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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Slightly taller than the competition's, the van's sides appear extraordinarily tall—so tall that even the largest 18-inch wheels and tires look small.
The sides of this van are enormous and nearly flat, a perception enhanced by the van's 6-foot 1-inch height and fact the doors wrap under the body.
The cabin itself is warm and inviting. We liked the expansive woodgrain across the dash, the quality of materials, the feel of the thick steering wheel and the overall driving position.
Although the Quest looks nothing like the previous model in any respect, it is just as polarizing.
Car and Driver
there's only so much style even the best team can apply to the shape of a boxy minivan
Looking back to the Nissan Quest of the 1990s and 2000s, this current model minivan may or may not surprise you. Each generation of the van has had distinctive styling, keeping its design fresh in comparison to–and totally different from–the models that have preceded it. Prior to the current version of the Quest, it was a quirky and swoopy-looking family hauler that broke new ground for the segment, for better and for worse.
The Quest now leans on its Japanese-market van roots, standing more upright and boxy than ever before. It has a faint resemblance to the Ford Flex from its profile, giving it some small amount of hip appeal, especially by comparison to some of its more curvaceous competitors. The nose looks lower and smaller, thanks in part to its large air inlets. The rear ends abruptly and harshly, intended for better aerodynamics, and large taillights will make this one easier to tell apart from other vans in the dark.
Inside, the Quest's interior keeps more to the standard minivan passenger-friendly and utilitarian themes, though it feels almost modern-retro Japanese with its plain-looking LCD displays and stacking of rectangles. There's a mix of wood and shiny gray plastic trim pieces throughout the interior, making the Quest feels a little upscale at times, and a little unfinished at others. The transmission lever lines up vertically on the center stack, and it blocks the driver's view of some knobs and buttons.
Atop these controls, Nissan parks an LCD screen slots. The screen is offered on mid-level models, where it’s a simpler 4.3-inch LCD. On top models the screen grows to 8 inches and incorporates more audio and navigation controls. A deck of buttons sits at the screens’ feet, piano-key style. If you're not accustomed to playing, you'll wish you'd studied, as you figure out the Quest's audio controls.
The Quest looks distinctive, with a glassy greenhouse resembling one of our favorite crossovers.