The minivan market is dwindling, but the need for a family hauler is not. Nissan’s Quest is now in its third generation and is still competing in a market ruled by the Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan. With these popular minivans in the mix, does the 2013 Nissan Quest have what it takes to overthrow their reign?
On the outside, the Quest is boxy and stays true to the minivan formula. The side windows flow together, creating the illusion of a single window that wraps around the van. As far as size goes, the Quest is quite large. Fortunately, visibility is no problem as you can easily view your surroundings.
Inside the Quest lies a stylish interior with some ups and some downs. The driver and passenger seats are both heated and ventilated, with the latter being more useful in the Florida summer heat. The second row captain’s chairs were almost as comfortable as the front row, but not quite.
A downside to the Quest comes from how the second and third row fold. With most vans, these rows of seats will either fold completely down, creating a flush storage area, or have the ability to be removed. Unfortunately, the Quest’s 2nd row does neither. While it does create some space when the seats are folded over, the amount does not stack up against its competitors.
A 3.5-liter V6 gives the 2013 Nissan Quest LE its power, which equates to 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. This gives the Quest decent pickup at stoplights and a towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. Mated to the V6 is a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which creates a smooth driving experience.
Over all, the 2013 Nissan Quest LE is great minivan that will fulfill just about all of your family’s needs. It offers some decent storage, great power and a comfortable ride, all in one attractive package at a base price of $42,640.