2015 Nissan Quest

What's new for 2015? Notable changes for 2015 include a higher EPA fuel economy rating, transmission refinements and a larger 5.0-inch audio system display on SV and SL versions. Nissan's Moving Object Detection system is now included on the top-of-the-line Platinum trim level and provides visual and audio warnings of large moving objects near the vehicle when the 360-degree bird's-eye-view camera system is activated.

The stylish 2015 Nissan Quest is a roomy, comfortable and well-mannered minivan that flies under the radar of many shoppers. The cabin is quiet and versatile, and it offers all of the features that most families would want. Moreover, thanks to its strong, seamless acceleration and relatively agile handling, the Quest is anything but a chore to drive. Its well-tuned suspension and relaxing seating combine to make long trips a comfortable experience.

Inside, a flexible seating configuration makes it easy to switch back and forth between passenger- and cargo-hauling duties. This is because the Quest's third-row seat easily folds forward rather than backward, as in virtually every other minivan. The second-row seats also fold forward (like those in most crossover SUVs), whereas some of the Quest's more popular competitors require the second-row seats to be manually removed.

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Seven -passenger minivan available in S, SV, SL and Platinum trim levels

The 2015 Nissan Quest is a seven-passenger minivan offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum (which replaces last year's LE version).

In addition to the safety features listed below, standard features on the S model include 16-inch steel wheels, Nissan's Easy Fill Tire Alert system (which honks the horn when you've added enough air to a tire to reach the recommended pressure), keyless entry, push-button ignition, cruise control, six-way manually adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a removable second-row console, ambient interior lighting, a rear storage well and a four-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack.

With the SV, you also get alloy wheels, foglights, power-sliding doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a front-seat center console, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, satellite radio and a six-speaker audio system with a 5-inch color display and USB/iPod audio interface.

The SL adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, roof rails, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The top-of-the-line Platinum version treats you to xenon headlights, a blind-spot warning system, a 360-degree top-down camera system with Nissan's moving-object detection system, driver memory functions, a four-way power front passenger seat, one-touch fold-flat third-row seats with power return, second- and third-row sunshades, advanced air filtration, a 13-speaker Bose audio/DVD system, a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen display, auxiliary audio/video input jacks and a rear DVD entertainment system with an 11-inch widescreen monitor.

The rear entertainment system is optional for SV and SL models; on the SL, it's available in combination with the Bose audio system and an upgraded 7-inch audio display screen. Note that this audio upgrade for the SL is only available if you also select the optional dual-panel sunroof. The sunroof is a stand-alone extra for Platinum models. Leather upholstery and a power driver seat are optional in the SV.

Elegantly sweeping dashboard, third row seats fold forward and flat, simple and intuitive climate, navigation and entertainment systems

Overall, the 2015 Nissan Quest's cabin is comfortable, versatile and aesthetically pleasing. Its elegantly sweeping dashboard smoothly blends into the door panels, and the center stack's controls are logically grouped within easy reach of the driver. Even on the upper trim levels, operating the various climate, navigation and entertainment systems is simple and intuitive. Interior materials are above average in the lower trims, while the leather-appointed cabins in the SL and Platinum versions create a luxurious and serene environment. Even the CD player/radio features a classy aesthetic, with a simple faceplate and chrome-banded volume and tuning knobs.

The Quest is configured to hold up to seven people. There are two captain's chairs in the second row, separated by a removable center console, and a third-row seat that's designed to seat three people. The Quest's second-row seats slide and recline, and are quite comfortable. As with the third row, they also fold forward and flat, making it easier to carry big and bulky items than in the Sienna or Odyssey, both of which require you to physically remove their second-row seats.

Standard safety features for all 2015 Nissan Quest models include antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front-seat active head restraints. A rearview camera is standard on all but the base S trim level (on which it's not available). The top-of-the-line Platinum version also comes standard with a blind-spot monitoring system and Nissan's bird's-eye-view camera system, which displays a 360-degree view of the area around the vehicle for help when parking. For 2015, this system also now detects moving objects in the camera view and warns the driver both visually and audibly.

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