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2014 Nissan Quest LE: Real World Review

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author photo by AutoTrader September 2014

If you're interested in a new family car, then you've probably considered the usual suspects in the minivan category: namely, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. Most people overlook the 2014 Nissan Quest in their search for a family van, but we happen to think that it looks pretty good on paper. We spent a few days behind the wheel of a Quest to find out if it's worthy of being considered along with the Odyssey and Sienna, and here's what we found out.

Feels Luxurious

The second you climb inside the Quest, you're immediately surrounded by an interior that comes off as a lot more luxurious than the cabins of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna -- a fact that's even true on entry- and mid-level models that aren't especially loaded with equipment.

One reason for the luxury feel is the Quest's low-fatigue seats, which really seem to work, providing excellent, comfortable support for longer drives. These seats may seem like clever branding or a marketing gimmick, but we really think they do their job well. Same goes for the Quest's smooth engine and transmission, which are just as refined -- and as quiet -- as the powertrains in the Odyssey and Sienna.

Not Without Flaws

Unfortunately, the Quest's luxury feel has a few imperfections, especially when you start to consider the van's standard and optional features. The base-level Quest S is very low on equipment, missing out on key items such as Bluetooth, a backup camera, alloy wheels and even a front center console. We know Nissan wants you to go for the better trim levels, but the base-level Quest could really turn buyers off to the van in general.

We're also a little disappointed in the availability of some of the Quest's features, such as the fact that you can't get Nissan's excellent Around View Monitor top-down camera, unless you opt for the pricey Quest LE, which starts at around $43,500 with shipping. We also wonder why a modern family vehicle doesn't have a forward-collision alert system or a rear cross-traffic monitor.

Excellent Size

We came away with mostly positive impressions of the Quest, and another big reason for that was its size. Positioned between the compact 6-seater Mazda5 and the larger 8-seater Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, the Quest is both shorter in length and narrower in width than traditional minivans. Unfortunately, the downside is that it only seats seven passengers.

If you don't need the huge size of a minivan such as the Sienna or Odyssey, the Quest might be worth considering. In fact, our site editor, Brian Moody, called the quest "just right," noting that it's the right size, delivers a quiet ride, offers big enough second- and third-row seats and boasts adequate storage -- though Brian did note that shoppers who put a special emphasis on third-row seat room will probably prefer an Odyssey or Sienna.

Excellent Packaging

Yes, it's true that the Quest lacks some of today's top safety gadgets such as a forward-collision warning system and rear cross-traffic alert. For drivers who don't need those items, however, we think that the Quest has a lot to offer. Pricing is lower than the Odyssey and Sienna, and mid-level Quest trims come with a lot of features -- especially if you go for an SL model, which adds luxury gadgets such as a power lift gate and automatic headlights to the Quest's already luxurious driving feel.

In the end, we think that the 2014 Nissan Quest is an excellent van -- for families who can fit inside it. We also see why so many people opt for the Odyssey and the Sienna, as they offer the last word in modern safety technology and a larger interior for kids and their accessories. Still, drivers who focus on value, refinement and well-priced features over all-out interior space and modern gadgets probably won't be disappointed with a new Quest.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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