2012 Nissan Quest LE: Nearly Grounded
March 19, 2012
Well, here's a problem I wouldn't expect to encounter in a minivan. Our NSX or old Z06? Sure. But our Quest? Curbs are not all the same height and some can be rather tall. Also the downward slope of the street's side (to aid drainage) adds to the potential problem as the door will swing open on a downward plane. So if you drive a low-slung car, it's good practice to check door-swing clearance to prevent scraping the door's bottom edge and/or digging up the grass. This curb wasn't particularly high, but my wife always does the door check thing before hopping out. Here was the surprising result with the Quest.
Had she swung it open enough to get out it would've just cleared the curb but would've required her to replace her divots. So instead she shut the door, stepped over the console and exited via the sliding side door. I was surprised that a minivan's door couldn't comfortably clear this curb, but upon closer inspection I found out why.
As you can see here, the door itself doesn't go that low -- the Quest's ground effects cladding extends about four inches below the door's bottom edge. Makes for a cleaner aesthetic rather than having two separate pieces (one piece on the door and one below) but this more seamless look is going to cost shotgun passengers some extra caution.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 8,000 miles