Oregon Bound - 2012 Nissan Quest Long-Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest Long Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest LE: Oregon Bound

December 22, 2011

2012 Nissan Quest LE: Oregon Bound 

It's that time of year again. Time to pick a vehicle to head north to Oregon for the holidays. The recent arrival of our new 2012 Nissan Quest LE made the choice easy.

How well does it go down the road? Will the seats be comfy over the long haul? And what about the Quest's atypical (for a minivan) seat folding strategy?

In loading our stuff, I've already begun to form an opinion on that last point. The second and third rows fold forward, on top of themselves, which eliminates the "where to store them?" question for the second row while creating a level floor. Thing is, that floor is higher than other minivans by the approximate thickness of those folded seats.

My daughters are of course sitting in the second row seats on this trip, so this middle row strategy doesn't help me any, as the Quest's higher load floor extends all the way to the back, where the highish liftover comes across a bit like a crossover. That said, the tall, boxy Quest has plenty of usable space in the cargo area (and in a hidden underfloor compartment) for what we're carrying this time out.

TIme to close the hatch and hit the road. Should be interesting.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehilce Testing @ 1,067 miles

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