2014 Nissan Quest Expert Review

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 3.6 Comfort 3.8 Styling 3.5 Value 3.3

Editor's Overview

The minivan isn’t the coolest or sexiest vehicle on the road, but its practicality makes it almost essential to families on the go. In the 2014 Nissan Quest, you’ll find a minivan with eclectic styling, a stylish interior and all the functionality expected of the family hauler.

You'll Like The 2014 Nissan Quest If...

If your growing brood mandates a minivan in your driveway, we can’t think of a more uniquely styled one than the Nissan Quest. When loaded, the Quest feels more like a luxury SUV than a rug-rat ride, and its 19-mpg city rating should go a long way to easing frequent trips to the pump.

You May Not Like The 2014 Nissan Quest If...

The Quest is good, but not complete. If you need seating for eight or a multi-screen DVD entertainment system, the Quest can’t oblige. Also, the Quest is only offered with front-wheel drive, so if you need the added traction of all-wheel drive, Toyota’s Sienna is the only game in town.

What's New

For 2014, the Nissan Quest gains some new color choices but otherwise carries over unchanged.

Interior Features

The 7-passenger Quest’s great interior volume and handsomely appointed interior set the class standard. Everything you touch has a premium feel worthy of an upscale Infiniti vehicle. The creased faux-wood insert running along the dash and doors looks first-rate, and the perforated leather seating in the SE and LE trims (and optional in the SV) is unexpected in a minivan. We noted some ergonomic glitches: The shift lever in the “D” position partially blocks the climate controls, and the traction-control and power liftgate buttons are placed down by the driver’s knee where they are difficult to find.

Exterior Features

Aside from the Honda Odyssey, no minivan on the market is as expressively stylized as the Nissan Quest. Although not as long or wide as the segment leaders, the Quest is taller than most of its rivals, by as much as three inches, which helps create a more open and roomy cabin. Its expansive surround of tinted privacy glass gives all inside a clear view out while keeping prying eyes (and cabin-heating sun rays) at bay. Standard equipment on S and SV trims includes 16-inch wheels, but 18-inchers are fitted to the higher-line SL and LE trims.

Driving Impressions

Nissan’s 2014 Quest achieves its superior fuel economy thanks to its gearless CVT, or Continuously Variable Transmission. The step-less transmission is not a new idea, but Nissan has perfected it allowing for full-time optimization of both fuel economy and power. The Quest moves smoothly and quickly from a dead stop, and its impressive 19-mpg city fuel-economy rating is matched only by the Honda Odyssey. The Quest’s CVT receives power from a 3.5-liter V6 good for 260 horsepower, more than enough to move a loaded minivan. For a Nissan, we expected a little sharper steering and a stiffer suspension than what we found, but overall we wouldn’t say we were disappointed. The softer suspension results in the Quest’s ultra-smooth ride, a tradeoff we think most minivan users will appreciate. Those seeking a bit more feedback might be happier in the VW Routan or Honda Odyssey.

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Nissan Quest S minivan has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,815, placing it below a base Toyota Sienna (about $28,000). A top-line Quest LE starts at $43,465 and can top $46,000 with lots of accessories, in line with the top-of-the-line Honda Odyssey Touring Elite (just over $45,000). Before heading to your local Nissan dealership to see and drive a Quest, we recommend you check its Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com to find out what others in your area are currently paying for it. If you’re thinking ahead and wondering what the Quest will be worth in a few years, it should hold an average resale value, a little below that of the Sienna and Odyssey.

Notable Equipment

The base Nissan Quest S minivan comes with 16-inch wheels, cloth seating surfaces, a 60/40-split folding 3rd-row seat, a 6-CD audio system and six airbags. The SV trim adds fog lights, a premium audio system with USB port, 1-touch power sliding side doors, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The SL gets 18-inch wheels, roof rails, a power tailgate, leather seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The range-topping LE adds a 13-speaker Bose audio system, blind-spot warning system, a power-return 3rd-row seat, an air-scrubbing climate-control system, hard-drive-based navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment and the new Around View Monitor.

Notable Options

Aside from a few extras like splash guards, roof-rail crossbars and carpeted floor mats, options remain few on the 2014 Quest minivan. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system and Bose premium audio system can be added to the SL model, leather upholstery is optional on the SV, and a dual-panel moonroof is available on SL and LE models.

Favorite Features

INTERIOR

With tasteful leather seating (standard in SL and LE trims, optional in SV) and a well-coordinated color scheme, the interior of the 2014 Quest looks like it belongs in a much more expensive vehicle, one aimed more at accommodating grownups than schlepping kids.

CVT (CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION)

With no gears, as such, to shift, this transmission provides seamless power with little lag.

Under the Hood

Powering the Quest is a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Although the Quest doesn’t have the most horsepower in the minivan segment, it does have the smoothest transmission and impressive city fuel economy of 19 mpg.

3.5-liter V6

260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

240 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 mpg

Editors' Notes

In the world of minivans Nissan’s Quest for 2014 takes a pretty convincing stab at pulling off “cool” without sacrificing any of the features that make a minivan so vital to the family. A tall roofline and wraparound glass set the Quest apart, as do an interior and a dashboard that would be equally at home inside any luxury SUV. Gadgets galore and clever features, such as the 1-touch power sliding door and power-return 3rd-row seat, make the Quest even more desirable. Of course, you could pay less and get more horsepower from the Dodge Grand Caravan or the Kia Sedona, but really, what price can you put on being cool?

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2014 Nissan Quest Owner Reviews

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Overall good people carrier but lacking in amenities.

2014 Nissan Quest S

Overall I'm pretty happy with my Quest. It has good power and the CVT transmission is smooth. I purchased it pre owned, pre certified. With 3 kids it's really convenient and easy to get them in and out. It's a smooth ride and handles well for a minivan. It is the S model which is essentially the bare bones model. Tinted windows would be nice as a lot of sun does come into the car.. the only real problem I've had with it is very recently as it's developed a roaring sound from the front end. Unfortunately it's just rolled over 100,000 miles so the warranty is expired. Besides that it's been a very reliable vehicle.

- Stephen F

I would say check the automatic door opening and closing.

2014 Nissan Quest

My 2014 Nissan quest has been a great vehicle. We purchased it two years ago and it has been in good shape. There has been a few issues. A handful of times the rear passenger door would close immediately after you opened it without anyone hitting the button. My only complaint with the car doors opening and closing automatically is as it is closing if someone steps in the way it does not register it until the door tried to close on them first. In a car made for families it should have a sensor that does not let it even touch the person before stopping to close. It is closed on me and it hurts.

- Amanda T

Nissan is a great name when you're looking for a new vehicle.

2014 Nissan Quest LE

Have had no problems and great on gas..Ways a used 1 owner but have had to do nothing to it.. It's an overall great vehicle..Was very low miles when purchased have 4 grandbabies that ride in this car daily..I deem it very safe for them. Great interior very low maintenance vehicle..Not fully loaded but still a great overall vehicle we have 2 Nissans and also had previous Nissans..

- Anita L

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