This vehicle performs fairly well. I am the only one to have owned this particular Nissan Quest. * Engine sounds sluggish at times, but effectively moves the immense vehicle weight well. * Traction Control is a hinderance starting out on a slippery road, but is very effective at speed. * Vehicle has 74,300 miles on it and the front brakes have been replaced at 4 times and the back brakes have been replaced twice. I notified Nissan Consumer Affairs of the problem. * Others have reported transmission problems and rattling in the doors, but I have yet to experience either of those issues. * A/C Compressor siezed up and as a result broke the serpentine belt as well. This occured at the 73,000 mile mark. Vehicle is VERY expensive to get repaired. * Tire size is 225/65 and that is a non-standard size. I have always had to special order them. They are about 150 bucks a tire and only Michelin (sp?) and Goodyear have them. Other than those instances cited above, the vehicle has transversed the Continental United States twice, as well as, the East Coast. It is probably third in line behind the Oddessey and the Sienna and offers the most bang for your buck in comparison. Comfort is ok and interior space is outstanding. If you have young kids, the DVD system is a tremondous plus if you get one that has it in it. Placement is not ideal for operation of it, but it is out of the way under the passenger seat.
Peppy. REALLY peppy! Handles great on the hightway, in heavy traffic, and on Texas Hill Country winding roads. Unbelievably sexy for a mini-van. Usability and ergonomics are exceptional, especially for the average sized woman (I am 5'5"). Back seats are captain's chairs that even my ex-husband felt comfortable in (he's 6'3"). The self-closing doors and rear hatch are a luxury that I have come to love - as well as the DVD player, and all the separate controls for sound and air throughout the vehicle. You could take tweens to Carlsbad in this bad boy and not hear a single complaint. I would not have thought I could get this kind of comfort and luxury for this price. I have been a mini-van owner since the early 80's. I have owned mini-vans by Toyota, Chrysler/Dodge, and Pontiac/Chevrolet. I have owned two Montanas and thought I would buy a third. But I felt compelled to shop every single mini-van on the market this time. After test-driving the Quest, it was the only one that felt right - for ANY price. Don't pay more for the other brands. My next mini-van will be another Quest!
It rides very smooth. Plenty of room.