More standard safety gear would give the 2009 Nissan Quest a perfect score, but crash-test scores are perfect. NHTSA awards it five out of five stars in its testing, and the IIHS gives the Nissan 2009 Quest a top rating of Good overall.
The only downfall in the 2009 Nissan Quest’s 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 Cars.com notes, the IIHS performs its crash tests on both versions of the Nissan 2009 Quests, with and without the optional side impact airbags, and they "came back with the same results."
Even Edmunds concedes 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." Front seat side airbags, active front head restraints, and side curtain airbags are now on the standard-equipment list, as is electronic stability control, while a backup camera system is optional.
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.