2012 Nissan Quest LE: Hauling Long Items
January 30, 2012
Cargo-wise, our 2012 Nissan Quest LE comes across more like a crossover than a minivan.
Case in point: those are 8-foot pieces of angle iron, and they don't fit behind the front seats. To preserve seating for four I must poke them between the front seats and restrain them so they can't bash the dash. If I'm willing to limit seating to two I could fold down the rear seats and angle the angle iron to a greater degree.
But neither maneuver works with any sort of 8-foot panel or boxy object, even if it's just a couple feet wide -- a 4'x8' chunk of plywood or drywall isn't even worth discussing. Heck, I'd have a hard time loading a larger number of slender 8-foot items, such as a bunch of 2x4s or 4x4s.
Any homeowner who has ever visited Lowes or Home Depot knows ours is an 8-foot world. Trouble is the Quest, despite its commodious outward appearance, is a 7-foot vehicle.
As much as I prefer driving and sitting in the 2012 Nissan Quest for long distances compared to a Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey, this shortcoming is enough to keep the Quest off my shopping list. It can't provide what I consider one of the primary benefits of minivan ownership.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing