2006 Nissan Quest

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Nissan Quest. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Tightly controlled ride
  • Stable, secure handling
  • Sporty steering feel
  • Energetic engine response
  • Fold-down second- and third-row seats

The Bad

  • Hard-to-see gauges
  • Climate controls
  • Windshield reflections

Notable Features of the 2006 Nissan Quest

  • 240-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Center-mounted instruments
  • Standard side-curtain airbags
  • Distinctive styling
  • Extra-long sliding doors

2006 Nissan Quest Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Intended to stand apart from the minivan pack, a redesigned Quest went on sale as a 2004 model and was produced at a new plant in Mississippi.

For 2006, 3.5 SL and 3.5 SE Quests can be fitted with Michelin run-flat tires, which can be driven up to 125 miles when flat. A new 3.5 S Special Edition model — which features a power liftgate, an in-dash six-CD changer, rear sonar park-assist system and Special Edition badges — is offered. XM or Sirius Satellite Radio is available.


Exterior
The Quest's styling is considerably more curvaceous and imaginative than most minivans'. The belt line sweeps downward toward the front, and the arching roofline adds a certain flair. The door handles, mirrors and side moldings are body colored. Heated mirrors with puddle lamps are available, and fog lamps are offered.

The Quest rides on a long, 124-inch wheelbase. Built with a fully independent suspension, the Quest shares its basic platform with the company's Altima, Maxima and Murano models.


Interior
A "tip-up" feature on the second-row seat helps ease entry into the third row. The instruments are mounted high in the center of the dashboard. The shift lever extends from the instrument panel.

The Quest can seat up to seven occupants, and the third-row seat folds into a recess in the floor. The second-row seats fold and drop forward. A 150-watt CD stereo is installed. A DVD entertainment system with either one or two roof-mounted screens and a four-panel rear S...
Vehicle Overview
Intended to stand apart from the minivan pack, a redesigned Quest went on sale as a 2004 model and was produced at a new plant in Mississippi.

For 2006, 3.5 SL and 3.5 SE Quests can be fitted with Michelin run-flat tires, which can be driven up to 125 miles when flat. A new 3.5 S Special Edition model — which features a power liftgate, an in-dash six-CD changer, rear sonar park-assist system and Special Edition badges — is offered. XM or Sirius Satellite Radio is available.


Exterior
The Quest's styling is considerably more curvaceous and imaginative than most minivans'. The belt line sweeps downward toward the front, and the arching roofline adds a certain flair. The door handles, mirrors and side moldings are body colored. Heated mirrors with puddle lamps are available, and fog lamps are offered.

The Quest rides on a long, 124-inch wheelbase. Built with a fully independent suspension, the Quest shares its basic platform with the company's Altima, Maxima and Murano models.


Interior
A "tip-up" feature on the second-row seat helps ease entry into the third row. The instruments are mounted high in the center of the dashboard. The shift lever extends from the instrument panel.

The Quest can seat up to seven occupants, and the third-row seat folds into a recess in the floor. The second-row seats fold and drop forward. A 150-watt CD stereo is installed. A DVD entertainment system with either one or two roof-mounted screens and a four-panel rear Skyview roof with a full-length rear overhead console are optional. For 2006, 3.5 SL and 3.5 SE models have a front, folding center tray with cupholders as standard equipment.


Under the Hood
The Quest's 3.5-liter V-6 generates 240 horsepower and 242 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed-automatic transmission goes into 3.5 and 3.5 S Special Edition models, while other models use a five-speed automatic.

Safety
Standard all-disc antilock brakes incorporate brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, and standard side curtain-type airbags protect occupants in all three rows of seats. Traction control is standard, and Nissan's Vehicle Dynamic Control electronic stability system is standard on the 3.5 SE.

Driving Impressions
Possessing styling and performance traits all its own, the Quest is full of pleasant surprises. You get an agreeable ride and handling qualities in this minivan. Though body lean in curves isn't absent and wavy road surfaces are noticeable, the Quest is tightly controlled and recovers smartly. Ordinary imperfections are significantly softened, but larger bumps can yield big bangs from the suspension.

The Quest is highly stable and secure on the highway, and it has a distinctly sporty steering feel. Energetic response is coupled with outstanding transmission reactions in the 3.5 SE.

Even though the center-mounted tachometer and speedometer are fairly easy to get used to, these gauges are a little hard to see at a glance. Windshield glare can be troublesome, and the climate controls are less than intuitive. The optional Skyview roof panes add a bit of brightness to the interior.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Reliable

by Trscie38 on February 16, 2018

This car met all of my expectations and I was very pleased with the test drive. It had the space that I'm looking for. The only concern I had was the price Read full review

(5.0)

Most Reliable car i owned

by abraham from hoover al on February 14, 2018

This car have plenty of legs, storage, cargo, individual, drives will, good family vehicle to own. The Nissan Quest is a wonderful vehicle to have in the family. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Nissan Quest currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Quest received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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