Inside, the Quest treats seven passengers to upscale materials, first-rate fit and finish, and 16 cup holders -- one more than in Odyssey and four more than in Sienna. Why no 8-passenger capacity? Nissan opted for seven seats because eight would have meant cramming a third seat into the second row. And don't forget, the Quest is already on the narrow side. Plus, Nissan claims it didn't want to compromise comfort for passengers sitting in the second row, which is the most frequently used after the driver seat. Nissan also chose not to offer an ultra-wide 16-inch split-screen LCD for its DVD entertainment system, a la the Sienna and Odyssey, instead going with a still-wide 11-inch LCD sans a split-screen option. The logic? Nissan would rather treat minivan passengers to one big screen than shortchange them with two small ones, even if it means they can't watch dual programs simultaneously.

While Nissan realizes parenting is far from easy, it believes the Quest can at least make the life of a parent easier. To that end, the Quest comes standard with the aforementioned fold-flat second and third rows as well as a smart key with pushbutton start and a removable second-row center console. Innovative and helpful options for mom and pop include a power tailgate, Bluetooth, backup camera, navigation with 8-inch display, blind-spot warning, HID headlamps, 120-volt AC power outlet, and power sliding doors that open or close with the touch of an exterior handle-mounted button. (Rather than having to pull a handle to power-operate a door, the one-touch button makes operation easier for a parent with his/her hands full.) The Quest's tire-pressure monitoring system even boasts an "Easy Fill Tire Alert" feature that, via the horn and exterior blinkers, informs a user airing up the tires that the proper pressures have been set.