2012 Nissan Quest: The Quest's Well
February 13, 2012
One of the more distinctive elements of the modern minivan is the "well" -- the empty space at the rear of the van that's created when the third row of seats is raised. It often comes in handy for placing and securing loose cargo. One of my favored uses is lining up grocery bags.
As you might have noticed, the Nissan Quest is a little different in that it has two covers for its storage well. This does bring about some positives and negatives when it comes time for grocery shopping.
On the positive side, there's a higher load floor with the covers in place, meaning it's easier to load or unload heavy bags or items that would otherwise be deeper in the well. Things seem to slide around a little more, but as long as the third row seat is raised, it's still pretty useful.
The downside is that the covers reduce the ease of actually utilizing the well. As Josh noted previously, the covers are just hinged with straps and are pretty floppy. There's also no good way to secure them in a raised position. (Actually, the owner's manual instructs you not to drive with the covers raised.) So either you don't use the well at all, or whatever you put in it has to be short enough that you can install the covers.
For me, I think I'd prefer the regular well design as found on the Odyssey and Sienna.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,723 miles