Nissan Quest Canada
The Nissan Quest minivan is manufactured by Nissan since 1993, the first generation Quest was designed by Ford and manufactured at Ford Motors facility in Avon Lake, OH. Ford rebadged it and marketed it as the Mercury Villager which was discontinued in 2002. The Nissan Quest made its debut at the International AutoShow in 1992 as a family friendly minivan which Nissan lacked in its lineup, using a modified Nissan Altima platform, Nissan developed an alternative stylish minivan competing with the larger Dodge Grand Caravan and Ford Aerostar. The 7 passenger Nissan Quest gained popularity as a family mid-sized minivan powered by a V6 3.0L engine with 153HP which it borrowed from the Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan also used it in the sporty Nissan 200SX.
The second generation Quest received a new design and a second sliding door, creating a new market for more accessible minivans, which was later copied by many other minivan manufacturers; while the new Quest was built on the same platform it grew by 5 inches in length and received an up graded 3.3L V6 SOHC engine, the new VG33E Nissan engine was used across multiple Nissan SUVs including the Nissan Xterra, Nissan Frontier pickup truck and Infiniti QX4. The 2001 Quest received a redesigned interior, with a new dashboard and upgraded seats, Nissan chose not to import the 2002 Nissan Quest to Canada until the following generation was launched in 2004.
The 2004 Nissan Quest was designed by Nissan on a new FF-L platform which it shared with the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Murano crossover, with the expiration of the Ford/Nissan partnership, Nissan moved the Quest assembly to Canton, Mississippi, where Nissan also manufacturing the Nissan Armada SUV and Nissan Titan pickup truck. The new Nissan platform allowed for more space and the Quest minivan grew in width and length allowing for more interior room, while it still sits 7 passengers it allows more legroom and adds a luxury interior design, including dual DVD screens and double sunroof. The new Quest is powered by a V6 3.5L engine with 240HP, this engine gained popularity with Nissan and was later used for over 24 other vehicles and continues to be a favorite, the VQ35DE engine was included in Ward's Auto Magazine as the "10 Best Engines" for five years in a row it was shared with the Nissan Pathfinder, the sporty Nissan Skyline, along with various Infiniti models including the Infiniti G35 and Infiniti FX35, while the Nissan 350Z could hit 300HP with this engine. The 2004 Quest broke sales record in Canada and USA as the best selling minivan.
The last generation Quest made its debut at the 2010 AutoShow in Los Angeles, the new Quest arrived to Canada as a 2011 Quest model, designed and manufactured in Japan, sharing Murano's upgraded D-platform while carrying over the same 3.5L V6 engine, Nissan used luxury MPV Nissan Elgrand design for the Quest. The 2012 Quest in Canada is equipped with Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) which improves fuel economy by enabling the engine to run at its most efficient revolutions per minute for a range of speeds, all the while maximizing performance.
The 2014 Nissan Quest is available in 4 trim models, with an optional Bose audio system and dual sunroof package, a DVD entertainment package which includes a 7 inch in dash LCD screen and an 11 inch screen for the rear passengers and 2 wireless headphones. While they all share 4-wheel ventilated disc ABS brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).