Nissan Quest

Research the new Nissan Quest van

The Good

The 2012 Nissan Quest offers a stylish exterior and a quiet, comfortable ride. Its seats are cozy, and it handles much better than most other vehicles its size. It has a relatively small turning radius, which makes it easier to park.

The Bad

Most of the imaginative engineering went into the vehicle’s exterior. The interior, while comfortable, lacks the practicality and adjustability of its competitors. Its acceleration and engine performance are underwhelming.

The Bottom Line

The Nissan Quest is a solid entry in the competitive minivan market, and merits consideration if you’re looking for a vehicle with a bit more style.


Nissan offers the 2012 Quest in four different models: the entry-level S, the mid-range SV and SL, and the top of the line LE. Each of these trim packages comes with differing standard features.

MSRP: $25,390 to $42,350

Average paid: $24,222 to $38,774


Acceleration and power

Despite coming with a 3.5 L V6 engine that puts out 260 horsepower, and despite a reasonably decent official 0 to 60 acceleration time of 7.8 seconds, many Nissan Quest reviews are not all that impressed by the vehicle’s acceleration and power performance. This is typically attributed to the vehicle’s continuously variable transmission (CVT), which constantly adjusts gear ratios instead of actually changing gears. While this feature does help the engine maintain highway speeds at low RPMs, it also fails to let the V6 engine live up to its full potential.

Handling and braking

What the Nissan Quest van lacks in accelerative muscle it more than makes up for in handling. Many Nissan Quest reviews rave about the 2012 model’s excellent handling and cornering abilities, particularly when parking in tight spaces. The finely tuned suspension has also drawn very favorable comments from automotive industry insiders; in short, the ride quality this vehicle offers is superb. Many professionals feel it is the best-riding minivan in its class.

Anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist technology are standard on all 2012 Quest models.



The front seats are bucket seats with active head restrains, which help to reduce your chances of suffering whiplash in the event of a collision. Seat adjustment is manual; the driver’s seat can be adjusted six ways, while the front passenger seat can be moved in four directions. Middle row seating is also comprised of captain’s chairs, with a split bench bringing up the rear. Cloth is the default seating material. While none of this may sound particularly refined or luxurious, Nissan has actually drawn a lot of favorable reaction for the comfort of the 2012 Quest.


There’s quite a lot of variation in the standard features offered with each of the four trim packages. Tilt/telescoping steering, power windows, cruise control, keyless entry, dual zone air conditioning, a security system with engine immobilizer, a rear window defogger and auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are common to all models. Each 2012 Quest also comes with a trip computer, which calculates your average speed, your average fuel consumption, your fuel range and the distance you’ve traveled on your trip.

If you’ve got kids, you may want to opt for the in-van entertainment package, which consists of a DVD player, retractable screen and headsets. This is standard equipment on the Nissan Quest LE, but it is available as an option on the other trim packages.

Cargo space

The 2012 Nissan Quest offers a total of 108.4 cubic feet of storage space. You maximize this space by folding down the third row seats and removing the second row captain’s chairs. With the second row seating intact, you will still get 63.6 cubic feet of storage volume, and with the third row seats left in place, you’ve got 25.7 cubic feet to work with.


Standard safety features include child safety rear door locks, an anchor-and-tether child seat restraint system, an advanced airbag system including roof-mounted side curtain airbags for all three seating rows, vehicle dynamic control, traction control, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, anti-lock disc brakes, and front and rear crumple zones. The vehicle performed well on front and side impact crash tests, with a strong rollover resistance rating.


The 2011 Nissan Quest marked the vehicle’s debut, and no major changes have been made to the 2012 lineup. Unless otherwise noted, the given specifications are for the Nissan Quest S entry-level model.

  • Transmission: 2-speed Continuously variable transmission (CVT) with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Gasoline V6
  • Engine Size: 3.5 L
  • Horsepower: 260 @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: 240 @ 4400 rpm
  • Nissan Quest MPG, City: 19 MPG
  • Nissan Quest MPG, Highway: 24 MPG
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