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2016 Nissan Quest Review

The 2016 Nissan Quest has a comfortable interior, a smooth ride, and an above-average reliability rating. However, its low safety scores and limited cargo space put this minivan near the back of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Handsome interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Less cargo space than competitors
  • Poor safety scores

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Nissan Quest's #4 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.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 7.8
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2016 Nissan Quest Overview

Is the 2016 Nissan Quest a Good Used Minivan?

The 2016 Quest is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used minivan. The seven-seat Quest has quality materials, comfy seats, and a smooth ride. It also rates above average in reliability and offers some of the best fuel economy estimates in its class. Ultimately, though, the Quest is outshined by rivals like the 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Toyota Sienna, which rate better in crash safety and provide more seating and cargo space.

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We’ve researched 39 Nissan Quest reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2016 Nissan Quest?

You can expect to pay between $14,800 and $21,000 for a used 2016 Quest. These figures are based on 300 listings for the 2016 Nissan Quest on our site. The average list price is $16,800. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Nissan Quest Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are about $24,200 for the Quest. That’s slightly below average for the minivan class. By comparison, the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan's five-year cost is around $25,800.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Quest?

Nissan discontinued the Quest after the 2016 model year, so you won’t find any new Nissan Quests for sale.

The 2016 Quest’s relatively low price means you’re not going to find a new vehicle – even a small SUV – for a similar price. However, if you are interested in a new minivan, check out the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica. Starting at $26,995, it’s one of the least expensive new minivans on the market, and Chrysler deals may lower that price. Buying new will also get you several of the latest safety and convenience features, and you won’t have to worry about questionable vehicle maintenance from a previous owner.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Nissan Quest?

The 2016 Quest has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power.

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2016 Nissan Quest Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 Quest.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Quest Is Best?

The 2016 Nissan Quest marks the sixth and final model year of the minivan’s fourth generation. Nissan made almost no updates to the Quest over this generation, so you can shop all 2011 to 2016 models and find comparable features. However, the Quest’s continuously variable automatic transmission software was updated in 2015 to simulate gearshifts and reduce engine noise at highway speeds. The effects may be subtle, but the 2015 and 2016 models feel more natural to drive.

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Which Used Nissan Quest Model Is Right for Me?

Nissan offered the 2016 Quest in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The base model Quest S comes standard with a CD player, air conditioning, cloth seats, keyless entry, push-button start, and cruise control. The Nissan Quest SV trim is more attractively equipped; it adds a 5-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, tri-zone climate control, power-sliding doors, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

The Nissan Quest SL adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power liftgate. The Platinum trim adds an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD screen, a Bose stereo, a 360-degree camera, and blind spot monitoring. A dual-panel sunroof is available.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Quest?

The 2016 Nissan Quest received mixed safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the minivan a Good rating – the highest offered – for seat, side impact, and moderate overlap front crash safety. However, it earned the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front crash test and an Acceptable rating, the second highest, for roof strength.

The 2016 Quest is available with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and a 360-degree camera system.

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2016 Nissan Quest Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Quest or 2016 Kia Sedona?

The Kia Sedona is a frequently overlooked option in the minivan class. The 2016 Sedona boasts a higher-quality interior than the Quest, and it outshines its Nissan rival with better safety ratings, more-advanced safety features, roomier cargo space, and seating for up to eight. However, it rates lower in reliability, and its ride is a bit firm by minivan standards. All in all, the Sedona is a better pick than the Quest, but the Kia is by no means a class leader.

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

The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country won’t win any beauty contests. Its styling is dated and some of its cabin materials look and feel rather cheap. Its transmission isn’t very refined either. What the Town & Country can do, however, is haul stuff. It offers more cargo space than the Nissan, and its fold-flat Stow 'n Go seats make it exceptionally easy to go from hauling cargo to hauling kids. Ultimately, neither is a top pick in this class, but the Chrysler is far more practical.

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2016 Quest Performance

How Does the 2016 Nissan Quest Drive?

The 2016 Quest has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard. The V6 zips the minivan up to speed briskly and provides ample power for climbing hills and passing on the highway. The CVT responds quickly, and – unlike many CVTs – it feels as smooth as a conventional automatic thanks to its simulated gearshifts.

The Quest has impressive driving dynamics. It feels maneuverable for a large minivan thanks to its responsive steering. Its suspension provides a very smooth ride. Bumps and potholes are soaked up nicely, both at city and highway driving speeds. That said, the Quest tends to sway more in gusty winds than other minivans due to its tall flat sides.

Does the 2016 Nissan Quest Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Quest gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.

2016 Nissan Quest Towing Capacity

The Quest is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

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2016 Quest Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Quest Seat?

The 2016 Quest has seating for seven. The seats in all three rows have soft, comfortable padding. All rows offer generous head- and legroom as well. Even average-sized adults can comfortably sit in the third row on shorter trips. The second-row seats – a pair of captain’s chairs – recline and slide to better accommodate tall passengers. Cloth seats are standard; heated and leather seats are available. The Quest’s cabin has attractive styling and fine materials that wouldn’t look out of place in an Infiniti. The interior remains quiet at speed, with very little road or wind noise.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Nissan Quest?

The Quest has three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the minivan’s LATCH system a Marginal rating for ease of use.

2016 Nissan Quest Features

The 2016 Quest comes standard with a CD player and keyless entry. Available features include 5- and 8-inch infotainment screens, a navigation system, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a flip-down 11-inch DVD screen. The Quest’s basic audio and climate controls are easy to use and nicely separated on the dashboard. Opting for the available 8-inch touch screen doesn’t complicate these controls either. If there is a downside, it’s that the gear selector obscures some of these buttons when in Drive.

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2016 Nissan Quest Dimensions

Nissan Quest Cargo Space

The Quest has 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats and 63.6 cubic feet with these seats folded. Overall cargo space increases to 108.4 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded, which is small compared to all other 2016 minivans.

2016 Quest Length and Weight

The Nissan Quest is 16.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,349 pounds to 4,553 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Nissan Quest Built?

The 2016 Nissan Quest was built in Kyushu, Japan, along with the 2016 Infiniti QX80 SUV.


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