Will I Fit? - 2012 Nissan Quest Long-Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest Long Term Road Test

2012 Nissan Quest: Will I Fit?

May 14, 2012

quest cargo

You can be certain about two things here at Inside Line. The first thing is, we do use the long-term minivans to haul a lot of stuff. Whether it be bicycles, metal, housewares or cookies, the minivans usually get the job done better than anything else. The second thing is, by the end of 12 months, and often more than 20k miles, we've successfully beat this subject to death, revived it and then shot it again - just to watch it die.

I figured I'd take a swing at this blog pinata, but instead of stuff, I used... me.

As minivans have storage wells for storing third row seating, when the seats are up those storage wells make a good, relatively non-life threatening place to sit and take pictures. And since our usual support vehicle was in for maintenance, I got the keys to the Quest.

So, what's it like in the trunk?

Well, it's not bad. It's not the biggest well in the business, but it is far enough below bumper height that I wasn't in danger of falling out. And although it isn't as wide as I'd like to be, it did allow me to wedge myself in pretty well. Another bonus is the lack of exhaust fumes that can tend to circulate back into the cabin when you drive with the hatch up like they do on some minivans - I'm looking at you, Honda Odyssey.

Things I could do without? Certainly the finicky storage well covers. Snaps and straps? Maybe in the 80's, but please, not today. And the second, albeit not a terribly real world complaint for most of you, is the incessant beep that goes off for the entire time the vehicle is moving with its hatch open. It's shrill and constant. It's so annoying it would be worth digging up the speaker for that thing and poking it out with a stick.

Otherwise, I liked it. I'd ride in the trunk again.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 14,502 miles

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