You can still buy a brand new Nissan Quest.
In fact, you will be able to do that in 2017 as well.
To be fair, we had our doubts about the American future of the Quest. Nissan Canada killed the Quest in 2013. Fast forward three years, and Nissan USA’s persistent Quest suffered a massive 73% year-over-year drop in sales between August and November of this year. During that time, only 0.5% of U.S. minivan buyers, or just one in 200, opted for a Nissan Quest.
With poor sales and inventories falling below 300 units nationwide, we have grown suspicious. Long after Nissan started showcasing 2017 examples of the company’s current fleet on its media and consumer websites, the Quest still only existed as a 2016 example. Time and time again we have asked Nissan for information. Time and time again, Nissan has responded with an absence of concrete information.
This morning, however, was different. Our final query, “Can we assume it’s dead, or is it just an extended hiatus before a 2017 quest arrives?” », Received a no.
“There will be a 2017 quest,” Dan Passe, senior director of product communications for Nissan, told TTAC. There’s no word yet on exactly when the on-sale date or any trim changes will be made, or whether the Quest will still fail miserably in the IIHS ‘little overlap test.
But even with simple crumbs provided by Nissan so far, it’s like the thrilling climax of a 60 minutes investigation report. PBS on the front line would have killed for this story. Ken Burns will one day film a historical montage revealing the intimate secrets of TTAC’s quest to discover – or not to discover, perish thought – the long-awaited 2017 Quest.
We started chasing the possible story from the end of production of Quest to the end of October. Now is the start of December. It’s the kind of persistence, relentless determination and fervent focus that brings you back to TTAC day after day.
Okay so it’s not The next GT-R. For god’s sake, this isn’t even a redesigned Altima.
It’s a Nissan Quest: America’s most forgotten, ignored and rejected minivan.
But with every indicator pointing in the other direction, you’ve heard it here – first, we think – that Nissan USA will import the fourth-gen Quest for a seventh model year.
The 2017 Nissan Quest lives on.
Alas, it looks like there won’t be a Mercury Villager twin.
Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, who obsesses the free and frequent publication of auto sales figures in the United States and Canada. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.