2012 Nissan Quest: Tale of the Tape
July 20, 2012
Here is the seat control switch in the cargo area of our 2012 Nissan Quest LE. Press it one direction, the seatback lowers. Press it the other and it raises. This isn't the first time we've acknowledged its usefulness. But it is the first time we've measured the benefit tangibly...
When the time comes to raise the seatback, there are two options.
Option one, lean forward and grab the strap to pull it up manually. It can be difficult if the strap is not stretched perfectly straight, as in the picture. The end of it rests 24 inches from the door opening.
Option two, utilize the button. It lifts the seat so the strap is easier to grab, just 16 inches away now. Note, the button will not raise the seat far enough for passengers to jump right in. It doesn't even get to 90 degrees. Manual seatback adjustment is still required.
Do you feel smarter now?
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 19,300 miles