What's New for 2014:
- Titanium and Gun Metallic exterior paint colors
The 2014 Nissan Quest is a 7-passenger, front-wheel-drive (FWD) minivan available in S, SV, SL, and LE trim levels, all powered by a standard V-6 engine. Though the segment has shrunk in recent years, the Quest continues to have competition from the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, and the Toyota Sienna. All of these minivans also compete, albeit less directly, with a slew of family-friendly crossover models, such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Flex, Toyota Highlander, and even Nissan's own Pathfinder.
Models and Features
While basic 16-in. steel wheels, 4-speaker sound system, and a urethane steering wheel hint at the Quest S's entry-level status, the van does offer its share of desirable amenities, such as power-adjustable outside mirrors, height-adjustable driver's seat, push-button start, cruise control, auxiliary audio input jack, and up to 108.4 cu. ft. of cargo space when second- and third-row seats are folded.
Things move a bit more upscale with the 2014 Nissan Quest SV, which is where buyers will find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-in. alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, power-sliding doors, 6-speaker sound system and 4.3-in. display screen, USB port, satellite radio capability, rearview camera, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
From there, the Quest SL keeps the content train moving by adding 18-in. alloy wheels, heated turn signal mirrors, power liftgate, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. The list of upgrades also includes a power driver's seat and an electronic compass.
As expected, the top-of-the-line 2014 Quest LE has the most to offer, as reflected by its standard memory settings, HID headlights, power third-row seats, 8-in. touch-screen navigation system, premium audio, rear-seat entertainment system, 360-degree exterior camera system, rear sunshades, and a blind-spot monitoring system.
Options and Packages
Unfortunately, there are no upgrade packages for the base Quest S, but the SV can be tricked out with the rear-seat entertainment system as well as a Leather package that includes heated front seats with power adjustments for the driver. The Quest SL is also available with the rear entertainment system, either as a stand-alone option or as part of a Bose audio package. A dual-pane moonroof is offered on SL and LE versions.
Under the Hood
Every 2014 Nissan Quest that rolls off of the assembly line is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Output is directed to the front wheels via a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). An all-wheel-drive system is not available for the Quest. Nissan says its minivan can tow up to 3,500 lbs.
According to the EPA, the 2014 Nissan Quest averages 19 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg in mixed driving.
Safety and Ratings
In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Nissan Quest received a rating of \"Good\"--the Institute's highest--for moderate front overlap crash protection. As this overview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the crashworthiness of the 2014 Nissan Quest.
In terms of equipment, the 2014 Nissan Quest features 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, 6 air bags, and front active head restraints.