2016 Nissan Quest review

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Nissan Quest highlights

Customer rating


  • 360-degree camera system option
  • Fits seven passengers
  • Smooth on the road


  • No V8 engine option
  • Second-row doesn't offer bench seating
  • Lacks Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™  connectivity

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

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A versatile van for families and fun

If you're searching for a van that can haul people, pets, and packages too, the 2016 Nissan Quest can accommodate your needs. Whether you've volunteered to carpool the neighbor kids to sports practice and need seating for up to seven passengers, or you're into showing dogs and need a vehicle with folding second and third-row seats to fit a few kennels, this van can do it. Plus, you'll ride in style thanks to the many comfort features and in-cabin technology.

All Nissan Quest years

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Nissan Quest

1. Strong engine and towing ability 

A 3.5L V6 with 260 hp paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) powers all four trims (S, SV, SL, and Platinum) of the 2016 Nissan Quest. This van gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

So, go ahead and plan that family getaway weekend. And, don't forget to hook up the small trailer so you can haul the kayaks too! The 2016 Nissan Quest can tow an estimated 3,500 lbs when properly equipped.

2. Smooth on the road 

If you're looking for a van with little road or wind noise, a suspension system that absorbs bumps, precise steering, and some get-up-and-go when accelerating, the 2016 Nissan Quest delivers. Add to that the spacious cabin with captain's seats in the second row that makes it easy to access the third row. Sure this van is great as a daily driver, but it's also cozy enough for long highway drives too. 

3. Exciting modern tech 

The 2016 Nissan Quest SV trim offers a rearview camera, power-sliding doors, Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity, available satellite radio, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and a five-inch display screen. The SV Leather package adds an eight-way power driver seat with lumbar support and heated front seats. If you have a stroller to load and unload often, opt for the SL trim with a power liftgate and a quick release to fold the third-row seating down. 

4. Helpful driver aids 

All trims of the 2016 Nissan Quest come with stability and traction control. If you have a new driver in the home, consider looking for a Platinum trim featuring a blind-spot warning system to alert you when traffic rides close on either side of the van and a 360-degree view camera to help see all around the vehicle when parking. This trim also includes parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alerts. 

5. Loaded Platinum trim option 

Speaking of the Platinum trim, this top-tier option of the 2016 Nissan Quest flaunts the latest in convenience and cozy features. You'll enjoy front and rear parking sensors, driver's seat memory functions, sunshades on the windows in the second and third rows, a four-way adjustable front passenger seat, advanced filtration, a navigation system, 13-speaker sound system, and an eight-inch touchscreen with a DVD-based entertainment package to keep the kids quiet on long drives. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Nissan Quest an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Nissan Quest 10th out of 14 among Minivans.

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Nissan Quest features and specs

Platinum 2WD 4D Pass Van

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • BOSE Sound System
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Sliding Door(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 43.8"/M 36.7"/R 40.5"

Head room

F 42.1"/M 41.6"/R 40"

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Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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