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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…
The Quest lacks some of the newest safety technologies found in a few of its competitors, and it hasn't yet been rated by the agencies that crash-test cars for 2014.
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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet crash-tested the current Quest.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the 2013 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.
With a low rating in the roof-crush crash test, the Quest doesn't earn safety scores as high as its competition.