2016 Nissan Quest

#3 in 2016 Minivans Overall Score: 7.9 / 10
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2016 Nissan Quest Overview

The 2016 Nissan Quest is a mixture of good and bad. It has above-average predicted reliability and a luxurious interior, but its safety rating is low and it lacks the extra seating found in competitors.











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Pros & Cons

  • High-end, handsome interior
  • Small cargo area for a minivan
  • Fewer seats than rivals

Notable for 2016

  • No major changes

Nissan Quest Rankings and Research

The 2016 Nissan Quest ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Minivans category. Currently the Nissan Quest has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 39 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.3
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 7.7
Reliability: 3_5

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2016 Nissan Quest Review

By Nate Parsons June 27, 2017

The 2016 Nissan Quest is a mixture of good and bad. It has above-average predicted reliability and a luxurious interior, but its safety rating is low and it lacks the extra seating found in competitors.

Is the 2016 Nissan Quest a Good Used Minivan?

The 2016 Nissan Quest earns a solid above-average predicted reliability score – better than its minivan competitors’ ratings. That and its high-end interior make it a good used minivan, but its storage space is limited and its crash test scores reveal some vulnerabilities. Shop the competition before you buy.

Used 2016 Nissan Quest Performance and Interior

A 260-horsepower V6 engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) powers the 2016 Nissan Quest. The Quest’s powertrain accelerates easily and its ride is comfortable over rough surfaces. However, there's noticeable body lean through curves. The Quest gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is better than most rivals’ estimates.

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The 2016 Nissan Quest's cabin has attractive styling and top-notch materials that would be at home in an Infiniti (Nissan’s luxury line). The Quest seats seven, while most rivals seat eight. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats are available. There’s ample head- and legroom, the second row slides and reclines, and the seats are comfortable on lengthy journeys. The low floor height makes it easy for passengers to climb into the rear seats.

The Quest has complete sets of LATCH child-seat equipment on the second-row captain’s chairs. There are also connectors on the third-row passenger-side seat. Nissan discourages installing a child seat with a top tether anchor in the third-row driver’s side seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Quest’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. Its lower anchors can be hard to use, and the tether anchors are difficult to locate.

The 2016 Nissan Quest comes standard with a four-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio input, and push-button start. Available features include power sliding rear doors, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, and a rearview camera or a 360-degree camera system.

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Used 2016 Nissan Quest Prices

The price of a used 2016 Nissan Quest ranges from about $23,000 for the base S trim up to about $37,400 for a fully loaded Platinum model. The price you pay will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 39 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Instead of basing our used car rankings and reviews on our own tests and opinions, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership data, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 39 pieces of data on the Quest to help you make the best buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

The U.S. News Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry, and we’ve been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2016 Nissan Quest?

The 2016 Nissan Quest has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s the best rating in the minivan segment and above average across all vehicles.

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How Safe Is the Quest?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Nissan Quest mixed grades. The minivan earned the highest rating of Good in the IIHS’ moderate overlap front, head restraints and seats, and side crash tests. However, it earned the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front crash test and an Acceptable rating for roof strength. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not crash test the Nissan Quest.

There are no standard active safety features, but a rearview monitor, a 360-degree camera system, and moving object detection are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Quest?

The 2016 Nissan Quest is the fourth model year of the Quest’s fourth generation, which launched in 2011 and includes the 2017 model year. You might save money buying a 2015 Nissan Quest, which is very similar to the 2016 model.

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Which Used Nissan Quest Is Right for Me?

There are four Nissan Quest trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The Nissan Quest S trim has a six-way manual driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, a four-speaker audio system, and push-button start. The Nissan Quest SV trim includes standard roof rails, tri-zone automatic temperature control, a rearview monitor, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with steering wheel controls. The SL trim adds a power rear liftgate, power fold-flat third-row seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. The Platinum trim adds an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, a 13-speaker audio system, a 360-degree camera, motion object detection, satellite radio, and a DVD entertainment system. The Nissan Quest SL is the best choice because it has the most comfort features – including the power liftgate, which makes loading cargo easier.

A certified pre-owned (CPO) Quest may suit you best. For its CPO vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2016 Nissan Quest and Other Minivans to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Quest or 2016 Honda Odyssey?

The 2016 Honda Odyssey has agile handling, a well-built interior, numerous family-friendly interior features, and versatile second-row seats. The Odyssey also offers much more cargo room than the Nissan Quest, but the Honda’s heavy second-row seats must be removed to access the full space. In contrast, the Quest has fold-flat second-row seats. Still, the Odyssey is the better choice due to its almost-perfect safety scores.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Quest or 2016 Chrysler Town & Country?

The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country’s standard V6 engine has more power than the Quest’s. However, the Chrysler’s transmission can have trouble finding the right gear. The Town & Country has a long list of standard features and useful Stow 'n Go seats that easily fold into the floor. These seats boost the Chrysler’s cargo capabilities, which is a weakness for the Quest. Overall, the Town & Country is the better choice.

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