Conversations With The Cuz - 2012 Nissan Quest Long-Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest Long Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest LE: Conversations With The Cuz

March 12, 2012

2012 Nissan Quest LE

My cousin Teri was visiting me from Virginia over the weekend before heading off to San Diego for work. When I was getting ready to pick her up at the airport, I said, "Look for a giant gray Nissan Quest minivan."

"You're driving a what??" she asked.

"A Quest minivan," I repeated.

"No, seriously, what should I look for?" she asked again.

I guess my family has gotten a little used to me driving fancy cars over the years. And yep, that damn minivan stigma surfaces yet again.

Not surprisingly, a minivan has never been on Teri's radar. She has a boyfriend, but no immediate plans for marriage or kids. "But even if I have kids, I can't see myself ever driving a minivan," she told me.

"What would your drive?"

"An SUV."

I've had this same conversation with several women, and it's amazing how many hate the thought of driving (and worse, I think, being seen in) a minivan. Personally, I don't care who sees me in the Quest. Of course, I'm not paying for it, or driving it every day.

Teri couldn't deny how nice the Quest's ride was, or the comfortable interior, or the utter space efficiency and usefulness. But it seems like no matter how good minivans get, the stigma of actually being a minivan driver, and all that entails, just won't go away.

It should be noted, though, that Teri isn't exactly a typical female. She has two vehicles, a Nissan Pathfinder that trucks her and her friends to as many Clemson football games as possible. And a Mazda RX-8 with a manual transmission.

She told me her current dream car is the Acura NSX Concept that she saw an ad for during the Super Bowl, until I told her that it probably won't have a manual transmission.

"Wait, what? Why would anyone buy a sports car without a manual transmission? Where's the fun in driving that?" she asked.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 7,700 miles.  

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