The Quest Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan 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.
The Nissan Quest has a better fatality history. The Quest was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 5% lower per vehicle registered than the Grand Caravan, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Quest’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Grand Caravan runs out after 100,000 miles.
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 Grand Caravan.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st.
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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 30th.
On the EPA test cycle the Quest gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Caravan (20 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).
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 Grand Caravan are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Quest SL/Platinum’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Grand Caravan (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 Grand Caravan’s 65 series tires.
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Quest SL/Platinum has standard 18-inch wheels. The Grand Caravan’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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
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 Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan.
For better maneuverability, the Quest S/SV’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Grand Caravan’s (36.1 feet vs. 39.1 feet). The Quest SL/Platinum’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Grand Caravan’s (36.7 feet vs. 39.1 feet).
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 Grand Caravan uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Quest has 14.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Caravan (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 Grand Caravan.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Quest Platinum’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Quest’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Grand Caravan AVP’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.
When two different drivers share the Quest LE, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Quest Platinum’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Quest’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Grand Caravan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Quest SV/SL/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Grand Caravan’s optional 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 Grand Caravan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Intelligent Key standard on the Quest allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan’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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer extendable visors.
When the Quest Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Grand Caravan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Quest has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Grand Caravan AVP doesn’t offer rear vents.
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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan because typical repairs cost less on the Quest than the Grand Caravan, including $42 less for an alternator, $84 less for front brake pads and $53 less for a fuel pump.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Quest, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan isn’t in the top three.