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2014 Nissan Quest 3.5 LE

2014 Nissan QuestModel Tested: 2014 Nissan Quest 3.5 LE

Engine: 3.5 Liter, DOHC 6-Cylinder

Transmission: Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

EPA Ratings: 19/City – 25/Highway – 21/Combined

Base Price: $42,640

As Tested: $45,060

Surprisingly strong acceleration
Excellent passing abilities
Smooth CVT

Seating is spacious and luxurious
Second row Captain’s Chairs
Third row seat is mounted low — excellent for kids

LE Model has a convenient power liftgate
Dual power sliding doors are a blessing with kids and dogs
Third row seats fold forward, giving up storage, but load floor is flat

WOW Factors:
Quiet ride for a minivan
Cockpit is roomy and well laid out
All the bells and whistles of a luxury sedan in a minivan
We experienced better than rated gas mileage
Rear entertainment system is independent of cockpit audio

Steering is a little heavy
Backup camera (test vehicle had one) is a definite must

Bottom Line:
The Quest is a pleasure to drive, with a very smooth, serene ride. The V6 makes passing easy. Perhaps not the best for hauling cargo or big groups of people, but its cabin is quiet, and comfortable. The rear entertainment system is great for keeping kids occupied — especially on a trip.