Nissan Quest

The Nissan Quest was a new model made by Nissan to give competition to the other models in the minivan segment. The Quest was a successor to the Axxess, which was only sold in the United States in 1990 and was sold in Canada from 1990-1995. The Quest was at first powered by Nissan's 3.0 L VG30E SOHC engine, which pumped out 151 hp. The Quest was offered as GXE or XE models. As things would have it, some corporate arrangements turned out to be unfavorable and Nissan had to give a little in order to even get the model through production. Manufacturing problems led to Nissan making an arrangement with Ford to assemble the minivan in North America, and in turn they were allowed to rebadge it and sell it under the Mercury brand as the Mercury Villager. As a result, many of the parts of the Quest were adapted Ford parts. This included things such as the radio and heater controls. Fabrication of this generation of the Quest minivan took place at Avon Lake, Ohio, where the Villager was also built. In total, there have been three generations of this model. The first generation Quest was a collaboration with Ford as previously mentioned. The twin vans debuted at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Quest is identifiable by a grille and headlights that are a wee bit shorter from top to bottom than those on the Villager. Both vehicles were initially powered by the 3.0 L Nissan VG30E V6 until 1999, when the Quest received the 3.3 L version of the same engine. The Quest was entirely recreated for 2004. The current model is based upon the FF-L platform, which it shares with the Altima, the Maxima and the Murano. Additionally, it shares the award-winning 3.5 L VQ engine with those cars.