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2017 Nissan Quest

2017 Nissan Quest offers first-class appointments, including rich leather-appointments and personalized climate controls

2017 Nissan Quest
• Celebrates family life wîth a wide range of user-friendly features

The 2017 Nissan Quest minivan offers an extensive list of family-friendly features – from its sophisticated styling wîth full surround glass that provides an airy, open interior environment to one-touch power sliding doors, quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, Advanced Climate Control System, and an always-available rear storage well.

Quest also offers a wide range of available luxury indulgences such as leather-appointed seating, Bose® audio system and wood tones. The 2017 Quest is offered in four well-equipped models – S, SV, SL and Platinum – each designed to make everyone feel right at home.

Innovative Functionality

2017 Nissan QuestThe Nissan Quest 'innovative functionality' starts wîth the proven foundation of Nissan's advanced D-platform. With its long 118.1-inch wheelbase and 200.8-inch overall length, Quest offers both a roomy interior and a highly maneuverable overall size.

The Quest exterior styling combines fluid sculptural elements wîth crafted details to provide a bold approach to minivan design. In front, the bumper, horizontal grille and headlights blend into the dramatic side character line and distinctive wheel forms filled wîth standard 16-inch or 18-inch wheels. The door sections and surfaces flow seamlessly into the rear boomerang taillights and tailgate finisher, helping create a look as if Quest was carved from one solid piece of sculptor's stone.

The most striking aspect of the Quest design is the full surround glass (standard privacy glass on SV, SL and Platinum models), black sash molding and chrome trim accents, which combine wîth the wide, low stance and muscular front end to give Quest a dynamic and distinctive appearance. The Quest exterior design is also one of the most wind-efficient, wîth a 0.32 Cd for the Quest S model.

In addition to standard chrome door handles and rear roof spoiler, available exterior features include High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, auto on/off headlight function, fog lights and dual power heated outside mirrors. Quest also features small triangle windows in the front doors to help enhance visibility. Available on Quest SL and Platinum models is a Dual Opening Glass Moonroof that contributes to the open, airy atmosphere of the Quest interior for all passengers.

Quest is offered wîth power-sliding side doors wîth selective unlock function and one-touch open/unlock feature and power-opening windows. The system works in conjunction wîth the standard Nissan Intelligent Key®.

Also, due to the way the Quest's door rail system is designed, the sliding door step-in height is lower than competitive minivans. This is especially helpful for small children or older adults getting into the 2nd or 3rd rows. In addition, a one-touch unlock/open power rear liftgate is standard on Quest SL and Platinum models.

The easy-to-use convenience also carries over into the interior design wîth the quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats. The 60/40-split 3rd row seat can be switched from upright to fold-flat position wîth the simple pull of one strap (S, SV and SL grades) or push of a button (Platinum grade). The Platinum grade also includes 3rd row power return seatback. A spring assist aids the manual fold and return operation. The 2nd row bucket seats also feature easy-fold/return operation, and there is a standard 2nd row walk-in device for easier access to the 3rd row.

Quest features a permanent rear storage well, which provides a large, flexible space behind the 3rd row seat – offering a hidden, additional cargo area for bulky items. The storage area is independent of the fold flat 3rd row seat, so it's always there when needed. The area is covered by a lightweight but sturdy 60/40-split multi-position removable cover.

Interior comfort and convenience features are also designed for flexibility and functionality. The driver's seat is a 6-way manual adjustment design for S and SV models and 8-way power-adjustable for SL and Platinum trim levels. The passenger seat is 4-way manual adjustable on S, SV, and SL and 4-way power on Platinum. Rich cloth seat fabric is standard on S and SV, while leather-appointed seats are standard on SL and Platinum models. Quest Platinum also features a 2-driver memory and auto entry/exit system.

Únique Quest front seating features include a special structure, which uses three types of cushions, and the first application of Nissan's Quick Comfort front seat heaters (SL and Platinum grades). When activated, this sophisticated system immediately begins warming the body parts that are most sensitive to heat, such as the thighs and hips. Then, to maintain a warm, cozy feeling, the heater increases heating on body pressure points.

The theater-style interior layout of the 2017 Quest, wîth raised 2nd and 3rd rows, provides occupants wîth excellent visibility and a good view of the available 11-inch WVGA family entertainment system display monitor. The comfortable 2nd row Captain's Chair style seats include dual armrests, recline, and fore/aft adjustability, while the 3rd row 60/40-split bench includes recline and 3-way adjustable headrests.

A total of six cupholders and six bottle holders are standard, along wîth four coat hangers and two 12-volt DC outlets. The dual-level front center console offers flexible storage, as does the removable 2nd row console. An overhead front console is standard on SL and Platinum models.

The wide instrument panel includes a 5.0-inch color audio display on SV and SL grades. Quest Platinum features an 8.0-inch touch screen display for the standard Nissan Navigation System. The hard drive-based navigation system includes a user-friendly graphic interface, menu structure and intelligent search capabilities, NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).

Quest Platinum features a standard Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) wîth Plasmacluster® air purifier, Grape Polyphenol Filter and auto recirculation control. The system works three ways to help reduce allergens and unwanted odors within the Quest cabin. Its automatic intake control utilizes sensors to constantly monitor outside odors and automatically closes the intake port to prevent inflow of exhaust fumes or other unpleasant smells into the interior. It then restores fresh airflow automatically when the offensive odors have passed.

The ACCS also employs a Grape Polyphenol Filter to help reduce the number of harmful allergens in the interior air. Finally, an advanced Plasmacluster® purifier generates ions to 'scrub' the interior air of unwanted odors – whether they come from outside or inside the vehicle.

Quest SV, SL and Platinum models feature a Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control system, while Quest S models include manual temperature control. A range of audio systems is also available, starting wîth the Quest S model's AM/FM/CD system wîth four speakers. A Bose® premium audio system wîth AM/FM/CD/DVD and 13 speakers (including dual subwoofers) is standard on Quest Platinum and available on SL models. A ÚSB port wîth iPod® connectivity is standard on SV models and above.

A RearView Monitor1, which helps the driver see what is directly behind the Quest when the gear selector is in reverse, is standard on SV, SL and Platinum models. Quest Platinum models also offer Nissan's unique Around View® Monitor (AVM) wîth Moving Object Detection (MOD)2 as standard equipment – which utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping to maneuver it into tight spots.

Moving Object Detection builds on the capabilities of the AVM system, helping enhance the driver's situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings if the system detects large moving objects around the vehicle in situations such as when pulling out of a parking space. Úsing sophisticated image processing technology, the system detects moving objects within the 'bird's-eye view' when the vehicle is stopped and in Park or Neutral. When under 5 mph and in Drive or Reverse, it detects moving objects crossing within either the front or rear views.

Innovation for Driving Security and Pleasure

2017 Nissan Quest
Dynamic performance is a hallmark of Nissan vehicles and Quest is no exception. Quest top-level quality and reliability starts wîth use of a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 wîth 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, part of Nissan's award-winning VQ engine series.

The engine incorporates a twin Nissan Variable Induction Control System (NICS), microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, reduced internal friction, resin intake manifold, forged crankshaft, digital knock control system, high capacity muffler and lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads.

Backing the engine is a revised version of Nissan's advanced Xtronic transmission wîth D-Step Shift Logic and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), which provides a responsive driving experience and the smoothness that only a CVT offers. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

Secure, responsive handling feel is provided by the 4-wheel independent suspension, wîth independent strut wîth coil springs and stabilizer bar in front and a multi-link design in rear. Braking is through 4-wheel disc brakes wîth Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Steering is a vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion design.

Quest S and SV models come wîth 16-inch wheels (aluminum-alloy on SV) wîth 225/65R16 all-season tires, while Quest SL and Platinum models feature 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 235/65R18 all-season tires. Quest's standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) includes Nissan's Easy Fill Tire Alert. When filling the tires wîth air, the hazard lamps flash to let you know the system is working. When the correct pressure is reached, Quest will give a friendly beep of the horn.

As part of Nissan's Intelligent Safety Shield philosophy, Quest incorporates a number of advanced safety systems. Standard on the Quest Platinum is the Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system, which helps alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area by illuminating an indicator light in the appropriate outside mirror. If the driver then activates the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds.

Every 2017 Quest also offers standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Also standard are a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual stage supplemental front air bags wîth seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain supplemental side-impact air bags for front- and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection, front-seat Active Head Restraints and child safety rear door locks.

Four Well-Equipped Quest Models

Quest is offered in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Six exterior colors are available: Titanium, Dark Mahogany, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic and Pearl White. Two interior colors are offered, Beige and Gray, in a choice of cloth (S and SV) or leather-appointed (standard on SL and Platinum, optional on SV) seating.

The Quest S starts wîth 16-inch steel wheels wîth full wheel covers, rear roof spoiler, 6-way adjustable driver's seat, fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, permanent rear storage well, 1st and 2nd row center consoles, Nissan Intelligent Key® wîth Push Button Ignition and AM/FM/CD audio system wîth four speakers.

Quest SV adds one-touch power sliding doors, wood-tone trim, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Tri-Zone Auto Temperature Control, six speakers, fog lights, 5.0-inch color audio display, ÚSB port wîth iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System wîth §teering wheel controls, RearView Monitor1, and leather-wrapped §teering wheel.

For buyers seeking a higher level of luxury features, Quest SL includes leather-appointed seating and door trim, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, power liftgate, 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, Quick Comfort heated front seats, HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver, auto-dimming inside mirror wîth compass, roof rails, auto on/off headlights, leather-wrapped shift knob, and heated outside mirrors wîth integrated turn signals.

Finally, Quest Platinum features Around View® Monitor wîth Moving Object Detection2, Navigation System, Bose® Audio System wîth 13 speakers, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), memory system for driver's seat and outside mirrors, auto tilt-in-reverse outside mirrors, 2nd and 3rd row manual blinds, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, 8-inch VGA color display (dash mounted), DVD Entertainment System, rear 11-inch 16:9 aspect ratio display for DVD Entertainment, Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights.

Five option packages are offered: DVD Entertainment System (SV, SL), Leather Package (SV), Dual Opening Glass Moonroof (SL and Platinum), Bose® Package (SL) and Roof Rails (S).

Source - Nissan
A re-badged version of the Mercury Villager until 2002, the Nissan Quest is a minivan produced by Nissan that would be more upscale in comparison to the offerings at the time. The Quest debuted during the '92 North American International Auto Show was a new model designed together by Ford and Nissan.. The Quest was produced by Ford Motors from 1993 until 2002 and Nissan took over production in 2004.

The first generation Quest was produced in 1993 until 1998 and featured seating for seven and had second row bench that could be removed to slide the rear seats forward. A successor to the Axxess; which sold in the U.S. in 1990 only and in Canada from 1990 until 1995, the Quest was made by Nissan to compete in the minivan segment. Replacing the rear-wheel drive Vanette which was discontinued in 1990, the Quest was powered by Nissan's 3.0 L VG30E SOHC engine which produced 151 hp and 182 lb/ft of torque. Before agreeing to use the VG30E in the Villager and the Quest, Ford required that Nissan implement some design changes, one of these being that the engine was to be modified to 'become a non-interference or free-running engine'. (This was there would be damage to the valves if the timing belt broke.) The addition of an oil level sensor and relocation of the oil filter assembly for better access were additional updates required by Ford.

The Nissan Quest was available as XE or GXE models and this generation was produced at Ford's Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Due to manufacturing issues, Nissan arranged with Ford to assemble the minivans in North America and in turn they were alloyed to rebadge it and sell it under the Mercury brand as the Village. Numerous interior parts, including the power window controls, the radio and heater controls were adapted from Ford and were very similar to the Ford Aerostar. The minivan shared the modified version of the VG30E from the U11, and early J30 Maximas, along with the 4-speed automatic transmission from the Maxima. Unfortunately the Quest engine seems to have a crucial flaw in the crankshafts, as they break at the front stub. Around 1995 the diameter was increased from 25 to 27 mm. The Quest differs from the Villager with a different side trim, front and rear bumpers, taillights and grille. For 1994 the Quest received a driver's side airbag and the passenger airbag was added in 1996. Changes were made to the front and rear fascia's that same year along with the elimination of the motorized shoulder belts and headlights and tail lamps.

In 1999 the second generation of the Nissan Quest was unveiled as a re-branded version of the Mercury Villager. This generation lasted until 2002 and featured a few updates from the previous generation that included a more aerodynamic look, a longer wheelbase and a driver's side sliding door. The minivan also received a power boost through the 3.3 L VG33E SOHC engine which now produced 171 hp and featured 200 lb/ft of torque. The GXE was moved up as the base model as the XE trim was discontinued and two new trim levels were introduced to the Quest. The GLE was the new top of the line trim, and SE was the sport model. This Quest model became the first Nissan minivan to feature 4 doors since the '95 Nissan Axxess.

For 2001 the Quest received various updates which included front and rear styling and new alloy wheels on all models. The GXE received a rear stabilizer bar and the SE now featured acceleration-sensitive strut valving and a strut tower brace.

In 2004 the third generation of the Nissan Quest was debuted and unlike the prior two generations, this model wasn't a re-branded Mercury Villager but a brand new minivan. Uniquely styled, the 04 Quest featured a large moonroof and had all-new placement of the dashboard. Standard on the Quest SE and GLE models were all new interior gauges and fabrics and also a 130-watt sound system. The luxurious GLE models received an in-dash six-CD changer and a wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel. Replacing the floor-mounted model was an optional overhead family entertainment system, though it could still be specified for sunroof equipped SEs and GLEs. Pretensioners were given to front seatbelts.

Featuring more cargo space than the previous generation, the '01 Quest was slightly longer in length. For 02 Quest wasn't sold in Canada and wouldn't return until the third generation model in 2004. By the end of this second generation, both Toyota and Honda marketed solely long-wheelbase minivans. For the 2003 model year no Quest models were marketed.

The third generation of the Nissan Quest was redesigned for the 2004 model year following the '02 discontinuation of the Mercury Villager. Using previous-generation Nissan Altima and Maxima platform; FF-L, the Quest was slightly longer than the Chrysler long-wheelbase minivans. With this third generation, production was moved to a new plant in Canton, Mississippi. Also powered by the same 3.5 K VQ35DE engine from the Maxima and Altima, the Quest produced 240hp and features 242 lb/ft of torque.

The minivan sports a flat folding rear bench and two middle chairs that fold nearly flat into the floor in 2004. This generation also features an unusual moonroof glass arrangement and space for 2 DVD screens with aux input. The SE models features side front airbags, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), curtain airbags for all rows, dual power doors, power rear hatch, Traction Control, Bose audio with RDS and folding second row seats, rear backup sensors and dual climate control. For the 2007 model Nissan redesigned the dashboard and the front grille and also relocated the DVD player from under the front passenger seat to the IP stack.

Issuing a statement that it needed room at the Canton plant for production of a commercial vehicle the Quest didn't return for the 2010 model year. The fourth generation of the Quest was debuted in 2011 and production took place at the Shatai Kyushu plant in Japan. On a current platform shared with the Nissan Elgrand, the Quest is powered by Nissan's 3.5L VQ series engine with 260 hp. Trying to avoid the 'tall skinny' look of Japanese vans the USDM version has an extra full 5 inches of width, and front wheel drive is standard. Debuted at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the Quest went on sale in North America as a 2011 model.

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