2012 Nissan Quest

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Nissan Quest base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Interior quality
  • Ease of seat folding

The Bad

  • Second-row bench not offered
  • All-wheel drive not offered
2012 Nissan Quest exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Nissan Quest

  • All rear seats fold flat
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Cloth or leather upholstery
  • Low step-in height

2012 Nissan Quest Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned for the 2011 model year, the Nissan Quest minivan can seat up to seven people in three rows. It competes with the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. It comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and LE.

New for 2012
Satellite radio is now standard on SV and SL trims.

Exterior
The Quest is distinguished by black pillars that combine with tinted rear and side windows to lend a floating-roof appearance. All trim levels have a prominent chrome grille strip, chrome door handles and a spoiler atop the squared-off rear end. Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels are standard
  • 18-inch alloy rims are available
  • Available power-sliding side doors
  • Available moonroof
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power liftgate

Interior
The Quest seats seven, with three seats in the third row and two captain's chairs forming the second row. The captain's chairs flank a removable center console. All five rear seats can be folded forward to form a flat cargo floor. Because the third row folds forward rather than back, there's a deep well behind it that remains usable even when the seats are flat. A rigid cover over the well keeps the load floor continuous when the seats are lowered. In the SL and LE, the two third-row segments are spring-loaded to fold flat at the pull of a lever. A power seatback return feature comes on the LE trim. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery
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Vehicle Overview

Redesigned for the 2011 model year, the Nissan Quest minivan can seat up to seven people in three rows. It competes with the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. It comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and LE.

New for 2012
Satellite radio is now standard on SV and SL trims.

Exterior
The Quest is distinguished by black pillars that combine with tinted rear and side windows to lend a floating-roof appearance. All trim levels have a prominent chrome grille strip, chrome door handles and a spoiler atop the squared-off rear end. Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels are standard
  • 18-inch alloy rims are available
  • Available power-sliding side doors
  • Available moonroof
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power liftgate

Interior
The Quest seats seven, with three seats in the third row and two captain's chairs forming the second row. The captain's chairs flank a removable center console. All five rear seats can be folded forward to form a flat cargo floor. Because the third row folds forward rather than back, there's a deep well behind it that remains usable even when the seats are flat. A rigid cover over the well keeps the load floor continuous when the seats are lowered. In the SL and LE, the two third-row segments are spring-loaded to fold flat at the pull of a lever. A power seatback return feature comes on the LE trim. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery
  • Available leather with heated front seats
  • Available memory feature for driver's seat
  • Available backup camera
  • Available iPod hookup and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Bose stereo
  • Available backseat entertainment system

Under the Hood
A 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 teams with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Runs on regular gas


Safety
Nissan has enhanced the standard tire pressure monitoring system with Easy Fill Tire Alert, which flashes the hazard lamps to confirm when a tire is being filled with air and also chirps the horn once the specified pressure is reached so you know to remove the air hose. Safety features include:

  • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Front-seat active head restraints
  • Side curtain airbags protect all three seat rows in the event of a side-impact collision or rollover
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Blind spot warning system optional

 


Latest 2012 Quest Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Most comfortable minivan ive owned.

by Jlashef from Danielsville pa on February 21, 2018

I have had honda, toyota, and chrysler minivans in the past, this one far surpasses all of them. Far more comfortable, powerful, and more sporty looking. Read full review

(5.0)

Extremely reliable and roomy

by Horsehair from Talledega on December 5, 2017

I think the all-around feeling on this vehicle is excellent has plenty of room for my family and I is very reliable so I don't have to worry about my wife breaking down on the side of the road Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Nissan Quest currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Nissan Quest S

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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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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