2007 Nissan Quest

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Nissan Quest. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Smooth V-6 engine
  • Airy cabin
  • Comfy second-row captain's chairs
  • Brake pedal feel
  • Unrestricted forward visibility

The Bad

  • Second-row windows don't lower
  • Heavy third-row seat
  • Wind noise on highway
  • Thick pillar limits over-left-shoulder visibility
  • Dashboard buttons all look the same

Notable Features of the 2007 Nissan Quest

  • More conventional dashboard
  • Available power-adjustable pedals
  • Available SkyView roof
  • Standard three-row side curtain airbags
  • Available 19-inch run-flat tires

2007 Nissan Quest Road Test

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Mike Hanley
The Nissan Quest is recognized more than most minivans for its styling. With its mild update for 2007, Nissan has dialed back some of the more unusual aspects of the Quest, which should make it more attractive — or at least less initially unattractive — to a wider audience of buyers.

The Quest delivers an acceptable driving experience and decent utility. However, by not offering better front-seat comfort and more configurable seating in general, Nissan risks making the minivan's primary selling point its looks, and minivans are the wrong kind of car to try that with.

Exterior & Styling
While some minivans truly are handsome, like the Honda Odyssey, there's only so much leeway designers have when their starting point is a box. Of the minivans available today, Nissan has pushed the limits of design the furthest with the futuristic-looking Quest.

The van received a new front grille and bumper for 2007, but its characteristic design elements — flowing shoulder lines and a raked-forward liftgate — remain. The Quest seems like one of those designs you either can't get enough of or can't understand how it got out of the factory. I lean toward the latter, but would be interested to know what you think of the minivan's looks.

Sixteen-inch steel wheels with wheel covers are standard on 3.5 and 3.5 S trim levels, while the 3.5 SL gets 16-inch aluminum wheels and the 3.5 SE has 17-inch aluminum rims. Michelin's PAX System run-flat ti...

The Nissan Quest is recognized more than most minivans for its styling. With its mild update for 2007, Nissan has dialed back some of the more unusual aspects of the Quest, which should make it more attractive — or at least less initially unattractive — to a wider audience of buyers.

The Quest delivers an acceptable driving experience and decent utility. However, by not offering better front-seat comfort and more configurable seating in general, Nissan risks making the minivan's primary selling point its looks, and minivans are the wrong kind of car to try that with.

Exterior & Styling
While some minivans truly are handsome, like the Honda Odyssey, there's only so much leeway designers have when their starting point is a box. Of the minivans available today, Nissan has pushed the limits of design the furthest with the futuristic-looking Quest.

The van received a new front grille and bumper for 2007, but its characteristic design elements — flowing shoulder lines and a raked-forward liftgate — remain. The Quest seems like one of those designs you either can't get enough of or can't understand how it got out of the factory. I lean toward the latter, but would be interested to know what you think of the minivan's looks.

Sixteen-inch steel wheels with wheel covers are standard on 3.5 and 3.5 S trim levels, while the 3.5 SL gets 16-inch aluminum wheels and the 3.5 SE has 17-inch aluminum rims. Michelin's PAX System run-flat tires are optional on the 3.5 SL and 3.5 SE. Mounted on 19-inch aluminum wheels, PAX System tires are rated to withstand 125 miles of travel at 55 mph when completely flat.

Ride & Handling
Like the Odyssey and Toyota Sienna with which it competes, the Quest has taut suspension tuning. The ride is firm but not harsh; it's certainly better than the bouncy responses the Dodge Grand Caravan's suspension exhibits on bumpy roads. It's worth mentioning that during most of my test drives I was alone in the Quest; adding a half or full load of passengers (which is the reason people buy minivans) might counteract some of the firmness in the Quest's suspension.

The Quest feels stable and planted on the highway, but there's a fair amount of wind noise at 65 to 70 mph. The van's steering is fairly responsive.

Going & Stopping
All trim levels are powered by a 235-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that drives a five-speed automatic transmission. The Quest requires premium fuel, and its gas mileage estimates are 18/25 mpg (city/highway).

The smooth V-6 delivers strong around-town performance. It's only when you need to pass quickly while driving at highway speeds that the engine feels somewhat taxed; flooring the accelerator pedal under these conditions yields only a mild nudge in your back (and elevated engine noise) as the automatic transmission kicks down to aid the V-6 in its efforts.

All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist are standard. The brake pedal has a very linear, natural feel.

The Inside
This is where the most significant changes are. The Quest's gauges, which were in the middle of the dashboard, have been replaced with a new instrument panel that's right in front of the steering wheel. Center-mounted gauge clusters are truly despised by some. I'm not especially fond of them, but I'm not sure I wouldn't buy a car because it had them. Nissan's reversal signals that others may not have been so forgiving.

Also new is the layout of mostly rectangular buttons on the center control panel, but they end up looking all the same when you have to glance over to change a setting while driving. Not helping matters is the automatic transmission's gear selector, which is just left of the center controls; it blocks some buttons from the driver's view when the transmission is in Drive.

My test car's dashboard had a couple of minor rough-edged trim pieces, but it was otherwise free of imperfections. I found the cabin's color scheme — which consisted of varying shades of gray — a bit dreary, but fortunately Nissan offers a couple of two-tone interiors if you want to brighten things up.

Like the exterior, the Quest's front seats also have a unique appearance. Available with standard cloth or optional leather upholstery, the front seats have a furniture-style design, according to Nissan. That's not all marketing speak, as they do have the contemporary appearance of a high-end recliner. The bucket seats don't feel as nice as they look, though; the curved seatback pushes you away from the rest of the backrest, and there's no side bolstering whatsoever to hold occupants in place during a quick turn. Manual lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat is standard.

The second row can hold two passengers in captain's chairs that match the front seats in appearance. These chairs are comfortable for adults and there is plenty of legroom. Though the second-row seats are technically optional, as is the third row, I doubt many Quests will leave the factory with only the two front seats.

Speaking of the third row, Nissan has improved it by adding a spring-assist feature and new head restraints that no longer need to be removed before folding the seat. However, the company missed an opportunity with the Quest's interior update by not equipping the minivan with a 60/40-split third row like the ones in the Grand Caravan, Hyundai Entourage, Odyssey, Sienna and others. While the Quest's third row offers passable comfort for adults and is easy to fold into the floor, its one-piece design means the Quest gives up some versatility. You also have to give the Quest's third-row seat a good shove to raise it, which might present a challenge for some owners.

Safety
The Quest performed very well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, earning the Institute's top overall rating, Good, in both. Side curtain airbags for all rows of seats are standard, and IIHS ran the minivan through its side-impact test twice (with and without the optional side-impact airbags for the front seats) and came back with the same results. Active front head restraints are standard. An electronic stability system, power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional.

Cargo & Towing
The Odyssey and Sienna offer more cargo room than the Quest, but any advantage those models have is rather small. There's 32.3 cubic feet of room behind the Quest's third row; folding it into the floor raises the total to 87.7 cubic feet. Though the second-row captain's chairs can't be removed like the competition's, they do fold fairly flat against the floor — though not into the floor like the Stow 'n Go system offered in Chrysler and Dodge minivans — to create a maximum 145.7-cubic-foot area for moving your son or daughter back to college. Selecting the optional SkyView roof panels (detailed below) lowers the ceiling and reduces these figures a bit. Like the minivans from Honda and Toyota, the Quest can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Features
Entertainment options include a DVD entertainment system that can have one or two 8-inch overhead screens (in line, one for each row), a remote control and two pairs of wireless headphones. A Technology Package that includes Sirius or XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth-based hands-free cell phone connectivity and a rearview camera on the 3.5 SL is also offered. Curiously, Nissan bundles the navigation system and run-flat tires together in an option package.

Nissan is one of the more creative automakers when it comes to moonroofs; the company's Maxima sedan, for instance, has a narrow rectangular glass panel running down the center of the roof. The Quest's optional SkyView system is a bit different, consisting of two long rectangular panes that run along the edges of the roof from the second to the third seat row. From the inside, one gets the impression that there are four overhead glass panels because the cabin's roof lining bisects each one. A traditional moonroof for the front seats is also included.

Quest in the Market
Even though crossovers are all the rage these days, there are still a number of minivans, like the Grand Caravan, Odyssey, Sienna and Chrysler Town & Country, that sell well. Unfortunately for Nissan, the Quest's relatively modest sales exclude it from that group.

While the changes to the interior are a step in the right direction, more needs to be done if the Quest is to have a chance at matching the sales performance of the leaders. I'd add a split-bench third row and roll-down second-row windows to start, and better reliability would be welcome, too; Consumer Reports predicted a reliability rating for the Quest that is much worse than average.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great value for the age

by Lee from Jacksonville, FL on July 14, 2018

This car will do what we need, and a bit more! Integral hitch a plus! 6 cyl motor gets up and goes. A great find! Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have ever owned

by Smmistry on June 21, 2018

This car met all my needs. I have used this car for fun. This car is very reliable and worth a value to my money. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Nissan Quest currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Nissan Quest 3.5

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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