2012 Nissan Quest LE: Floppy Bin Doors
January 27, 2012
I'm sure there's some logical reason (removability, flexibility, whatever) that the Quest's floor bins utilize fabric hinges which snap the doors to the floor. But it should be obvious from this photo why they annoy me. Yes, the hinges are fully fastened in this photo.
Here you can see the snap straps which act as "hinges" on the bin doors. Besides the fact that the doors don't remain aligned when closed, they awkwardly bind the hinge strap when fully open. You can see the how tightly the straps are pulled in the above image. There's no obvious way to stop the door in the vertical position in this case as gravity makes it fall toward the front of the van. Mazda has a similar design in the previous generation 3 and 5, both of which offer a slot where the bin door can be located while open.
Nissan's design could be better.
If it were more like Mazda's:
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor