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Nissan Quest, Van
Feb 28, 2003 (10:15 am)
"Although there is no data to review on the safety of the 2004 Quest, Minivan buyers tend to be extremely safety concious and judging from the desciptions of the size, handling, safety engineering on the new Nissan Van, this van will probably be much safer than the smaller Quest/Villager(that I own)."
Chrysler had lots of press and high hopes that the 2001+ Chysler minivans would do better in the NHTSA and IIHS crash testing. It turned out they did about the same as the previous generation. Not horrible, granted, but nothing to brag about, either. Hopefully, the new Sienna and Quest will do very well all around. Feature-wise, the Sienna certainly does appear to get it right, but we'll have to wait a while for crash test results...
I think that article has some misconceptions. It is true that stiffer frames may help in the offset crash test. A stronger front end and safety cage will tend to reduce cabin intrusion on the test. On the other hand, stiff frames can be a liability in the dummy measures on the IIHS offset test, and in the NHTSA full-width test. Stiff frames tend to transfer more energy to the occupants. The occupants get less ride down time from the crushing frame and incur more serious injuries.
Getting a "Good" offset crash score AND 5-star NHTSA frontal crash tests is the challenge. Few trucks-based vehicles do... While the NHTSA tests can be improved (higher speeds), it would be bad if they switched to an offset test. Having both types of testing in this country is very important, in my opinion.
Also, it is very irresponsible to try to correlate injury and death statistics to crashworthiness. Those statistics have a large factor of driver profile in them, so of course they may not correlate. Automakers love this sort of uncertainty, of course. Then they can claim that Car X has the lowest injury/death scores even though its crash tests are mediocre. Then on Car Y they tout the crash scores instead. The more confused consumers are, the better for the advertising spin.
If you are concerned about surviving a crash, choose a vehicle that does well in both the NHTSA and IIHS tests and also has a nice complement of safety features.
Feb 28, 2003 (4:18 pm)
I completely agree with your points about injury and death statistics and crashworthiness.
I dont think you need to worry about the Sienna's crashworthiness. I doubt Toyota could mess that up, given how much they sold the Sienna on safety last time around. (Especially with regards to offset- Toyotas internal testing EXACTLY mimics that of the IIHS).
#108 of 2475 Safety
Feb 28, 2003 (6:52 pm)
I also agree with caviller. When I learned of the IIHS off set test and the fact that the Villager/Quest did very poorly I became very concerned. Who wouldn't! We are always going someplace as I have young children who are very involved in school activities. From what I read, the "off set" collision is more common then a straight head on collision. I also worry about the integrity of the dual sliders. I don't have dual sliders on my van but when I go to get another one I probably won't be able to avoid it.
Overall I really like my Villager. It runs great, drives great and gets pretty decent gas mileage. I drive about 15,000 miles a year and I'm a stay at home parent. We travel quite a bit so there are many factors in what I am looking for in a vehicle.
#109 of 2475 expected date for quest 2004
Mar 01, 2003 (5:56 am)
does anyone have any information on when Nissan plans to release the quest 2004. thanks.
#110 of 2475 relase date
Mar 03, 2003 (12:05 pm)
Quest June 30
#111 of 2475 Brochures mailed
Mar 10, 2003 (6:14 pm)
I just received a Nissan Quest 2004 Brochure from Nissan and it highlights the major differences with other vans. Available overhead windows with overhead controls, 2cd and 3rd row DVD entertainment, front navigation system. Seats appear wide and supportive, as others have pointed out. Chassis is based on Altima with all independent suspension. My local dealer says June 30 delivery date. Will be interested in pricing.
#112 of 2475 QUEST 04
Mar 12, 2003 (12:42 pm)
This new Quest, Also has a power rear lift gate, 300+ watt Bose, Fold flat 2nd row, and 3rd row, you can fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood in the back with out removing the seats, go to nissanusa.com, then click on quest, environment, then rear view, then click on second row head rest for the link to play the movement of the seats.
Mar 13, 2003 (4:24 pm)
Does anybody have a base price? I was wondering how much the Quest will base at and whether it will be competitive with the Sienna in terms of price.
Mar 16, 2003 (9:36 pm)
A few of you have commented on the dash. I don't like the looks of it in the pics either - put the van in drive and you block some of the climate controls it seems. Otherwise the interior and sunroofs look pretty nifty.
My '99 GXE just passed 80,000 miles w/o any significant issues btw.