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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
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"Good" for front and side impacts; "acceptable" for roof-crush safety
When the tire-inflation monitor signals that a tire is low, the driver no longer needs a tire gauge.
the Quest's spare tire is located under the second-row seats. The under-chassis mount is only accessible from outside the vehicle, and it's a considerable reach.
There are new front triangle windows to improve outward visibility…
With some crash-test scores in, the Nissan Quest doesn't fare as well as its minivan competitors, and it lacks some of the latest technology that's been fitted to the class leaders, too.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the current Quest under its new regimen, which includes a roof-crush score. The Quest does well in front-impact and side-impact tests, but in the roof-strength test, it earns an "acceptable" rating--the lowest in the segment, aside from the outgoing Kia Sedona. That score prevents the Quest from earning the IIHS' Top Safety Pick designation, a key for a vehicle in such a safety-conscious segment.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet crash-tested the current Quest.
The Quest does have a good amount of standard safety equipment, though it's far from class-leading. Dual front, side and curtain airbags are standard; so are anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. A rearview camera is standard on the top three trim levels, with a 360-degree-view camera on the LE, but none is unavailable on the base Quest. The top Quest model also has a blind-spot warning system.
Nissan's tire-pressure monitors are standard as well, and they beep a warning at drivers when a tire is low. On models with power sliding side doors, a periodic beep signals the doors' closing.
More models get a rearview camera, but the Quest's roof-crush crash scores place it low in the minivan ranks.