2013 Nissan Quest vs. Its Competition

2013 Nissan Quest
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Nissan Quest is no longer in the flexibility ballgame with the Chrysler minivans--and with the Kia Sedona taking the 2013 model year off, it's now the least reconfigurable minivan on the market.

That leaves plenty of options for savvy minivan buyers, starting with the trio of Chrysler minivans, which includes the Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, as well as the badge-engineered VW Routan.

All share a V-6 engine and six-speed automatic; safety options differ, but crash scores are excellent and the third-row seat tucks away for a flatter load floor.

The Sienna has all-wheel drive on its options list, giving it a broader appeal, along with great safety scores.

Honda's Odyssey has a stylish appeal outside, and vast interior room, but to get Bluetooth and a six-speed automatic, you'll spend nearly $40,000.

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Quick Specs
7.2
Road manners are good--but when it comes to core minivan duties like seating and safety, the 2013 Nissan Quest falls behind every other minivan on the market.
8.2
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is tops in safety, flexibility, and features--the things that matter in minivans--though it's pricey.
8.2
Function reigns supreme in the Dodge Grand Caravan: it has the best seating system and infotainment features of any minivan, and gas mileage and safety scores are excellent.
8.2
A thoughtful interior, innovative seating, and excellent handling make the 2013 Honda Odyssey a standout among minivans--although it is the priciest of them all.
8.0
The Toyota Sienna has excellent power, safety, and seating, and only narrowly misses the class benchmarks in flexibility and gas mileage.
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Top safety scores and spaciousness are in place, even if the VW Routan doesn't have all the same utility and tech options of the related Chrysler minivans.
MSRP From     
$25,990$30,620$19,995$28,675$26,585N/A
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class     
2WD Minivans2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan
Style Name     
4-Door S4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon SE5-Door LX5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 L FWD (GS)4-Door Wagon SEL Premium
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777777
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door MinivanPassenger VanPassenger VanPassenger VanMinivanMinivan
Transmission     
Continuously variable ratioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift