What’s bigger than a breadbox yet is still very much shaped like a breadbox and just so happens to be the squarest thing to happen to the minivan class since the old VW Vanagon disappeared from the our shores about the time Jerry Garcia died? Well, it may not be anywhere near as cool as the Vanagon or Jerry Garcia but it’s the 2012 Nissan Quest which doesn’t shock and awe so much with clever features or new design motifs but rather stupefies onlookers with its resolute lack of style.
Now for some minivan buyers it may be all well and good that the 2012 Nissan Quest is very sensible and practical but how does it fare as a family hauler when compared with class rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna? Those vans not only feature some curves in their sheet metal but they also happen to be somewhat fun to drive all the while managing to incorporate clever family friendly features such as the Odyssey’s built-in waste basket. The Quest can haul seven family members in distinct comfort but it does so without any real design pizazz. Is that sort of thing too much to expect from a minivan?
Now we realize that not all minivans are created equal but we were admittedly let down by the fact that the 2012 Nissan Quest utterly lacks any sort of special “surprise and delight” feature to set it apart from the herd. No, we don’t count the one hidden cargo compartment under the floor behind the third row of seats as a “surprise and delight” feature most notably because Chrysler folds its second row of seats into two similar containers thanks to its very clever Stow N’ Go system. The Nissan Quest’s second and third rows fold down for cargo hauling but they don’t fold completely flat as one would expect in a cargo van.
But what if you think a stylistic breadbox on wheels is the answer to your transportation and personal visual stimulation needs? As a matter of fact you could do worse than the 2012 Nissan Quest because as we are about to lay out for you in this review, there are some positive attributes that make this minivan perfectly capable of handling the toughest family duties. Sure, it may not do it all in style but it will do everything you ask of it without annoying you with any major flaws. Unless you consider having a personality bypass a flaw.