2012 Nissan Quest: Almost Everything I Need to Know
May 08, 2012
I've said this about other Nissans, and I'm going to say it again about our long-term 2012 Quest: I really like how Nissan organizes and displays almost all the information I really want to know during a road trip (other than basics like vehicle speed, engine rpm, of course) on the navigation screen.
At a glance, I can see:
- where I am on the map,
- what my next turn is,
- approximately how much traffic awaits on the route,
- the miles left to my destination,
- the approximate time left to my destination,
- the current time,
- the signal strength for my Bluetooth-connected mobile phone,
- and my current radio station, CD track or other media source
There are just two other bits of infomation I'd like to see here...
I wouldn't mind seeing an approximated battery life display for my phone (other systems show this).
More importantly (and specific to my life), I'd like to see the current score and inning on the bottom of the screen when listening to a baseball game on XM radio (i.e., LAD2 SF1 T5). Mind you, I can certainly get this info if I toggle to the satellite radio menu, but one neat/nerdy convenience in our TSX wagon, was that you could watch the map on the main screen and then see the score/inning on the small audio display below the nav unit. The Acura didn't integrate all the other info I listed above as tidily as the Nissan does... so I still prefer the Quest overall. The baseball score thing is more of a would-be-nice request.
Aside, I wasn't really bothered by the Quest's shifter location during my desert getaway. Yes, in "D" it obstructs the climate control system's off button and the audio system's power/volume knob. But I never had occasion to to turn off either system during eight hours of total driving time. And to adjust the volume, I mainly used the steering wheel toggle button.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,160 miles