If you remember, last month just before the holidays I mentioned that I was taking part in a review of a Nissan Quest.
We had the car for the last two weeks of the year and I used it for pretty much of all of my driving during that time. We even used it to drive up to my parents house on Christmas day with the kids, dog and everything else so that we could fully give it a test drive.
It is a great minivan for sure. We forgot how much room you actually get in a car of this size. If you have kids and need a lot of room you can’t go wrong with a minivan. We had one for a number of years, but hadn’t driven one in almost 5 so it was nice to see that they’ve been updated.
I can’t compare the Nissan Quest to other minivans out in the market today because I have not driven any others, but besides a few points we liked it.
- Having so much room feels great whenever you have to load up the kids and hit the road. They don’t it because they are not sitting on top of one another.
- Having a DVD system with wireless headphones is great for long trips. We didn’t hear a peep from them the whole ride and we got to enjoy our music at the same time.
- The automatic sliding doors on both sides are great when you have an armful of groceries.
- I loved that when the back row of seats are down flat you can still get to the storage in the back. We put presents under there while our dog was safely laying on top.
- It was winter so we couldn’t fully enjoy the dual sunroofs, but I love the idea of having this much natural light and fresh air at our fingertips.
The Not So Good
- I don’t know what the designers were thinking, but putting the stick between the driver and all of the dash controls was not a smart idea. Blocking the driver from being able to get to the radio and climate controls makes zero sense.
- My wife hated how big the side mirrors were. I hadn’t noticed them until she mentioned them, but they were crazy big for no real added benefit.
- While I got my phone to connect via Bluetooth, I could never get the voice commands to work with it. This needs to be much more intuitive.
I was disappointed to find that the Nissan Quest does not include some features that I would expect to find standard on a vehicle of this type. The biggest being the lack of a navigation system. I was going to drive it to a meeting, but when I discovered it lacked this I parked it and took my own car instead. I would have also loved to see blind spot notification and better phone integration made standard safety features.
So overall it drove good, got great gas milage for a vehicle of it’s size and gave us more room than we were use to. But, the quality of the car as a whole left a lot to be desired. Again, I can’t say how it compares to other minivans as I’ve got nothing to compare it to, but I do know there are better options for family of four with a dog like I have.
Thank you Nissan for having me be part of the #HolidayQuest.
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