Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Quest VS 2017 Honda Odyssey Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Quest

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2017 Honda Odyssey

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 Odyssey only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Quest and the Odyssey 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available blind spot warning systems.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Quest’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Odyssey’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Odyssey’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Quest’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 12 more horsepower (260 vs. 248) than the Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

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 Odyssey are solid, not vented.

The Quest stops shorter than the Odyssey:





60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite’s 60 series tires.

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 Odyssey doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Quest S/SV’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Odyssey’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Quest has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Odyssey (177.8 vs. 172.6).

The Quest has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more third row headroom, 1.2 inches more third row hip room and .3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Odyssey.

The rear step up height for the Quest is 1.3 inches lower than the Odyssey (15.7” vs. 17”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Quest Platinum’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Odyssey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Odyssey doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Odyssey’s 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 Odyssey 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 Odyssey 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 Odyssey is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Quest is less expensive to operate than the Odyssey because typical repairs cost less on the Quest than the Odyssey, including $144 less for a water pump, $49 less for an alternator and $3 less for front brake pads.

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