Notes: The 2012 Nissan Quest is great in terms of low complaints, but it also has an abysmal crash test rating for one very common type of impact.

The IIHS' "small overlap" crash test rates the vehicle's ability to protect front seat passengers when the car is impacted across 1/4th of the front bumper.

This mimics hitting a pole, or an off-center crash into another car — more common in the real world than a full frontal head-on crash.

See our crash test page for the detailed results — As you can see from the IIHS' crash test video, the Nissan Quest does not protect intrusion into the passenger space & major injury to the front seat passengers is likely.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
160 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2012 Nissan Quest Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 052012

Quest 4-cyl

  • miles


My new 2012 Nissan Quest was parked in my driveway with the front slightly facing down looking at the road with less than quarter tank of gas. The van would start but would not stay idle and the dash board indicated that the van had enough gas to go 25 miles. I had to put the van in neutral to roll it down the street (flat surface) before it can be started and kept on idle. When you roll the van down in neutral with the engine off you loose your power brakes, so I had to make sure there were no cars coming from either side. I reported the incident to the Nissan dealer, also filed a complaint with the manufacturer, and the dealer kept the car for couple of days but could not find anything wrong with it. I was told by the dealership that Nissan engineering team will be contacting me for further action, and in the meantime I am supposed to keep the gas tank filled above the 1/4 tank mark at all times. For us (with our Quest), it is only an issue when the gas tank is low on gas below the 1/4 tank mark and it is parked in an incline with the front facing down or during a sharp vehicle turn with the gas tank very low. Hopefully Nissan will find a fix for this soon, because I am concerned for the safety of my family.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 132012

Quest 6-cyl

  • 320 miles
Purchased a brand new 2012 Nissan Quest just weeks ago, current mileage 320. Engine stalled with little less than quarter tank of gas in a slow turn. Computer indicated that the van had enough gas for 30 miles travel. Luckily there was no cars behind us, so I was able to apply the brake and restart the car to the nearest gas station. Contacted the service department the next day, the service adviser advised me to make sure not to let the gas tank go down below 1/4 tank. After reading all other complaints from current Quest owners, I will be contact the manufacturer, including the dealership first thing tomorrow. I am not sure if I can return the vehicle, eventhough it has been less than 30 days since the purchase date.

- Upland , CA, USA

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