2014 Quest LE - 4 Years and 50,000 miles later...
October 19, 2018
Over the years, I've used cars.com routinely to search for new and used cars. Customer review has been a great source of information in making an informed decision. Hopefully, someone will benefit from our impressions of 2014 Quest LE over the last 50k.
We've purchased this van locally in April of 2014. We also got an extended warranty for 7 years/100,000 miles. So far, the van has been reliable and we did not have to use the extended warranty. Overall, it has been a great, reliable and comfortable vehicle for the family.
With any luck, Nissan engineers and designers may read this and use the review to make the Quest even better. Any complaints here are more of a "feedback" kind, and "first world problems." Also, some of the observations are in direct comparison to our 2007 Quest SE, which we liked very much (except for the miserable Michelin PAX tires).
Gas mileage is not as good as the EPA rating. We get 16/23 routinely, and used to get 19/26 in our 2007 Quest. Same drivers, same routes, same load. It has not changed over the years, it's been like this from day one.
OEM Toyo tires were dead after 14k miles. Dealer (Nissan of Cool Springs) did not care. It should not be of consequence to those looking for a good used vehicle, but still...
Breaks work well, but one needs to REALLY step on them to get action. Also, pads wear off quickly, and we had to turn rotors at around 25k. I realize it's a heavy vehicle, but that seems a tad early.
Grey leather stains easily and is very difficult to keep clean.
Volume control is not linear; change from 3 to 4 notches on the display, for example, is SIGNIFICANT - from not being able to hear - to waking up sleeping children in the back.
There is no safety (above the door) handle on the driver's side.
iPod/iPhone connection is spotty. It works most of the time, but sometimes acts up for no apparent reason.
Second row seat belts do not roll back and tend to dangle and get caught in a sliding door. If they don't get trapped by the door, they dangle on the floor and get noisy.
Overall, we're happy with it and will keep it for several more years. It's comfortable, relatively quiet and looks like new inside and out. Materials and buttons are solid and pleasant to touch. DVD system and headphones have been flawless for the back seat passengers. Amount of storage, especially with third row seats down is amazing.