Power Third Row - 2012 Nissan Quest Long-Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest Long Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest LE: Power Third Row

January 12, 2012

 2012 Nissan Quest LE: Power Third Row

Our long-term 2012 Nissan Quest LE has 60/40 split power 3rd row seats. The Quest's system is a lot faster in both raising and lowering the 3rd row than on some competitors, even those with manual operation.

All versions of the Quest can quickly drop the 3rd row, but only the LE trim has one button press seat drop and power seat raise. Just press the switch in the cargo area and the seat drops instantly.  You must press and hold the adjacent switch for the seat to power up. In the video on the jump, I briefly release the switch to show that the seat will stop raising when the switch is released.

One small hiccup...  

One small hiccup in the Quest's system is that the 3rd row doesn't raise all the way up to a suitable seating position, even coming up short of vertical.  You have to pull and hold the strap to release the seatback, then adjust to the correct position with your other hand.  This isn't very convenient if your hands are full.

But the Quest's power system is way better than trying to read the tiny directions and trying to figure out which straps to pull on our long-term 2011 Toyota Sienna SE and 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring. On our Quest, you just push the buttons.

Of course, the Limited trim (only) on the Sienna offers power 3rd row seats, but even the top trim level of the Odyssey, the Touring Elite, does not offer this feature. Surprise.

 2011 Toyota Sienna 8th seat stored  

(Our long-term 2011 Toyota Sienna SE with straps)

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 3,825 miles

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