2015 Nissan Quest Safety

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The 2015 Nissan Quest hasn't yet been rated by the agencies that evaluate vehicle safety, and it lacks some of the industry's newest safety technologies.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the 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. 

Good crash-test scores are a minivan essential, but the Quest falls short.

To make matters worse, the IIHS has also performed a small-overlap test on the Quest, and gave it a Poor rating, calling it one of the worst performances yet in the 40-mph test, which simulates impact with a telephone pole.

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.

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