Got kids? The 2013 Nissan Quest is a big minivan that seems just right for folks with broods. Load ’em up, it holds seven passengers! But don’t get it twisted, even though the Quest is hefty, 4,300-plus pounds, it has got skillz (urban word for skills), quick, fast-on-the-draw, powerful, it’ll fool you in a BIG way!
The Quest seems to have been overlooked by car buyers who need people movers. The Quest has been around since the year of the flood but its competitors like the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey have pushed it to the end of the line. Nissan has made huge leaps with its minivan as far as in-and-out looks and performance, and hands down, it should be running with the big dogs. But why the Quest isn’t leading the minivan pack is a real head scratcher.
In the styling department, the Quest has an imposing presence, it appears to be more of a behemoth than its competitors and even though some folks might find this a smidge intimidating, I say…GET OVER IT! The Quest is a definite standout with real upscale styling–pronounced shoulder line and near vertical surfaces which adds to its tall appearance. The Quest’s strong boxy and upright rear with cat-shaped taillights that swoop upward touching upon the rear quarter panel, also keeps you from yawning when you admire its masculine looks.
The best of the best is inside the Quest where the look is clean, modern and a workable mix of all the right ingredients. But wait…lest we forget! Getting into the Quest is a breeze with its low step-in height which makes it easy to get in and out of the vehicle. The materials used in the Quest are nowhere near chintzy, neat fit and finish and quality are apparent every way you turn your head. The design of the dash is attractive and catches your eye as it flows across from one part of the door panel right to the other. The center stack controls are easy to reach and logically placed. Operating all of the tech offerings such as the navigation, climate and entertainment functions in the vehicle makes perfect sense and will never send you into a “where is that bleep-bleep manual” frenzy. The Bluetooth connectivity was simp to set up and the voice recognition system for navigation instructions for example, actually worked, without my having to enunciate like a Parliament member!
The comfy-cozy seating in the Quest is supportive where it counts. The minivan’s head and leg room is also ample in the front and second row. The third-row seating space in the 7-seater however, should be reserved for the pint-sized set.
The Quest’s second-row seating is a two-seater however, whereas in vehicles like the Sienna or Odyssey, there is room for three passengers. The second-row seats do slide and recline and like the third row, they fold forward and flat which makes it super easy to load ’em up when needed with the bigger stuff you need to haul. The cargo room in the Quest, 108 cubic feet, is also about 40 cubic feet less than its competitors but it has so much more to offer like a hands-down pleasurable drive.
The Quest is just a real pleasure to drive (test vehicle was the LE) despite its size which you actually forget about when behind the wheel. The cabin is hushed. It’s compliant suspension nicely handles the road’s ‘piss-you-offs, pitches-and-ditches‘ with grace as it plushly absorbs, then glides over these bobby traps with ease. Maneuvering the Quest is effortless, you actually have to keep reminding yourself you’re in a minivan. The Quest has a stable ride, remarkable agility, and a tight turning radius that would be more in line with a much smaller vehicle. For a minivan this size, the Quest is also quick on the draw, a real impressive highway passer, sporty with plenty of on-tap power offered in its 3.5-liter V-6 engine that puts out 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
The Nissan Quest doesn’t run neck-n-neck with the hybrid bunch but its EPA guesstimate of 19 city/25 hwy and 20 combo ain’t half bad.
The safety 411 on the Quest includes antilock brakes, traction and stability controls, airbags all around and then some, and front-seat active head restraints. There are four trim levels in the Quest–S, SV, SL and LE. The top of the line LE offers an Around View camera system which is must-have if your pocket can swing it. The camera peeps a clear 360-degree, birdseye view of your surroundings which is a think-about-it consideration especially if you have smaller children.
Here’s what’s real, if you’re in the market for a minivan, you have to experience the 2013 Nissan Quest, as it is truly a highly respectable choice in the segment that really does merit a look-see.
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