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#100 of 2475 2004 Quest Safe?
Feb 26, 2003 (6:24 am)
I currently own a 1995 Mercury Villager which I purchased 2 years ago, used. I have to say that I really like this van and it currently has 103,000 miles on it. Runs great. My issue is with safety. My brother in law is a paramedic and just recently went on a traffic accident call involving a newer Nissan Quest Mini Van with dual sliders. The van was hit on the side in a 25 mph collision involving a Honda. All 4 occupants in the back of the van were killed. Nobody in the Honda was hurt. This all prompted me to do some additional research. I have found that the Quest/Villager duo are not that safe! We spend quite a bit of time in our car not just local travel but long distance. I really want to feel safe. Is the 2004 redesign of the Quest making it any safer? If anyone knows where I can obtain this information would you email respond. I'm looking for the offset crash test information. It is the most common type of collision.
Feb 26, 2003 (7:39 am)
Crash test results probably won't be out for a while. And they may be suspect when they are published:
Crash tests may make SUVs even more deadly
fwiw, your '95 does better in tests than my '99 with two sliders.
The NHTSA has crash test results and links to other testing organizations.
#102 of 2475 steve_HOST
Feb 26, 2003 (5:16 pm)
please do not refer your board memebers to that article. it includes some of the MOST BOGUS comparisons and assumptions I HAVE EVER READ regarding vehicle safety. It is sensational, and on crash test can hardly a blanket statement make.
#103 of 2475 Minivan safety
Feb 26, 2003 (5:28 pm)
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). BTW, I was struck from behind by a car doing 40 mph without braking...thrown into oncoming traffic and had a head-on with a chevy sedan. I was not injured and my 1990 Nissan Van survived amazingly intact.
#104 of 2475 alpha01
Feb 26, 2003 (7:37 pm)
I think that any information that is published on vehicle safety is worth reading. From that information, people like myself can make informed decisions on what vehicle might be safest for their families. The article on the SUV's is relative. They are bigger and heavier therefore they can cause severe damage to smaller cars in any kind of crash. It's also a proven fact that many SUV drivers feel more secure when driving in severe weather conditions. Throwing it into 4 wheel drive in icy conditions is dangerous and many SUV drivers don't realize what they are doing. But anyway, I really appreciate all of the input. I will most likely continue to drive my Villager for a few more years. By then, who knows what will be available. I do worry about the integrity of the dual sliders. The accident my brother in law told me about was awful. He sees so much in his line of work and it's hard to not listen.
Feb 28, 2003 (9:28 am)
Does Anyone have a base price for the next Quest?
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.