2012 Nissan Quest LE: Rear Entertainment Review
February 24, 2012
"The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion."
"It is his fault he didn't lock the garage."
My daughter watched a movie (not Ferris Bueller's Day Off) on our Quest's rear-seat entertainment system (RES) earlier this week. Figured I'd follow up with a few semi-professional thoughts about how well it works.
I also reviewed our Odyssey's RES last July, so I'll be comparing the two systems quite a bit here.
Like most other rear-entertainment systems, the Quest has a fairly standard setup with a single CD/DVD player up front and a flip-down display screen for the second and third rows. It's an 11-inch screen, however, and has a better wide-screen aspect ratio than the 9-inch screen in the Odyssey. (Note that our Odyssey had the standard RES; an upgrade is also available.)
The system also comes with two wireless headphones. They have adjustable volume and an auto-off feature. As with most other systems, the front passengers can listen to an alternate audio source while those seated in the rear can use the headphones. I preferred the Odyssey's headphones, though, as they seemed to have a better sound quality and had a more useful auto-off function.
Speaker sound quality was impressive in my limited testing, though. Since our Quest is the LE trim level, it has both the RES and a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system as standard. In particular, I liked how there's an integrated speaker in the RES unit that functions as the center-channel speaker.
I wasn't as fond of the Quest's RES remote. I forgot to take a picture of it, but it's not as easy to use as the Odyssey's remote and it lacks the Odyssey's dockable capability. But overall I like our Quest's RES more, with screen and audio quality being the main determining factors.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor