2016 Nissan Quest Expert Review

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.1 Comfort 4.1 Styling 4.0 Value 4.1

Editor's Overview

The 2016 Nissan Quest minivan offers clever features such as a bird's-eye-view camera system and power-operated 3rd-row seat, while base models undercut the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey in starting price. Where the Quest stands apart is in looks – decidedly blocky vs. rounded, and in seating capacity, with room for only seven instead of eight.

You'll Like The 2016 Nissan Quest If...

If you're looking for a minivan with distinctive exterior styling, a roomy interior and a lower starting price, the Nissan Quest is worth a look.

You May Not Like The 2016 Nissan Quest If...

Compared to rivals, the Quest comes up short in seating capacity, rear-seat entertainment options (there's no Blu-ray player or dual-screen system) and the latest safety features such as lane-departure warning and automatic braking. If you need an all-wheel-drive minivan, the Toyota Sienna remains the sole choice.

What's New

The Nissan Quest carries over with no major changes for the 2016 model year.

Interior Features

The 7-passenger Nissan Quest has handsomely appointed seats and a premium feel, yet it still offers most of the family-friendly fundamentals that sell minivans. Front- and 2nd-row passengers have plenty of head- and legroom, and 3rd-row space is still pretty good. Cargo utility is good, with a clever hidden cargo area behind the third row. The 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold flat, like in an SUV, but at the expense of cargo volume. The shift lever got in the way of climate controls when in "D," and the power liftgate button is low on the dash and hard to find.

Exterior Features

Expressive. That's one way to describe the 2016 Nissan Quest's styling. Whether you like its blocky expression is a matter of taste, but there's no doubt that the Quest cuts a unique profile among its class. The high roof, squared-off rear, wraparound glass and huge chrome grille are all highlights. However, they also hide the fact that the Quest is neither as long nor as wide as its rivals, although the added height helps make the cabin feel roomy. Quest S and SV models get 16-inch wheels, while SL and Platinum models get 18-inchers.

Driving Impressions

The 2016 Nissan Quest stands apart from other minivans with its continuously variable transmission (CVT), an automatic with no traditional shift points. Such transmissions' linear feel can take getting used to, but they pay off in enhanced fuel economy. The Quest's is near the top of the class with up to 27 mpg, falling just under the Honda Odyssey's highway rating but topping the Honda in city and combined driving. The Quest's 260-horsepower V6 engine enables no-fuss acceleration, and the transmission's revised programming that came last year makes this family van more responsive when you put your foot down. The luxury-car-inspired interior feels like it carries over into the steering and suspension, neither of which is as sharp as we'd expect in a Nissan, but the smooth ride and quiet highway manners make for a more than acceptable compromise, especially considering this van's primary duty of hauling kids and family.

Pricing Notes

The 2016 Nissan Quest minivan has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at about $27,400 when you include the $885 destination charge. On the other end, a loaded Quest Platinum will top out at about $46,000. At its base price, the Quest undercuts the Sienna, Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country, and is just over the starting price of the Kia Sedona and smaller Ford Transit Connect. Among minivans, the aging Dodge Grand Caravan remains the value leader with its low-$20,000 starting price. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their Quest models. Down the road, the Nissan's residual value is expected to be good but not quite on par with the Sienna or Odyssey.

Notable Equipment

In its most basic form, the Quest S, Nissan's minivan includes push-button ignition, 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery and AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack. Though the Quest S has an enticing price tag, it lacks many features that are both helpful and safe for families, such as Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and a rearview camera. Unless you are severely pinching pennies, we recommend stepping up at least one trim to the Quest SV. That trim includes power-sliding side doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, 5-inch color display/rearview camera, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity options.

Notable Options

Stepping up to the Quest SL adds leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, power liftgate, 8-way-power-adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats. Top-line Platinum models have Nissan's snazzy Around View bird's-eye rearview monitor, 13-speaker Bose audio system, 4-way-power passenger's seat, 8-inch color display and DVD rear-entertainment system. The Platinum model also includes blind-spot monitoring and xenon headlights. Packages vary by trim and include a moonroof, leather interior and rear DVD system. Unlike the Honda Odyssey, the Quest does not offer forward-collision warning or lane-departure warning systems, and unlike the Toyota Sienna, it does not offer a pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking.

Favorite Features


Step into a higher-trim Nissan Quest and you may think you're in a vehicle from Infiniti, the brand's luxury division. The leather seats come with contrast piping and are incredibly soft thanks to a dual-layer cushion. The interior looks good too, with color-coordinated schemes and tasteful use of metallic trim.


The CVT in the Nissan Quest is unique to the class, and its seamless shifts and immediate power delivery are part of the reason why this van is so easy to live with.

Under the Hood

All 2016 Nissan Quest models come with a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The transmission was updated last year with Nissan's D-Step shift logic, which simulates gear changes and provides for a more familiar driving experience. The transmission upgrades also contribute to a fuel-economy improvement that puts the Quest close to the class-leading Honda Odyssey.

3.5-liter V6

260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

240 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg

Editors' Notes

For 2016 the Nissan Quest minivan offers clever features such as a bird's-eye-view camera system and power-operated 3rd-row seat, while base models undercut the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey in starting price. Like those other family movers, the Quest is roomy, versatile and has good power thanks to its standard V6. Where the Quest stands apart is in looks – decidedly blocky vs. rounded, and in seating capacity. While the Odyssey and Sienna can hold up to eight passengers, the Quest maxes out at seven with its standard 2nd-row captain's chairs.

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Premium family van with great upgrades that just make life easier

2016 Nissan Quest Base

Overall, this is a great family car that has proven to be a good workhorse for all of our daily activities. We are a family of 6 most are still in booster seats/car seats so we opted to take out the center console in the middle row so it's easier for the older kids to get to the third row. The seats do slide but with the other car seats there it's more difficult. One day we will put the console back in. The functionality of the features in the van are great for a family. The sunroofs, DVD player, extra device plug ins and tons of cup holders. I like the built in window shades for long road trips when the sun is really bright or we pull in late to a gas station. The heated seats are fantastic on the leather seats in the winter up here in Indiana. The storage in the back is sufficient. I definitely like the removable subflooring that allows for more storage. Even still on long trips or long days at the softball field it's full to the brim and sometimes wish it was just a little more storage. The silver part near the buttons on the back gate (license plate area) is starting to rust a bit and the paint is chipping off of the rear left fender but other than that it really has been a pretty great car.

- Alyssa A

The best van we have owned! Would buy it again any day.

2016 Nissan Quest S

We have loved this van! It is roomy enough for me to get all the way in the back comfortably and buckle in our twins into their car seats, and I am 5'9'. It drives great, has been perfectly reliable, and has all the features we need. The only problem we have had is the wind noise from the seal on the windows (other's had complained about that so I knew about it going in), and the sliding doors occasionally get stuck. I also wish that they had a sensor that if something was in the way they wouldn't shut. Our twins sometimes make a run for the door after I have pushed the button to close it and there is no stopping that door unless you push the button again or grab the handle. On that note, we love the button on the handle! It makes it so easy to open and close the doors when you have full hands and my 5 year old loves that she can open and close her own door easily.

- Ellie K

Nissan Quest is the best!

2016 Nissan Quest

My Quest is an extremely comfortable vehicle. It seems more spacious than some other minivans which helps to make it more comfortable. I like that it has heated seats, navigation, sound system and DVD player. Even with the third row there is still a lot of room in the back to store things or put groceries. There is an underneath compartment in the back that I put some groceries so they do not roll around or get smushed. We have had no issues with the Quest it runs great and smoothly. We love it and would never go back to a different vehicle.

- Kristen G

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