2012 Nissan Quest: PlasmaVan
August 20, 2012
Minivans are not my thing. If there's one thing that will prove a guaranteed deterrent to single ladies, it's a guy driving a minivan; or pretty much any van, come to think of it. But there I was, driving our long-term Quest on a beautiful Sunday morning. I felt as unappealing to L.A. ladies as I ever have. I might as well have had open sores on my face.
Thankfully, this was only a temporary exile.
Last year, I bought a big 3D plasma TV, but I held onto my old first generation 42-inch plasma, too. On the rare occasion Niebuhr would bring his Xbox over and we'd have a dual-screen duel in Forza (also a big chick repellant), or when my new TV crapped-out, the old plasma pretty much sat in the corner gathering dust. So I decided to give this vintage 2001 TV to my sister and her family.
Plasmas have to be shipped upright, so I decided the Quest would be the best mode of transport. I was right. Kurt helped me lift and slide the TV into the second row, then I just secured it against the seats with a tie-down strap at the headrests. Those sliding side doors made the whole process incredibly easy, too.
As soon as we dropped off the TV, we bolted for the office to exchange the Quest for something a bit more inspiring. As much as minivans represent single-guy Kryptonite, it sure is useful having one at my disposal.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 20,002 miles