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2013 Nissan Altima Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Nissan Altima was new.


Interior: 8.2

Auto reviewers are impressed with the 2013 Nissan Altima’s revamped interior. They like the modern styling, quiet cabin and quality materials. A few say the interior design is more conventional than they would like, noting that some rivals stand out with better-looking cabins. The Altima’s front seats get high marks for their comfort and support, and many reviewers appreciate the legroom in the back seat. Many high-tech features are optional, and test drivers are split on their ease of use. Cargo space increased slightly compared with the 2012 Altima, but is still average for the class.

  • "The interior is more contemporary looking, still quiet, and its materials and colors are attractive." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Altima's restyled interior features functionally arranged controls, but the overall design is notably conservative at a time when competitors are getting bolder with their interiors. I expected to see more of the Altima's distinctive exterior flair on the inside." -- Cars.com
  • "Wind noise is absent, and the tires don't produce much background noise, either. It's easy to tell that Nissan has put a lot of work into giving the Altima a premium-sounding interior space, and the results are impressive." -- Winding Road
  • "Like the exterior, the cabin's overall aesthetic hedges toward the conservative, but given the segment, that's appropriate. As it is, the Altima's new digs are at or near the top of the class." -- Autoblog
  • "Most of the major controls are easy to use, and everything looks high quality. Our top-of-the-line SL model was trimmed in leather, some sparse wood and a few metallic accents. It's classy-looking without being over the top." -- Inside Line
  • "Inside, the Altima looks like a more expensive vehicle, with lots of soft-touch materials, an easy-to-read instrument panel and ventilation and audio systems with old-fashioned knobs instead of touch-screen controls." -- MarketWatch


Nissan calls the 2013 Altima’s new front bucket seats "zero-gravity" seats. Nissan says they were NASA-inspired and help reduce the load on the spine and muscles, as well as improve blood flow. Cloth seats are standard, while leather and heated front seats are optional. The majority of auto critics really like the "zero-gravity" seats, saying they are very comfortable and supportive. One reviewer says the front seats have too much lumbar support, but are otherwise good. The Altima’s back seat receives positive comments for its legroom, but some reviewers note that other rivals have bigger back seats.

  • "A big part of the reason the 2013 Nissan Altima is such a pleasant place to spend time has to do with the front seats. ... Science aside, they really do deliver in the comfort department. In fact, they're probably in our top five for most comfortable seats ever." -- Inside Line
  • "Passenger space is up slightly, giving this 191-inch long sedan a gigantic back seat and plenty of room for front row occupants. Those front thrones were engineered according to NASA's ‘zero gravity’ specifications, but we found them to be a little too strong on lumbar for our preferences. Cloth-seated Altimas feature a love-it-or-hate-it upholstery that felt like a mix between appealing suede and kitschy Grandma's Grand Marquis." -- Left Lane News
  • "Rear seat space has improved, but still comes across as a bit tight for class standards, especially compared to the Passat's NBA-spec accommodations." -- Autoblog
  • "The Altima's three-person backseat is among the roomier spaces in this car class. Even with the front seat positioned for a 6-foot-tall driver, there's enough space in back for a 6-foot-tall passenger to ride comfortably." -- Cars.com
  • "Front-seat comfort is excellent, thanks to newly designed buckets. Supportive and soft, the seats have a memory-foam-like feel that embraces your body with a delightfully uniform pressure. The rear seats aren't quite as comfortable as those in the first-class front row, but there's plenty of space. Legroom is excellent; think exit row but without the responsibility." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and push-button start are standard on the base model, while buyers have to choose a higher trim level to get things like a USB port, satellite radio and hands-free text messaging. Available features include navigation, a 7-inch touch-screen display and a moonroof.

Reviewers are divided on the 2013 Altima’s technology. Some say the optional 7-inch touch screen is easy to see and use, while others note that a few buttons and knobs are either tiny or difficult to use.

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  • "The center-mounted 7.0-inch touch screen is large enough, but some of the buttons (such as the map zoom and the radio presets) are no larger than the tip of your finger, so it can be a chore to use while moving." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The infotainment system in our test vehicle was controlled by a large, easy-to-reach touchscreen on the center stack. The 7.0-inch display included in the $590 navigation system is, frankly, wonderful. It's bright, well placed, and very convenient to use." -- Winding Road
  • "We were less impressed with the feel of some of the switchgear, though, as the radio knobs felt sticky and hard to dial in precisely, and the radio itself sounded only average." -- Inside Line
  • "The dashboard is conventional but effectively organized, with a handful of satin silver accents on board to enliven the atmosphere. An optional seven-inch navigation display could serve as a model for most rivals thanks to both its bright screen and its fast, simple menus. Another high-res screen sits between the primary gauges to provide the driver with all the vehicle, audio and navigation information he or she could ever need." -- Left Lane News
  • "As well equipped as the Altima is, looking across the aisle at its competition, there are still some missing options beginning to creep into the segment, including seat cooling, rear seat heaters, panoramic moonroof and telematics (OnStar, Blue Link), and you'll have to pop for a loaded V6 in order to get Xenon headlamps. Make no mistake, though, there's still a boatload of equipment here." -- Autoblog


The Altima has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for midsize sedans.

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