Pros & Cons

  • Strong brakes
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Large turning radius
  • Below-average safety scores

Rankings & Research

The 2009 Nissan Quest's #7 ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Minivans category. Currently the Nissan Quest has a score of 7.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2009 Nissan Quest Overview

When it was new, reviewers were impressed by the 2009 Nissan Quest’s power and interior styling, but felt that the Quest did not offer enough value to compete with the top minivans in the class.

The Quest comes with one engine which performs well, according to reviewers. While they agreed that the Quest’s ride was smooth and braking was consistent, many noted that handling needed improvement. The Quest’s fuel economy is average for the class, but it received below-average crash test scores.

Reviewers were thoroughly disappointed with the Quest’s seats, saying that the first and second rows were uncomfortable. On the plus side, critics noted that the interior was attractive and felt upscale. The Quest seats seven and has a pair of captain’s chairs in the second row. All trims come with a third-row bench that folds flat for additional cargo space. Cargo space is average for the class, but reviewers found that removing/lowering the seats could be difficult and time-consuming.

Standard features on the Quest are typical of the class and include cruise control, power windows and an eight-speaker sound system with an auxiliary input jack. Optional features when it was new include power-sliding doors, satellite radio, a DVD entertainment system and a navigation system. The Quest was refreshed in 2007, and little changed between then and 2009. As a result, if you are considering the Quest, you may want to consider an older model to save money.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Toyota Sienna is a good option if you’re looking for value and performance. The Sienna’s safety scores aren’t quite as good as the Quest’s. When it was new, reviewers also loved the Sienna’s combination of power, versatility and overall build quality. Thanks to its positive traits, the Sienna was named our 2009 Best Minivan for the Money.

The 2009 Honda Odyssey should be considered for its strong build quality, smooth, car-like handling and comfortable interior. The Odyssey outshines the Quest in nearly every way, offering car-like driving dynamics and a high-quality, comfortable interior. Additionally, the Odyssey earned a significantly higher safety rating than the Quest.       

Compare the Quest to the Sienna and Odyssey »


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