2008 Nissan Quest Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
July 5, 2008

The 2008 Nissan Quest does everything a minivan should -- carries seven, has a flexible cargo area and gets good fuel economy -- and looks appealing, too.

TheCarConnection.com's family-van experts researched a wide range of road tests of the 2008 Nissan Quest to put together this conclusive review. TheCarConnection.com's resident moms and dads also drove the Nissan Quest to help you decide which reviews to trust where opinions differ, to add more impressions and details, and to provide you with the best information.

The 2008 Nissan Quest is the latest version of a minivan that was designed from the outset to be unlike other minivans. Nissan's plan was to make the minivan sexy--and the original Quest certainly looked different; to most eyes, it still looks good. The interior has been another story--owners and car reviewers have complained about the Quest's plasticky interior, so for 2008, it's been improved. By outfitting the 2008 Quest with a new instrument panel and center console, Nissan's cleaned up the most egregious portions of the interior. Along with new front and rear-end treatments, the Quest has a cleaner, less awkward apperance than before--but the faux-wood trim inside and more traditional shapes no longer look right with the sloping front and rear ends.

For power, the 2008 Nissan Quest sticks with a 240-horsepower version of the same 3.5-liter, DOHC V-6 used in both the Maxima and Altima sedans; here, it's tied to a standard five-speed automatic. The big V-6 provides ample torque, giving the large Quest confident acceleration and passing power. Fuel economy is 16/24 mpg.

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The 2008 Quest is one of the roomiest front-wheel-drive minivans on the market. The second- and third-row seats fold flat into the floor, creating a large 148.7-cubic-foot cargo area. This year, the third-row seat also gets automatically folding headrests and a spring assist that make it easier to tuck away. It's difficult to ask more of a minivan, and yet the 2008 Nissan Quest also handles well for a vehicle so large.

All 2008 Nissan Quests have anti-lock brakes, front and curtain airbags, and tire-pressure monitors as well as active head restraints. Side airbags are now standard on all Quests. The minivan scores five-star safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with four-star rollover resistance and "good" ratings for front and side protection from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Four models are offered, and the standard vehicle gets power features plus the five-speed automatic. Upscale editions have a standard power sliding side door, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, and XM Satellite Radio.

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