2012 Nissan Quest LE: Moving More Jeep Tires and Wheels
October 25, 2012
Our 2012 Nissan Quest has become something of a designated tire carrier. And why not? Flop the seats down, load up and lock down and you've got secure, dry storage that a pickup bed can't match.
Of course we do have to worry about scuffing up the tan interior. (Never get the tan interior.)
Which is why we perched the four new Sumitomo tires for our Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 atop four cardboard boxes containing wheels and tires for another long-term vehicle to be named later.
The Quest's fold-down second row proved its worth yet again -- no seat removal and garage storage necessary. But here you can also see how much vertical package clearance this strategy gives up. That folded seat is about 10 inches thick. In other minivans that would be extra distance to the load floor.
We haven't run into a problem with this just yet, but I have hauled stuff in my own minivan a few times that would be too tall for the Nissan Quest.
As always, your mileage may vary.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 23,602 miles