You Won't Like

  • So-so fuel economy
  • Only seats seven
  • Initial throttle response is lazy

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Sienna
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Chrysler Town & Country


3 star


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