2012 Nissan Quest LE: Remote Control Range
April 27, 2012
Stan forgot something; his trekking poles, I think. He turned around and walked back toward the 2012 Nissan Quest to go get them.
But the doors were locked because of a traumatic formative experience I suffered at age ten in the Harrah's auto museum parking lot in Reno, Nevada. Our car was robbed and Mom and Dad accused each other of leaving it unlocked. Suffice it to say I've been a chronic door-locker ever since.
A small group of us was farther up the hill than Stan. I was in no mindset to turn back because I was On My Way to the ridgetop. The remote key fob was my best hope.
It worked. The faraway warning beeps were very faint, but the door opened for Stan and he retrieved his stuff. I used the button to close it when he was done.
We continued on up the hill and got to the top a couple minutes before Stan, who was still catching up. Curious, I fished out the keys once more and tried again while we waited.
It worked just the same. The beeps were unhearable at this distance -- 0.12 mile/0.2 km/650 feet according to the GPS -- but the door slid back and forth as if I had been standing right next to it.
Of course I locked it when I was done playing.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing