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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Top rating of Good overall
Five of five stars
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The 2008 Nissan Quest has a combination of great crash-test ratings and lots of safety equipment—some of it optional on base models.
The IIHS gives the Nissan 2008 Quest a top rating of Good overall, and the NHTSA awards it five out of five stars in its testing.
Among the many safety features offered by the Nissan Quest are anti-lock brakes, traction control, front and front side airbags, and side curtain airbags for all three rows. The only downfall in the Nissan Quest 2008 safety offerings is that, as Edmunds points out, "not all models come with front-seat side airbags and stability control," factors that affect safety specs, but doesn't influence the scores in crash-test ratings.
In fact, as noted by Cars.com, the IIHS performed its crash tests on both versions of the Nissan 2008 Quests, with and without the optional side impact airbags, and they "came back with the same results." And even Edmunds has to concede that "although we'd like to see Nissan improve the breadth of the van's safety features, there's no arguing with the Quest's top safety scores." While there are some standard safety features available on all models of the 2008 Nissan Quest, such as the active front head restraints and side curtain airbags, there are many more optional features. Just a few include the front-seat side airbags, a backup camera, and electronic stability control.
Visibility for the Nissan Quest does have its downfalls. Although the front windshield is large, allowing great visibility up front, the rear visibility is somewhat lacking. MyRide.com notices that the "second row headrests block the view, and the rear headrests eat up a big chunk of the rear window." There are also many large blind spots, even with mirrors that seem to cover as much space as possible.
More standard safety gear would give the 2008 Nissan Quest a perfect score, but crash-test scores are perfect.