The Nissan Quest minivan continues to offer an extensive list of family-friendly features – from its bold styling with full surround glass that provides an airy, open interior environment to one-touch power sliding doors, quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, Advanced Climate Control System, and an always-available rear storage well.
A number of enhancements have been added for the 2015 model year, including the renaming of the previous top-of-the-line Quest LE grade to Quest Platinum. In addition, all models feature revised tuning and a new D-Step Shift Logic for the standard Xtronic transmission, which simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling without holding a high rpm constant, letting rpms build as speed builds. Fuel economy increases 2 mpg highway, 1 mpg city and combined (27 mpg highway, 20 mpg city and 22 mpg combined). Finally, a 5.0-inch color audio system display replaces the previous 4.3-inch version and Moving Object Detection (MOD) has been added to the Platinum model's standard Around View® Monitor.
The 2015 Nissan Quest's "innovative functionality" starts with the proven foundation of Nissan's advanced D-platform. With its long 118.1-inch wheelbase and 200.8-inch overall length, Quest offers both a roomy interior and a highly maneuverable overall size.
The Quest exterior styling combines fluid sculptural elements with crafted details to provide a bold approach to minivan design. In front, the bumper, horizontal grille and headlights blend into the dramatic side character line and distinctive wheel forms filled with standard 16-inch or 18-inch wheels. The door sections and surfaces flow seamlessly into the rear boomerang taillights and tailgate finisher, helping create a look as if Quest was carved from one solid piece of sculptor's stone.
The most striking aspect of the Quest design is the full surround glass (standard privacy glass on SV SL and Platinum models), black sash molding and chrome trim accents, which combine with the wide, low stance and muscular front end to give Quest the most dynamic and distinctive appearance in class. The Quest exterior design is also one of the most wind-efficient, with a 0.32 Cd for the Quest S model.
In addition to standard chrome door handles and rear roof spoiler, available exterior features include High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, auto on/off headlight function, fog lights, and dual power heated outside mirrors. Quest also features small triangle windows in the front doors to help enhance visibility. Available on Quest SL and Platinum models are a Dual Opening Glass Moonroof that contributes to the open, airy atmosphere of the Quest interior for all passengers.
Quest is offered with power-sliding side doors with selective unlock function and one-touch open/unlock feature and power-opening windows. The system works in conjunction with the standard Nissan Intelligent Key®. Also, due to the way the Quest's door rail system is designed, the sliding door step-in height is lower than competitive minivans. This is especially helpful for small children or older adults getting into the 2nd or 3rd rows. In addition, a one-touch unlock/open power rear liftgate is standard on Quest SL and Platinum models.
The easy-to-use convenience also carries over into the interior design with the quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats. The 60/40-split 3rd row seat can be switched from upright to fold-flat position with the simple pull of one strap (Quest S, SV, SL) or push of a button (Quest Platinum). The Platinum model also includes 3rd row power return seatback. A spring assist aids the manual fold and return operation. The 2nd row bucket seats also feature easy-fold/return operation, and there is a standard 2nd row walk-in device for easier access to the 3rd row.
Quest's permanent rear storage well provides a large, flexible space behind the 3rd row seat, offering a hidden, additional cargo area for bulky items. The storage area is independent of the fold flat 3rd row seat – so it's always there when needed – and is covered by a lightweight but sturdy 60/40-split multi-position removable cover.
Interior comfort and convenience features are also designed for flexibility and functionality. The driver's seat is a 6-way manual adjustment design for S and SV models and 8-way power-adjustable for SL and Platinum trim levels. The passenger seat is 4-way manual adjustable on S, SV, and SL and 4-way power on Platinum. Rich cloth seat fabric is standard on S and SV, while leather-appointed seats are standard on SL and Platinum models. Quest Platinum also features a 2-driver memory and auto entry/exit system.
Unique Quest front seating features include a special structure, which uses three types of cushions, and the first application of Nissan's Quick Comfort front seat heaters (SL and Platinum models). When activated, this sophisticated system immediately begins warming the body parts that are most sensitive to heat, such as the thighs and hips. Then, to maintain a warm, cozy feeling, the heater increases heating on body pressure points.
Quest's theater-style interior layout with raised 2nd and 3rd rows provides occupants with excellent visibility and a good view of the available 11-inch WVGA family entertainment system display monitor. The comfortable 2nd row Captain's Chair style seats include dual armrests, recline, and fore/aft adjustability, while the 3rd row 60/40-split bench includes recline and 3-way adjustable headrests.
A total of six cupholders and six bottle holders are standard, along with four coat hangers and two 12-volt DC outlets. The dual-level front center console offers flexible storage, as does the removable 2nd row console. An overhead front console is standard on SL and Platinum models.
Quest's wide instrument panel includes a new 5.0-inch color audio display on SV and SL models.
Quest Platinum models feature an 8-inch touch screen display for the standard Nissan Navigation System. The hard drive-based navigation system includes a user-friendly graphic interface, menu structure and intelligent search capabilities, NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).
One of the most innovative technologies is the Quest Platinum's standard Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster® air purifier, Grape Polyphenol Filter and auto recirculation control. The system works three ways to help reduce allergens and unwanted odors within the Quest cabin. Its automatic intake control utilizes sensors to constantly monitor outside odors and automatically closes the intake port to prevent inflow of exhaust fumes or other unpleasant smells into the interior. It then restores fresh airflow automatically when the offensive odors have passed.
The ACCS also employs a Grape Polyphenol Filter to help reduce the number of harmful allergens in the interior air. Finally, an advanced Plasmacluster® purifier generates ions to "scrub" the interior air of unwanted odors – whether they come from outside or inside the vehicle.
Quest SV, SL and Platinum models feature a Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control system, while Quest S models include manual temperature control. A range of audio systems is also available, starting with the Quest S model's AM/FM/CD system with four speakers. A Bose® premium audio system with AM/FM/CD/DVD and 13 speakers (including dual subwoofers) is standard on Quest Platinum and available on SL models. A USB port with iPod® connectivity is standard on SV models and above.
A RearView Monitor, which helps you see what is directly behind the Quest when the gear selector is in reverse, is standard on SV, SL and Platinum models.
Quest Platinum models also offer Nissan's unique Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) as standard equipment – which utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping to maneuver it into tight spots.
Moving Object Detection builds on the capabilities of the AVM system, helping enhance the driver's situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings if the system detects large moving objects around the vehicle in situations such as when pulling out of a parking space. Using sophisticated image processing technology, the system detects moving objects within the "bird's-eye view" when the vehicle is stopped and in Park or Neutral. When under five mph and in Drive or Reverse, it detects moving objects crossing within either the front or rear views.
Innovation for Driving Security and Pleasure
Dynamic performance is a hallmark of Nissan vehicles and Quest is no exception. Quest's top-level quality and reliability starts with use of a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 with 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, part of Nissan's award-winning VQ engine series. The engine incorporates a twin Nissan Variable Induction Control System (NICS), microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, reduced internal friction, resin intake manifold, forged crankshaft, digital knock control system, high capacity muffler and lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads.
Backing the engine is a revised version of Nissan's advanced Xtronic transmission with D-Step Shift Logic and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), which provides a responsive driving experience and the smoothness that only a CVT offers. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.
The Quest's secure, responsive handling feel is provided by the 4-wheel independent suspension, with independent strut with coil springs and stabilizer bar in front and a multi-link design in rear. Braking is through 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Steering is a vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion design.
Quest S and SV models come with 16-inch wheels (aluminum-alloy on SV) with 225/65R16 all-season tires, while Quest SL and Platinum models feature 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 235/65R18 all-season tires. Quest's standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) includes Nissan's Easy Fill Tire Alert. When filling the tires with air, the hazard lamps flash to let you know the system is working. When the correct pressure is reached, Quest will give a friendly beep of the horn.
As part of Nissan's "Safety Shield" concept, Quest is designed to incorporate a number of advanced safety systems. Standard on the Quest Platinum model is the Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system, which helps alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area by illuminating an indicator light in the appropriate outside mirror. If the driver then activates the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds.
Every 2015 Quest also offers standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Also standard are a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain supplemental side-impact air bags for front- and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection, front-seat Active Head Restraints and child safety rear door locks.
Four Well-Equipped Quest Models
Quest is offered in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Six exterior colors are available: Titanium, Dark Mahogany, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic and Pearl White. Two interior colors are offered, Beige and Gray, in a choice of cloth (S and SV) or leather-appointed (standard on SL and Platinum, optional on SV) seating.
The Quest S starts with 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers; rear roof spoiler; 6-way adjustable driver's seat; fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, permanent rear storage well; 1st and 2nd row center consoles; Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition; and AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers.
Quest SV adds one-touch power sliding doors; wood-tone trim; 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Tri-Zone Auto Temperature Control; six speakers; fog lights; 5.0-inch color audio display; USB port with iPod® connectivity; Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with steering wheel controls; RearView Monitor; and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
For buyers seeking a higher level of luxury features, Quest SL includes leather-appointed seating and door trim; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; power liftgate; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat; Quick Comfort heated front seats; HomeLink® Universal Transceiver; auto-dimming inside mirror with compass; roof rails; auto on/off headlights; leather-wrapped shift knob; and heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals.
Finally, Quest Platinum features Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Navigation System; Bose® Audio System with 13 speakers; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately); memory system for driver's seat and outside mirrors; auto tilt-in-reverse outside mirrors; 2nd and 3rd row manual blinds; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat; 8-inch VGA color display (dash mounted); DVD Entertainment System; rear 11-inch 16:9 aspect ratio display for DVD Entertainment; Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS); Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system; and High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights.
Four option packages are offered: DVD Entertainment System (SV, SL), Leather Package (SV), Dual Opening Glass Moonroof (SL and Platinum), and Bose® Package (SL).
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