Skeptical about the future of the Nissan Quest in the latter part of 2016, we asked – on more than one occasion – whether there would even be a Nissan Quest in the 2017 model year.
Despite all the signs of a discontinued product, Nissan has finally confirmed that there will in fact be a 2017 Nissan Quest in the United States. Much rejoicing was heard among JDM pickup truck enthusiasts.
Yet nearly two months into 2017, Nissan still doesn’t list the 2017 Quest on its consumer website and has only just added the Quest to the list of 2017 models on its media site. With only a handful of minivans in dealerships at the start of the year, Nissan managed to record an 11-month Quest sales high in January 2017.
You did not purchase a 2017 Quest. Your neighbor did not purchase a 2017 Quest. No 2017 Quests are available from your local Nissan dealership. The 2015 and 2016 quests are almost complete. Still, Nissan sold nearly 1,900 Quests in January. What curiosity.
Of course, the 2017 Nissan Quest existbut it does not exist for you. Instead, it’s apparently a special consumer fleet named Enterprise, Budget, and Hertz.
We were suspicious of the Quest’s future at the end of last year for a number of reasons.
First, the Quest had already been killed off north of the border, in more minivan-intensive Canada.
Second, during a four-month period between August and November, Quest’s volume slowed at a blistering pace, slipping 73% to just 805 units.
Finally, the inventory was practically non-existent.
Still, Nissan assured us there would be a 2017 Quest, so we were surprised when an industry insider warned us there wouldn’t be a 2017 Quest. for retail customers.
We decided to inquire again with Nissan while again researching available 2017s.
Inventory levels at Nissan dealerships across America have not changed. According Cars.com and Auto Trader — which will not display the inventory for everything resellers but provide a fairly accurate representation – there are less than 125 quests in stock. None of the quests listed by Auto Trader are 2017 models. The only 2017 Quest listed on Cars.com is without a photo and is not actually in the dealer’s inventory.
Speaking on behalf of Nissan, spokesman Dan Passe told TTAC, “Unfortunately, we cannot comment on the 2017 Quest at this time as to its fleet-only sales status.” It seems that, in this case, cryptically not the comment speaks loud enough.
Nissan is also encouraging “interested customers to visit www.nissanusa.com to see which Quest vehicles are available in their region. Of course, a search of Nissan’s own inventory listings doesn’t reveal any new 2017s either, although you will find a few. new models 2014 still unsold.
The soap opera-like twists of this dramatic minivan story could take yet another twist. The quests that Nissan is currently moving away from retail customers and toward fleet buyers could, in theory, end up at a dealership near you.
But the fourth-generation Nissan Quest, like the Quests before it, isn’t going to become a hit anytime soon. Over the past decade, only 2% of minivans sold in the United States were Nissan Quests.
Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which is obsessed with publishing free and frequent auto sales figures in the United States and Canada. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.