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Nissan's long-running Quest still can't top the class leaders, but does an admirabe job trying to with a price that's relatively affordable.


The Nissan Quest is a minivan that offers a blend of features for families and others who need the versatile storage and seating options when they take a closer look. Since many prospective buyers are looking for storage and seating features, it is important to note that the Nissan Quest offers a number of great design choices to help. It seats seven, but the two captain chairs in the second row allow for easier access to the third row. In addition, the fact that both rear rows fold forward offers a flat base for carrying items with ease. In addition, when the third row folds, there is an additional storage area for smaller items.

In addition, the driver and occupants, have a stereo with six speakers to start. Optional amenities include a Bose system, DVD player for rear seat passengers and Bluetooth connectivity for making calls on the go. In addition, buyers can opt for touchscreen navigation on most trims, as well as power-sliding doors for ease of access.

On the road, the 3.5-liter V6 is matched well with a continually-variable transmission. There aren't shifts, but rather smooth changes to power which is an upgrade over earlier models. It still gets good fuel economy, and matches up well with other minivans for acceleration, braking and safety features. It also handles well, yet still manages to eat up road imperfections without jostling the driver or passengers.

Of course, there are a number of strong candidates for minivan buyers. The Volkswagen Routan and Chrysler Town & Country share a chassis, and both offer a good chassis. However, the Routan is smaller, and the Town & Country does not ride as smoothly. The Toyota Sienna may feel a bit more cramped, although it has seating for eight passengers with a second row bech. The Honda Odyssey is a capable people carrier, but may not excite drivers.

The Nissan Quest also has a number of trim lines. Whether it's the S or the top of the line with the LE, a multitude of features could tick the boxes on a minivan buyer's list.

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2013 Nissan Quest LE

Recommended for: A little bit of safety, a lot of comfort and sights to see

Adjusting a seat in older cars takes a lot of effort lifting handles and twisting knobs. The Nissan Quest LE offers power driver's and front passenger's seats, and the driver's seat settings stick with each driver. The LE also gets a DVD system for the second row with a large 11 inch speaker to go along with the 13-speaker audio system. Touchscreen navigation is standard, with the screen also being used for the "Around View" monitor for checking blind spots. The third-row seat also comes with power return toggles. The entire cabin has a better filter, great for families with allergies, and an available moonroof adds a shine to the interior of the Nissan Quest LE.

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2013 Nissan Quest S

Recommended for: Push-button start and hits all the right marks

A number of small touches could make a number of owners happy with their choice of the Nissan Quest S. Road trip hassles like low tire pressure aren't a problem with the monitoring system. In addition, safety features like six standard airbags and traction and other control systems offer help to drivers in the case of potential collisions. Inside, the stereo comes with six speakers and also allows for mobile devices to be connected with an auxiliary jack. The second row passengers have access to full-function power windows, and can also slide and recline for the perfect seating setup as well.

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2013 Nissan Quest SL

Recommended for: Upscale taste seekers wanting cargo loading help

A set of shiny 18-inch aluminum wheels helps the Nissan Quest SL stand out, but they also provide better handling by keeping the entire wheel and tire system stiffer. Staying outside, a one-touch lift gate makes loading cargo easier for those with groceries or luggage. Drivers will appreciate the Nissan Quest SL's standard leather seats and heating for the front row, as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Roof rails add a touch more cargo capacity, while the optional DVD and Bose audio can keep everyone occupied if the Quest SL is used for longer road trips, or ben short ones. It also includes an integrated garage door opener so drivers aren't fumbling with small devices that can fall in between seats.

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2013 Nissan Quest SV

Recommended for: Audiophiles or those who need to take a call or two

There are a number of improvements on the Nissan Quest SV, but perhaps the most significant are those for the stereo system. It includes a larger touchscreen display as well as satellite radio and USB connection for various portable devices. Drivers can access these features through steering wheel controls, and also keep their hands on the wheel of the Nissan Quest SV thanks to the Bluetooth system for calling without touching the phone. Other occupants don't miss out, thanks to one-touch power doors, as well as air conditioning that can be set for each of the three rows. A DVD system is optional, but more significant may be the rearview monitor for safety purposes and easier parking on the Nissan Quest SV.

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