The Quest (and Mercury Villager) was a joint development between Ford and Nissan, surprising in light of Ford's ownership of approximately one-third of Mazda. Chrysler sold about half of the minivans on the market, so a shopper looking at the Quest would also probably look at the Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town & Country, Toyota Previa, the Mercury Villager and Ford's Aerostar and Windstar.
The 7-passenger Quest features a unique sliding/folding third seat that makes for quick availability of luggage space when that third seat isn't needed for passengers, you don't have to take it out of the van and find a safe place to store it. If necessary, the second- and third-row seats can also be removed.
The Quest comes in two equipment grades, XE and GXE. Both share the same sohc V6 (basically the same engine as in the older Maxima) and front-drive through a 4-speed automatic transaxle. Body shells are identical.
ABS is optional on the XE, standard on the GXE. Aluminum wheels are part of an option package on the XE, standard on the GXE. In fact, there's a long list of features that are standard on the GXE but available as options on the XE, including a roof rack, tinted glass, power mirrors/windows/locks, dual air conditioners, cruise control, illuminated vanity mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a trailer-towing package.
The GXE has power rear quarter windows standard and a power sunroof, power driver's seat, leather seats, second-row captain's chairs and 2-tone optional. Both versions have a 4-speaker cassette stereo system.
As of April 18, 1994:
- $19,079 (1994 Nissan Quest XE)
- $23,589 (1994 Nissan Quest GXE)
As of late 1994:
- $19,839 (1995 Nissan Quest XE)
- $24,609 (1995 Nissan Quest GXE)
As of August 28, 1995:
- $20,899 (1996 Nissan Quest XE)
- $25,699 (1996 Nissan Quest GXE)