Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Honda Odyssey VS 2017 Nissan Quest Near Norcross, GA

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2018 Honda Odyssey

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2018 Honda Odyssey

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2017 Nissan Quest

Safety Comparison

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has standard crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Quest doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Honda Odyssey has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Quest doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Quest doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Quest doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Quest doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Odyssey and the Quest 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, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Quest has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Odyssey has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Quest’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 3 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine Comparison

The Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (280 vs. 260) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 240) than the Quest’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Quest doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Odyssey Touring/Elite’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Quest doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Odyssey has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Quest doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Odyssey’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Quest:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Odyssey has larger tires than the Quest (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R16).

The Odyssey’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Quest S/SV’s standard 65 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Odyssey has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Quest S/SV. The Odyssey Elite’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Quest SL/Platinum.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Odyssey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Quest’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Odyssey has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Odyssey flat and controlled during cornering. The Quest’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Odyssey uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Quest doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Quest doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Odyssey offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Quest can only carry 7.

The Odyssey has 1.3 inches more front hip room and 4.2 inches more rear legroom than the Quest.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Quest.




Third Seat Folded

88.8 cubic feet

63.6 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

144.9 cubic feet

108.4 cubic feet

The Odyssey has a standard One-Motion Magic Seat third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Quest doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Odyssey Touring/Elite’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Quest doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Quest doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Odyssey’s standard front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Quest’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Quest SV/SL/Platinum’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Odyssey Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Quest’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Quest doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Odyssey Elite keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Quest doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Odyssey’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Quest doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Odyssey Touring/Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Quest doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Quest doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard smartphone integration for the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Quest doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Odyssey, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Nissan doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Quest S.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Odyssey outsold the Nissan Quest by over 9 to one during the 2016 model year.

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