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2015 Nissan Quest: Used Car Review

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The 2015 Nissan Quest stands out from the minivan crowd with unique styling, ample accessories and a modern interior. As used vans go, the Quest doesn't hold its value as well as the Honda Odyssey or the Toyota Sienna, so it won't cost as much, and it has a better reputation for reliability and resale than the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country. Although it's not as roomy as an Odyssey or a Sienna, the Quest can still accommodate most families, and it has a coolness factor missing from the larger minivan field.

Powered by Nissan's legendary 3.5-liter V6, the Quest has more than enough power even when fully loaded. The unique and versatile interior includes flat-folding second- and third-row seats, a covered cargo well for maximum storage and an available dual panoramic moonroof. Improved fuel economy figures for 2015 made the Quest the equal or better of rivals from Dodge, Toyota and Honda, while new features such as Moving Object Detection helped place Nissan's people-mover a step above the competition.

What We Like

Bold styling; luxurious interior; cool features; strong V6; small turning radius; better-than-expected handling

What We Don't

Small third-row seat; rear suspension gets bouncy when loaded; large proportions make maneuvering somewhat difficult

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2015 Quest is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The combination is good for 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, all of which is required to move this 4,400-lb van.

Fuel economy is listed as 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Standard Features & Options

The 2015 Quest is offered in four trims: S, SV, SL and Platinum. New for 2015 was a 5-inch color audio display on SV and SL trims, and on Platinum trims, Moving Object Detection was added to the Around View Monitor system.

The base S trim features cruise control, power mirrors and door locks, two 12-volt outlets, sun visors with vanity mirrors and extensions, power windows in the sliding doors, Intelligent Key with push-button starting, 16-in wheels with full covers, fold-flat second- and third-row seats, an AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers and an auxiliary input jack, a 6-way manual driver's seat, cloth seating, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, sliding and reclining second-row captain's-chair seating with a removable center console and flush-folding second- and third-row seating.

The SV adds 1-touch power-sliding side doors, Bluetooth, a rearview monitor, rear privacy glass, 16-in alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 6-speaker stereo with a USB port and iPod control, SiriusXM radio (requires subscription), fog lights, a front conversation mirror, a 5-in color audio display and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The SL brings leather seating surfaces, 18-in alloy wheels, a power rear lift gate, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, heated front seats, HomeLink, auto-dimming rearview mirrors with compasses, roof rails, heated outside mirrors, auto on/off headlights and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

The top-of-the-line Platinum adds navigation, the Around View Monitor system with Moving Object Detection, a 4-way power front passenger seat, a power-return third-row seat, 13-speaker Bose audio, memory for the driver's seat and mirrors, auto tilt-in-reverse side mirrors, manual side-window blinds, a dash-mounted 8-in VGA color display, a DVD rear-seat entertainment system with an 11-in 16:9-view screen, an advanced climate-control and air-filter system, a blind spot monitoring system and HID headlights.

The SV trim could be equipped with leather seating, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a power driver's seat and heated front seats, while the SL offered the DVD entertainment system, Bose audio and a dual panoramic power moonroof. The dual moonroof was offered as a stand-alone option on the Platinum.

Pricing

The 2015 Nissan Quest holds slightly above-average resale value, better than the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, but short of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. To get a good idea of the Quest's price range, we suggest checking the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued no recalls for the 2015 Quest minivan.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

Standard safety equipment on every Nissan Quest minivan includes front, front-side and full-length side-curtain airbags, as well as electronic traction and stability control and a tire-pressure monitor.

The Nissan Quest earned the highest possible ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in its moderate-overlap, side-impact, head-restraint and seat tests. In the roof-strength test, the Quest earned an Acceptable rating, but it scored a Poor rating in the front small-overlap crash test. NHTSA did not crash-test the 2015 Quest.

The Nissan Quest entered service backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. If you can find a 2015 Quest through Nissan's certified pre-owned (CPO) program, the vehicle will have gone through an extensive 167-point check and will come with a 7-year/100,000-mile extended factory warranty from the original date the vehicle entered service. Other advantages of the program include a free Carfax report, 24-hour roadside assistance, rental-car reimbursement, towing benefits and a free 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM radio. To qualify for the Nissan CPO program, vehicles are typically less than 6 years old and must have fewer than 80,000 miles.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Chrysler Town & Country -- The Town & Country isn't as refined as the Quest, although it does come with standard leather seating, power-sliding side doors and a more powerful V6. However, a spotty reliability record works against the Chrysler.

2015 Honda Odyssey -- The Honda Odyssey has more cargo space and a more comfortable third-row seat, plus a better resale record. The Odyssey's styling may not be as dramatic, but it offers cool features such as a built-in vacuum. Due to the Odyssey's strong resale value, a comparably equipped model is likely to cost more than the Quest.

2015 Toyota Sienna -- The Sienna's interior isn't as well appointed or as well executed, but it isn't as expensive as the Quest, and it offers the option of all-wheel drive. Also, it can seat eight people.

Autotrader's Advice

The best value for the money is probably a low-mileage SL, which gives you most of the features that are desired in a minivan for a lot less than a top-of-the-line Platinum. If you have kids who don't have their own personal iPad, try to find a model with the optional rear-seat entertainment system.

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