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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,853 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.

2012 Nissan Quest fuel system problems

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2012 Nissan Quest Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 092012


  • 2,000 miles


My new 2012 Nissan Quest goes dead and will not start when sitting on a downhill slope in the front. It has gas but it will sputter and will not start. My driveway goes downhill and I cannot even park in driveway I have to park on the side of the road. When this first happened I put van in neutral to possibly get it level and without notice the brakes would not work when in neutral and my brand new van ran thru the garage door!!!!! when you pay all that money for a Nissan that you consider reliable really bothers me!!! taking it to the dealer today we will see what comes of it.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 202011


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Quest. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The fuel gauge displayed that the fuel tank was half full and the contact added an additional one fourth a tank of gasoline but the vehicle still would not start. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired for the failure. The current and failure mileages were 3000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 272011

Quest 6-cyl

  • 413 miles
Van was parked nose down on approx. 10 to 12 degree hill. Van refused to start and had be towed to dealer. Was told Nissan was aware of the problem and was working on a fix. Was than told to keep at least half a tank of gas in van at all times.....

- Wallingford, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 042012


  • 2,000 miles
Vehicle stalled while traveling up a 2-3% grade. It appeared to run out of fuel although the navigation display indicated there were 21 miles until empty. The fuel gauge also indicated fuel remained. The vehicle was traveling about 45 mph and fortunately it coasted to the top of the grade. At that point, the engine began receiving fuel once again and kicked in. This appears to be similar to problems encountered on the 2011 model year. The vehicle was traveling on a two lane narrow road around a blind curve with no place to pull off. This could have been a very dangerous situation had the vehicle's momentum not carried it to the top of the grade. Contacted the Nissan dealership where purchased on 02/06/2012 and the GM stated that it was the second call about a 2012 Quest fuel issue he has received. The other involved a vehicle parked on an incline that would not start and appeared to not be getting fuel although the navigation and gauge indicated there was fuel in the tank. When additional fuel was added that vehicle started. Also contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs on 02/06/12 and filed a complaint providing them with details of the situation. Have not heard back from the dealership or Nissan as of 02/11/2012.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

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