2012 Nissan Quest vs. Its Competition

2012 Nissan Quest
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The smaller, less flexible Quest has its hands full, competing with the four best-selling minivans in America.

The Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are refreshed versions of the perennial minivan leader, and still offer better features and functionality than any other vans, along with top safety ratings.

The Sienna also has choices of a four-cylinder and all-wheel drive, giving it a broader appeal, along with great safety scores.

Honda's Odyssey has a stylish appeal outside, and vast interior room, but to get Bluetooth and a six-speed automatic, you'll spend nearly $40,000.

The Kia Sedona is in its last year on the market, and is marginally bigger than the Quest, but suffers from the worst roof-crush score in the class.

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Quick Specs
It's less spacious and less flexible than before, but the 2012 Nissan Quest drives better than other minivans.
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country isn't substantially different from the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.
With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels.
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is the priciest of the minivans, but innovative seating and excellent handling set it apart from all the rest.
The aging Kia Sedona still offers the usual minivan virtues of people-carrying and cargo-toting, but there are newer, more flexible, safer choices.
It's not as flexible as some minivans, but the 2012 Toyota Sienna is large, safe, and still has options for four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Minivans2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD MinivanMinivan - 2WD2WD Minivan
Style Name     
4-Door S4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg5-Door LX4-Door Wagon LX5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Minivan4 DoorPassenger Van4 DoorPassenger van5 Door Reg WB
Continuously variable ratioAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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