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.