The Quest passed the first test: I had to be able to make the driver's seat comfortable for me. I'm short, and had to reject some very nice cars because the front of the seat was cutting off my circul...
The Quest passed the first test: I had to be able to make the driver's seat comfortable for me. I'm short, and had to reject some very nice cars because the front of the seat was cutting off my circulation!
The Quest has a smooth, quiet ride, great handling, and more power than people driving a minivan might ever need. The controls on the dash are clearly marked and easy to reach. The interior is versatile and thoughtfully designed, whether you are bringing people or cargo. There is an ample running board where passengers can step when getting into the rear of the car, another feature appreciated by the vertically challenged!
This vehicle comes in tan, black, and three shades of gray! I would like to see Nissan add a rich red, or a seafoam green, or a sky blue...enough with the gray, already! However, the interior is a pleasant shade of gray, not too light or too dark.
This vehicle is a little shorter and a little wider that the Venture I traded in. It is probably a little wider than it needs to be. Just a tiny bit of trimming of the width might make it appealingly sleeker, and a tad easier to park in narrow places.
The front doors are a bit longer than the Venture's. I find myself watching more carefully to leave more space between my car and the next so as to be able to get out of my car, and not to ding the next person's door.
The side mirrors are gi-normous! This provides great visibility, but also interferes somewhat with the driver's line of sight, especially when turning left. The little, triangular window where the vent used to be in olden days is a little help, but not the solution. Speaking of visibility, another feature I love is the back-up viewing screen. Not only does it provide valuable feedback about what might be behind the car, but also lets me see how well I have parked, so I don't have to open the door and stick my head out in the rain!
The model I have does not have automatic lights. I had them on the old car, and was glad to get rid of them. I prefer to decide for myself when to put my lights on.
A design "feature" on almost all of the new cars which I hope will disappear is the very wide gap between the edge of the car and the edge of the seat. It makes it hard for people with any kind of disability to get into their seat. One reason I rejected the Dodge Caravan in my search was that the running board was a slick as ice! As I was boosting myself into the driver's seat, I couldn't get any traction, even though I was wearing sneakers! The same was true of the area of the floor mat by the gas pedal. I didn't want to have to cope with that on a daily basis. The Caravan was the only car I tried that presented that problem.
As for reliability, my 2013 Quest does not even have 200 miles on it yet, so that remains to be seen!
I tried quite a few vehicles before selecting this one, and so far, I am very happy with my choice!