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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,875 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 #4

Jul 122014


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Quest. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact stated that the vehicle accelerated on its own. The failure caused the vehicle to crash into a wall. The contact sustained injuries and the vehicle was damaged extensively. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed to a lot. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #3

May 302013

Quest 6-cyl

  • 8,700 miles
My car randomly accelerated on 2 occasions, May 30, 2013 and June 27, 2013. The first incident resulted in a crash, hitting a pole, tree, and another vehicle. 2nd incident was a near miss, almost had a head on collision with another vehicle. My 9 year old son and I were in the car. No resolution from Nissan. They are not concerned about safety. Want me to take car back without any explanation.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 192013

Quest 6-cyl

  • 36,800 miles
I was going to get gas for my Nissan Quest, the reading said I had 30 more miles to go before empty. I drove around the circle in the road and made the turn onto the road and my car stalled. I was almost hit by a truck behind me, but it swerved off the road to avoid my car.

- Milllersville, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 032013


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns 2012 Nissan Quest. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when the engine rpms increased abnormally and the vehicle independently accelerated. The contact shifted into neutral and was able to stop the vehicle on the shoulder. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing however, the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer prior to the failure for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V076000 (electrical system: Software). The contact stated the failure could have been related to the recall repair because there were no failures prior to the vehicle being serviced under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

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