R.I.P: Nissan Quest


Well.. At least for now. There will be no 2010 model of the current design.
And it looks like the replacement will be coming in about a year, but will be built in Japan instead of the US.
The current model was never really a big hit.
I personally like it. It looks different than other minivans, with a modern art style interior design that makes anything else in the segment boring and dated.
But I guess that’s what you get for trying to introduce a bit of style in the ultra conservative minivan market.


I hope the next one is based on theis Forum concept from a couple of years ago.
I saw it in detroit, and it was pretty impressive in person.
But I think Nissan will end up going conservative with their next minivan.

Conversation 14 comments

  1. What killed it was the gauge cluster mounted in the center of the dash, instead of in front of the driver. This was corrected with a hasty redesign 1-1/2 years into the run; but the damage was done. The outside still looked the same so they lost any "latest & greatest" momentum. Too bad. The overall design was vastly superior to the frumpy Sienna or the generic & boring Honda. When Chrysler & Dodge upgraded in 2008 it sealed Nissan's fate for good. The (dash) problem was corrected, but a reputation for bad design had taken hold and wouldn't let go–even though it was no longer valid. People are creatures of habit. And just like Hondaphiles who blindly keep buying Hondas long after the quality and innovative design have long gone; So to is the habit of passing over Nissan's minivan long after the one and only flaw has been eliminated.

    Such is human nature.

    Too bad.

  2. Who cares.

    It is just another piece of Nissan junk. It has lost every single comparison test it was ever in, and Consumer Reports rated its reliability WELL BELOW AVERAGE. Nissan sold as many Quests in 11 months as Honda sold Odysseys in one month.

    Nissan = JUNK.

  3. I don't think that the Nissan Quest is very stylish. It has that nasty Nissan front end that is duller than Wonderbread. It is just another left lane hog that was much sportier in its advertising than in reality. Sayonara.

  4. Good. Why buy a stuipd slow minivan when you can buy a crossover? More minivans should get killed. They are pointless and ugly and slow at accelerating. Everytime I behind one, I have to get in the next lane just so I can maintain my speed. I hate these types of vehicles. They are stupid ugly slow, big and useless. More vans should die off.

  5. The only time a van actually goes fast is when the driver is in a hurry. I'm so tired of hearing that old soccer mom thing. You can buy a CUV to take the kids to soccer practice too. Why is it that CUVs like the Highlander and Rav-4 have 3rd row for kids? They have DVD players just like the stupid low vans. Besides no matter how much horsepower a van has they are still stupid slow busess. I hate them.

  6. I have had 2 Quests and love them! So much more practical than any "_UV". The sliding doors and great storage areas cannot be matched by any trendy but stupid "_UV".
    The Quest styling was great, but many good looking cars were rejected by the American public over the years.

    And "Anonymous" above is an idiot. Minivans are not slow – maybe some people drive them slow, but I blast past most traffic on I17 from Phoenix to Prescott on a regular basis – even up the steep mountain grades. What should be "killed" (as the idiot says) are hulking pigs like Suburbans, Escalades, Hummers and other road hogs in that class. Long live the minivan – especially the Quest.

    Now when I want to really move, I take my NISSAN GT-R out for spin.

    And for "Anonymous" #2, if you think Nissans are junk, why don't you pull alongside a GT-R and open your blabbermouth. I guarantee whatever you are driving will not only be junk, it will be blown away, losing junk.

  7. If Nissan DID bring somthing close to the concept shown it would actually sell, and to men. It does away with the feminine aspect completely and actually gives the Minivan some real style, more-so than I've seen from any competitor, especially the new Sienna that tries to be sporty with tacked on ground effects and clear lens taillamps but still manages to be ugly!

  8. The Japanese home market vans are so much better than the ones developed for the US. Toyota offers much better vans outside the US also but won't bring them here.

  9. OH please just because you you drive your van fast doesn't mean the people I'm around with stupid slow vans do. My experiance of being behind a van is different from you driving fast. I wish we could clone you a million times so you can replace all the people who drive vans slow and make them appear fast. When a light just turns green, it seems like it takes 3 years for the Van to get to a speed it was prior before the light turning red. That's how slow I think they are.

  10. "Toyota offers much better vans outside the US also but won't bring them here."

    They don't meet the safety standards in the US. Remember the "Previa DEATH Trap?" They still sell it where human life is not valued so much. But they couldn't GIVE one away in the US after the Insurance Institute for Hyway Safety proved it to be the most unsafe minivan Americans had ever seen– and by an incredibally wide margin.

  11. Vans are stupid and slow. Buy a CUV. Nissan agrees with me that's why the stupid slow quest is dead and it's cuvs and suvs live on. F vans. Kia should killed the Sedona and not the Borrego. F vans.

  12. The new Sienna is an abomination.. and if other recent Honda designs are any indication, the next Odyssey won't look half as good as the current one.. so a new Forum-based Quest might be the breath of fresh air this segment needs.

  13. "Bill said…
    I have had 2 Quests and love them! So much more practical than any "_UV". The sliding doors and great storage areas cannot be matched by any trendy but stupid "_UV".
    The Quest styling was great, but many good looking cars were rejected by the American public over the years.

    And "Anonymous" above is an idiot. Minivans are not slow – maybe some people drive them slow, but I blast past most traffic on I17 from Phoenix to Prescott on a regular basis – even up the steep mountain grades. What should be "killed" (as the idiot says) are hulking pigs like Suburbans, Escalades, Hummers and other road hogs in that class. Long live the minivan – especially the Quest.

    Now when I want to really move, I take my NISSAN GT-R out for spin.

    And for "Anonymous" #2, if you think Nissans are junk, why don't you pull alongside a GT-R and open your blabbermouth. I guarantee whatever you are driving will not only be junk, it will be blown away, losing junk.

    January 5, 2010 8:49 PM"

    #1 – You don't have a GT-R

    #2 – You aren't going to blast jack when your transmission grenades itself and Nissan refuses to pony up. You won't get that with a Porsche.

    GTFO of here.

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