Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Quest VS 2015 Chrysler Town Near Macon, GA

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2015 Nissan Quest

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2015 Chrysler Town

Safety Comparison

The Quest Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Town and Country only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Quest and the Town and Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Quest’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Town and Country runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Quest’s reliability will be 76% better than the Town and Country.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Quest is faster than the Chrysler Town and Country:


Town and Country

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Quest gets better fuel mileage than the Town and Country (20 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Quest’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Town and Country are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Quest SL/Platinum’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Town and Country (235/55R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The Quest SL/Platinum’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Town and Country’s 65 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Quest SL/Platinum has standard 18-inch wheels. The Town and Country’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Quest has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Town and Country doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Quest has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chrysler Town and Country has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Quest has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Town and Country doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Quest is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Town and Country.

For better maneuverability, the Quest S/SV’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Town and Country’s (36.1 feet vs. 39.1 feet). The Quest SL/Platinum’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Town and Country’s (36.7 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Quest may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 300 pounds less than the Chrysler Town and Country.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Quest has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Town and Country uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Quest has 14.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Town and Country (177.8 vs. 163.5).

The Quest has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear hip room, 2.1 inches more third row headroom, 7.8 inches more third row legroom and .9 inches more third row hip room than the Town and Country.

The front step up height for the Quest is 1.6 inches lower than the Town and Country (15.7” vs. 17.25”). The Quest’s rear step up height is 2.6 inches lower than the Town and Country’s (15.7” vs. 18.25”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Quest SV/SL/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Town and Country’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the front windows are left down on the Quest SV/SL/Platinum the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Town and Country can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Quest has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Town and Country doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Quest’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Town and Country’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Quest has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Town and Country only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Quest has standard extendable sun visors. The Town and Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Quest owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Quest with a number “5” insurance rate while the Town and Country is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Quest is less expensive to operate than the Town and Country because typical repairs cost less on the Quest than the Town and Country, including $42 less for an alternator, $98 less for front brake pads and $53 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Quest, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chrysler Town and Country isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Quest first among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Town and Country isn’t in the top three.

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