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Pros & Cons

  • Attractive, high-quality interior
  • Less cargo space than competitors
  • Noisy powertrain

Rankings & Research

The 2012 Nissan Quest's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Minivans category. Currently the Nissan Quest has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 7.8
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2012 Nissan Quest Overview

Reviewers said the 2012 Quest’s standard V6 engine provides strong off-the-line acceleration and plenty of highway passing power. The Nissan Quest is one of the few minivans that come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and some critics complained that it causes the engine to drone during acceleration. The Quest gets an EPA-estimated 19/24 mpg city/highway, which is on par for the class. Test drivers said the Nissan Quest offers composed handling and a responsive steering system. Additionally, automotive journalists wrote that the brakes feel firm and bring the minivan to a smooth stop.

Critics said the 2012 Nissan Quest has an attractive interior design, with wood trim and soft-touch materials, especially when equipped with the leather seats. Comfortable seating for all seven occupants, including people in the third row, also appealed to reviewers. However, at 108.4 cubic feet, the Quest’s maximum cargo space is significantly less than that of most competitors because its second- and third-row seats can’t be removed or folded into the floor. The Quest comes standard with push-button start and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input. Available features include a power liftgate, power-sliding doors, heated front seats, a rearview camera, a blind spot warning system, navigation, a dual-panel sunroof, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB port.

Other Minivans to Consider

Reviewers loved the 2012 Toyota Sienna’s smooth and powerful V6 engine option. The Sienna also has one of the largest cargo areas in the class, and it is one of the only minivans to offer all-wheel drive.

Unlike the Quest, the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country’s seats fold under the floor, creating a large, flat cargo area. The Town & Country also has a long list of standard features for the class, including leather seats and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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