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2015 Nissan Quest Review

The 2015 Nissan Quest ranks midpack among minivans. It looks good inside, rides smoothly, and has an above-average reliability rating. However, its poor safety score and cramped cargo area keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Smooth ride
  • Above-average reliability rating


  • Poor safety scores
  • Few standard features
  • Less cargo space than rivals


Rankings & Research

The 2015 Nissan Quest's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Minivans category. Currently the Nissan Quest has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 35 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 7.8
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2015 Nissan Quest Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Quest a Good Used Minivan?

The 2015 Nissan Quest is an OK used minivan. It delivers good performance, with quick acceleration and a comfortable ride. It also earns an above-average reliability rating. However, there are some serious drawbacks to consider. Most class rivals offer a lot more interior and cargo space than the Quest, and this Nissan has a poor safety score.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Nissan Quest review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 35 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Nissan Quest?

Our site has more than 160 listings for the 2015 Quest, with an average list price of $18,100. Prices range from $13,200 to $25,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan Quest Cost to Own?

The 2015 Quest’s expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be around $25,300 over five years, or about $5,060 per year. That’s just below average in the class. For example, those same costs for the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan are estimated to be around $1,500 more than the Quest’s over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Nissan Quest?

Nissan discontinued the Quest after the 2016 model year, so you cannot buy a new Quest. There are no new minivans that can compete with the 2015 Nissan Quest’s price range.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Quest Is Best?

Nissan made a few subtle changes to the Quest’s transmission for the 2015 model year, resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced engine noise. Nissan also added a 5-inch display in the SV and SL trims. The 2016 Quest saw no major updates, so there’s little reason to buy it instead of the 2015 model.

In fact, most models in this generation received no major changes. If price is your biggest concern, you could go as far back as a 2011 Quest and get virtually the same vehicle. However, if you want a surround-view parking camera, stick with 2013-and-newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Quest?

The 2015 Nissan Quest has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Nissan Quest Recalls

At the time of writing, no recalls have been issued for the 2015 Nissan Quest.

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Which Used Nissan Quest Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Nissan Quest is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The base Nissan Quest S is sparsely equipped. It comes with a CD player, a four-speaker stereo, cloth upholstery, fold-flat rear seats, air conditioning, power windows and doors, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and cruise control.

The Nissan Quest SV is a better bet, and we recommend this trim for most shoppers. It adds power-sliding doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a driver seatback pocket, fog lights, and alloy wheels. It also has a rearview camera, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 5-inch display, and satellite radio. When it was new, Nissan offered the Quest SV with a Leather package, so you might find this trim with leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a front passenger seatback pocket.

In addition to all the features listed above, the Nissan Quest SL has an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, automatic headlights, and larger alloy wheels. Nissan offered a DVD Entertainment System package with the SV and SL trims when these models were new, so you might find models with a 7-inch DVD monitor, a second-row 11-inch DVD monitor, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, and two wireless headsets. Some SL models may also have two moonroofs and a 13-speaker Bose audio system.

The top-of-the-line Platinum trim adds the above features, plus high-intensity discharge xenon headlights, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot monitoring, moving object detection, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a power-return third-row seat, and an 8-inch touch screen with voice controls and a built-in navigation system.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Quest the highest rating of Good in three crash tests. This minivan also received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the roof strength test and the lowest possible rating of Poor for the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not evaluated this vehicle.

No safety features are standard. A rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera, moving object detection, and blind spot monitoring are available.

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2015 Nissan Quest Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Quest or 2015 Toyota Sienna?

The 2015 Toyota Sienna offers a few advantages over the Quest, but these two are pretty evenly matched overall. The Sienna has a higher safety score, more cargo space, and a few more safety features than the Quest, such as adaptive cruise control and parking sensors. The Toyota is also the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. On the other hand, the Sienna received the lowest possible reliability rating and one of the highest ownership costs in the class. The Sienna has less legroom than the Quest in the first and third rows, though the Toyota does have more space for passengers in its second-row seats. Pick the one that best matches your priorities.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Quest or 2015 Honda Odyssey?

The 2015 Honda Odyssey is one of the best choices in the minivan class, and it's a much better buy than the Quest. It has a high safety score and a perfect reliability rating. It also delivers a smooth ride and handling that feels composed for a minivan. The Odyssey has more cargo space and third-row legroom than the Nissan, as well as more available safety and convenience features, including forward collision warning and a built-in vacuum cleaner.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Quest or 2015 Chrysler Town & Country?

The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country stands neck-and-neck with the Quest in our minivan rankings. Like the Nissan, the Chrysler has a potent V6 engine, though it returns worse fuel economy estimates. The Chrysler has more cargo space, more standard features, and better safety scores than the Nissan. However, the Quest has more passenger space and a slightly better reliability rating. Go with the Chrysler if you want the extra cargo space and a more versatile interior. Its innovative Stow ‘n Go seats fold directly into the floor, so you don't have to manually remove them. Otherwise, the Nissan is a fine choice.

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2015 Quest Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan Quest Drive?

The 2015 Quest comes with a single powertrain: a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a continuously variable transmission (Nissan calls this Xtronic). The V6 provides enough power to move this minivan uphill or along the highway. Acceleration is quick, and the Quest’s CVT feels as smooth as a conventional automatic, unlike many other continuously variable transmissions. On the road, this minivan handles well, and its suspension soaks up bumps to provide a gentle ride. As with most minivans, front-wheel drive is standard.

Does the 2015 Nissan Quest Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Quest earns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That makes it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class.

2015 Nissan Quest Towing Capacity

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

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2015 Quest Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Quest Seat?

The 2015 Nissan Quest minivan seats seven people on cloth upholstery in its standard configuration. Power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and leather upholstery are available. Each seat is comfortable, and the theater-style seating boosts visibility for second- and third-row occupants. Cabin materials and build design are excellent, and higher trims even rival the interiors of some luxury vehicle manufacturers, such as Infiniti.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan Quest?

The Quest has three complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an additional upper tether for the third-row middle seat. The third-row seat behind the driver has no LATCH connections. All of the lower anchors are set too deep in the seats and can be tricky to maneuver around. Some tether connections can also be hard to find.

2015 Nissan Quest Features

Standard features in the Quest include proximity keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, a four-speaker stereo, a CD player, and an auxiliary input jack. That’s sparse compared to some rivals’ standard features lists.

Available amenities include tri-zone automatic climate control, a dual-panel moonroof, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, a six-speaker stereo, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a 5-inch display, a larger 8-inch touch screen, voice controls, a built-in navigation system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

The Nissan Quest’s audio and climate controls are straightforward, and you can access navigation functions through either the touch screen or by using physical controls.

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2015 Nissan Quest Dimensions

Nissan Quest Cargo Space

The Quest has 25.7 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats. That opens up to 63.6 cubic feet with them folded down, and 108.4 cubic feet with all the rear seats folded. While that’s a lot of cargo space, most rival minivans offer more. A power liftgate is available.

2015 Quest Length and Weight

The Quest is roughly 16.7 feet long. Curb weight ranges from 4,349 pounds for the base Quest S up to 4,553 pounds for the Platinum trim. The Quest has a gross vehicle weight of 5,818 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan Quest Built?

Nissan manufactured the 2015 Quest in Japan.


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