2012 Nissan Quest LE: About That High Load Floor
January 26, 2012
I was curious about the Nissan Quest's higher-than-usual-for-minivans load floor. One of the big benefits of minivans for me is the ease with which I can just throw a bike in the back, with all wheels on, bungee it secure, and I'm on my way.
This was simple with, say, our long-term Toyota Sienna.
But what about the Quest? I mean, I knew it would fit, but the question was how easily? I found out on my way to an early-morning group road ride in Irvine. After which, I was strangely craving a 3x3...
Turns out it's definitely not as easy to throw a bike in the back as most minivans. I had to angle the bicycle to roll it up inside. But, that doesn't matter too much because I lean the bike over to bungee it to the side anyway. And it was still easier than the majority of vehicles out there.
Once the seat clears the initial opening, the bike actually can be stood up straight. Although, I'm height-impaired and my bike is only a 54, so your loading may vary.
On the other hand, the third row of seats folds down with the touch of a button (actually two buttons), so that's pretty simple. And to fit the bike in I just slid one side of the second row seats forward.
And yes, that minivan in the background is another cyclist who was out on the ride. He clearly knows the value of a useful vehicle.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 4,597 miles.