I Thought It Was Made in Japan? - 2012 Nissan Quest Long-Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest Long Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest: I Thought It Was Made in Japan?

February 04, 2012

2012 Nissan Quest

My carport is a little wider than a typical compact parking space. (Note: Most vehicles short of an H2 or dually will fit, but one side of the 'port is a stucco wall, so if I'm dealing with a half-ton pickup, a bench seat is convenient as I can exit from the passenger side.) Our long-term 2012 Nissan Quest fits in here with room to spare. A couple nights ago I allowed what I thought would be a comfortable margin -- almost 2 feet -- to exit on the driver side of the Quest.

And indeed I could get out, but when I tried to leave the driver door open to retrieve items in and around the front-passenger seat, it wouldn't stay open... because I couldn't get the door open wide enough to hit that first detent. Forcing the issue was only going to result in having the door scrape against the wall. This was inconvenient. It would have been even more annoying in a crowded parking garage with another van or SUV parked next to me.

2012 Nissan Quest

A couple hours later I left to run an errand, and when I returned, I snugged the van up more closely on the passenger side. That netted me another inch or two on the driver side, and sure enough, now I could open the door wide enough to set it in the first detent. OK. Good.

But since I can't always park the van just so, I'd like another detent so that I can keep the driver door open at a narrower angle. Given the parking situation in Japan (that is, really narrow garages), I'm frankly surprised our Kyushu-built van doesn't make more allowance for maneuvering the hinged doors in tight confines.

2012 Nissan Quest

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 5,070 miles

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