By on December 6, 2016

2015 Nissan QuestYou can still buy a brand new Nissan Quest.

In fact, you’ll be able to do so in 2017, as well.

To be honest, we had our doubts about the Quest’s U.S. future. Nissan Canada killed the Quest in 2013.  Fast forward three years, and Nissan USA’s lingering Quest suffered a massive 73-percent year-over-year sales decline between August and November of this year. During that period, only 0.5 percent of American minivan buyers, just one out of every 200, opted for a Nissan Quest. 

With sales poor and inventory falling below 300 units nationwide, we became suspicious. Long after Nissan began featuring 2017 examples of the company’s current fleet on both its media and consumer websites, the Quest still only existed as a 2016 example. Time and again we made inquiries with Nissan. Time and again, Nissan responded with an absence of hard information.

This morning, however, was different. Our latest query, “Can we assume it’s dead, or is this just an extended hiatus before a 2017 Quest arrives?”, was met with a no.

“There will be a 2017 Quest,” Dan Passe, senior manager for Nissan product communications, told TTAC today. There’s no word yet on the exact timing of the on-sale date or any trim changes, or if the Quest will still fail miserably in the IIHS’s small overlap test.

But even with mere crumbs provided by Nissan so far, this is like the thrilling culmination to a 60 Minutes investigative report. PBS Frontline would have killed for this story. Ken Burns will someday film an historical montage revealing the inner secrets of TTAC’s quest to discover — or not discover, perish the thought — the long-awaited 2017 Quest.

We began pursuing the possible end-of-Quest-production story at the end of October. It is now the beginning of December. That’s the kind of sticktuitiveness, the dogged determination and fervent focus, that brings you back to TTAC day after day.

Okay, so it’s not The Next GT-R. For goodness’ sake, it’s not even a re-engineered Altima.

It’s a Nissan Quest: the most forgotten, ignored, and rejected minivan in America.

But with every indicator pointing the other direction, you heard it here — first, we think — that Nissan USA will import the fourth-generation Quest for a seventh model year.

The 2017 Nissan Quest lives.

Alas, it appears as though there will be no Mercury Villager twin.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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26 Comments on “ICYMI: The Nissan Quest Still Exists – Company Confirms 2017 Model...”


  • avatar
    Cactuar

    I hope Nissan make the Quest stronger for 2017; unlikely as it’s probably all carryover. It badly needs a safety update. Go watch the Quest small overlap crash test, it’s not pretty.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    I always think of them as Elgrands, since that’s what they’re called everywhere else.

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    My neighbor has a Nissan Quest, the original jelly-bean shaped model. The tapping valve lifters when they leave are part of the neighborhood soundtrack. I can tell by the noise when it’s had a fresh oil change.
    This doesn’t matter to anyone one way or another, but there the point that there are very few Quests around is very true.
    Once the Dodge stops selling the most popular minivan ever, maybe Nissan will be able to take up a bit of the slack.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    I mean, I guess they could press to invest in the next Quest to wrest a passing grade in the IIHS test, but what will stop IIHS from creating a NEW test the new Quest will then fail?

    Let’s not get stressed about the Quest test fest. It’s the best Quest, east to west, as long as you wear a life vest and don’t sit three abreast, lest you risk getting messed…up.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      Hehe. I just looked at the brochure, and it seems the only seating option in the second row is captain’s chairs. Is there any minivan still around that has a three-person second row bench seat?

      Was there ever one, for that matter? Now that I think about it, all our ’90s Grand Caravans/Voyagers had a two-person middle bench, and looking at those brochures, it seems that the only way to get a three-person middle bench was to not get the third row on the SWB (non-Grand) models.

      • 0 avatar
        Richard Chen

        Ford Transit Connect and Ram Promaster City passenger variants come to mind, although the latter lacks a third row.

        Many larger minivans have a smaller, removable 2nd row center seat that fits between the buckets. Sienna and Odyssey have had one for over a decade, Kia Sedona and Chrysler Pacifica more recently have an 8th seat as well.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    “Once the reigning queen of the automotive landscape, the segment has nosedived as more and more consumers choose boxy, do-everything utility vehicles.”

    It appears that 90% of the do-everything-utility-vehicles I see are anything but boxy.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    The Quest the most rejected minivan ever? The only people I know of that own a modern Quest, the parents of my nephew’s best friend, acquired their Quest after trading in a Mazda5. There’s your huckleberry.

  • avatar
    zamoti

    I test drove a Quest last year and I REALLY liked it. It was very spacious, comfortable, quiet everything you wanted a minivan to be. It had a pano sunroof, fun cameras all over the outside and the fit and finish were very good. The drive was nothing surprising for a big van, it wasn’t fast but it wasn’t slow either. Of course just as I was considering the Quest, the small overlap results came out and that was the end of that.
    It’s a shame though, if you ever get a chance to sit in one, you’d see that it’s rather nice.

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-Iron

      The safety is the problem. I wanted a van for my dog, 2.5 children, and all their accessories. I have driven the Chrysler/Dodges and considered the Sienna, but ultimately went with the Honda because of the crash tests. I didn’t bother to drive anything else. I don’t think I am going out on a limb here when I say that generally parents buy minivans, and unlike say, Viper or Corvette buyers, most parents would put safety very high on the list of must-haves.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      My SIL has a Quest, we joking call it the Maxi-Van… because its HUGE (both inside and out). I guess its fine as far as mini-vans go, the ride is nice, it holds the kids and their gear (the storage under the floor in the back is amazing) but its seriously ugly. I know these things are not purchased as a fashion statement, but still it hurts the eyes, thus I bet most people just look at it and walk away.

  • avatar
    stevelyon

    Living in Los Angeles, I almost never saw a current-gen Quest in the wild. Then I moved to Yosemite National Park, where I see them daily. Rental companies seem to be the only ones buying Quests.

  • avatar
    Chan

    The Elgrand was un-classed-up, decontented and badged as the current Quest.

    It’s not surprising that it did poorly in the IIHS Small Overlap offset test, because it’s a USDM-specific test and not even a government test. World markets have never heard of this requirement.

    But I dislike the Quest because of what it is–a crappier Elgrand. The front end is utterly anonymous, and the interior does not look or feel luxurious at all.

  • avatar
    legacygt

    The Quest is unique among minivans with respect to the folding of the 3rd row seats. They drop forward rather than back into a well in the floor. What’s the big deal? Well it leaves the Quest lacking in cargo room when compared to the rest of the market. But, I think Nissan is missing a marketing opportunity with regards to convenience. All the other minivans with seats that fold into the floor require that you unload all/most of your cargo every time you want to raise/lower the seats. I think the Quest’s ability to simply fold the 3rd row up/down without rearranging the cargo can be a selling point.

  • avatar

    I like the quest. For me I would have either a quest or pacifica if I was getting a van. However I always recommend people get a Sienna if they ask me.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Designed by Daleks.

    But Odyssey so pretty!

  • avatar
    Ol Shel

    5DSC?

  • avatar
    e30gator

    I have a Nissan Quest, though it’s one of the 3rd generation models (’04-’09). I am the type to do a lot of research on a vehicle before I buy and did so prior to buying mine. I always look for value and the best bang for my buck and after researching and driving the Quest, Sienna, and Caravan (Odyssey was never an option due to their glass transmissions and expensive repair costs), settled on the Quest.

    Ironically, I chose the Quest because at the time (before small overlap testing) it had the best crash safety ratings and was the only van of the trio that had full side curtain airbags for the rear passengers as standard equipment. It was also the best driving van with the most equipment at a price that was far less than the Toyota.

    Now that it’s reaching the end of its shelf life, I’m considering replacements, and no, a ’17 Quest isn’t even a consideration due to its laughably bad crash tests. That said, aside from fast wearing front suspension components and brake pads, it’s been a solid and reliable family hauler.

  • avatar
    NN

    I have a 2013 Quest LE (same model as this 2017). We purchased it before the crash tests came out. It is an exceptional family vehicle that we really like, and is very comfortable. We are a fan of the unique JDM qualities (better quality interior, super soft ride, cameras everywhere, power everything, unique styling). It’s pushing 70k miles at this point. We average 21mpg regularly in mostly suburban driving. The Nissan dealer does charge a lot for maintenance. We’ve had to do new brakes ($500), tires ($900), CVT fluid change ($300) and a new battery ($220) outside of standard oil changes/rotations. The large LCD navigation screen sometimes goes haywire (but resets on every start up), otherwise the vehicle has been fine.

    Overall we do like it, however in general if anyone else asked my opinion on minivans (and they do), I typically tell them buy a Toyota Sienna. Unless you know/care what JDM means and owning something a bit unique, a Sienna will do everything equally good or better and probably have better long term quality and resale value. If Nissan consistently priced this $5k below a Sienna, it might be worth it and sales would rise, especially once the Caravan goes and there’s no large value option left. With a strong dollar and long paid off tooling, they could probably afford to do so.

  • avatar
    CaseyLE82

    I have been driving a 1991 Toyota Previa for many years. Up until about 2 weeks ago it was NOT my daily driver, but my husband’s daily driver’s AC quit, so I gave him my Kia Forte and I’m back in the Previa. I love the Previa and it’s always been our favorite road trip car.

    I will say, however, at 335,000 miles it’s starting to feel a little long in the tooth. I’m STILL trying to decide what to replace it with. I must have a minivan, they are just too practical for words, so I’m deciding between a good late model Chevrolet Astro (a 2002 or more with less than 70,000 miles I can pick up for around $9k). OR, a 2013 or 2014 Nissan Quest. I want something UNIQUE, with captains chairs in the second row, just like my previa.

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