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2017 Nissan Altima Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Nissan Altima was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2017 Nissan Altima hasn’t been fully redesigned in four years, and it’s showing its age compared to competitors. Still, it has been refreshed, and it has more sound insulation, which makes the cabin quieter. Its interior is missing the look and feel of high-quality materials that rival cabins offer. The Altima's incredibly comfortable seats impress though. They provide an optimal seating position and plenty of support.

The infotainment system is one area where the Altima falls short. There is no monitor in the base trim and the available 5-inch screen in lower trims is small. If you upgrade you'll get a 7-inch touch screen, but it can frustrating to use compared with rivals' systems. Additionally, the Altima has fewer standard features than competitors.

  • "It's been four years since the Altima got a full redesign, and it shows when it comes to the look and feel of its interior and technology interface. Just a few years ago, the Altima's cabin and entertainment features seemed fresh and hip. But in the wake of updates from Mazda, Honda and Kia, the Nissan is already a step behind." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Nissan Altima sedan's cabin is finely crafted with soft-touch materials, but its prime attraction is NASA-inspired 'zero gravity' front bucket seats, which approach the relaxed 'neutral posture' that the human body assumes in a weightless environment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "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 (2013)

Seating

The 2017 Altima seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Available features include power-adjustable and heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.

Despite the lack of power adjustments on the standard seats, the Altima keeps the driver and passengers comfortable. The Altima maximizes comfort for all, whether on the standard cloth or available leather, with its extremely supportive seats. There is plenty of legroom in the rear seats, which are positioned high for good comfort and outward visibility, but headroom may be a bit snug for taller passengers.

The Altima also has a LATCH system for safely securing child seats, with three upper tether anchors in the rear seat and two lower anchors in the outboard positions. The upper tethers are easy to find, however the lower anchors are difficult to access.

  • "One bright spot in the cabin is the design of the front seats that makes them some of the best in the class when it comes to long-distance comfort. Rear seats provide enough head- and legroom for the average adult and feature an elevated seat cushion for better forward visibility. Despite an increase in sound insulation with last year's model, road and engine noise can still be intrusive." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 Altima has room for five with good legroom in back, although headroom is snug. Up front all Altimas feature Nissan's zero-gravity seats. Said to be inspired by NASA, the seats are indeed comfortable for a variety of body shapes, whether outfitted in the standard cloth or optional leather." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One of the nice surprises was the front bucket seats. Nissan claims the design was inspired by NASA's research into how the body naturally positions itself in zero-gravity situations. While that may sound like an incredibly gimmicky (though original) way to market seats, they're actually quite comfortable. Compared with other bucket seats, where you can clearly feel what part of the cushion you're sitting on, in the Altima you feel suspended by the seat cushion, and this made for a day of ache-free driving. Unfortunately, adjustable lumbar support is offered only on the range-topping SL trim." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

The 2017 Nissan Altima comes standard with Bluetooth, push-button start, and a four-speaker sound system, which are fewer standard features than what many rivals offer. Available features include hands-free text messaging, smartphone app integration, a moonroof, proximity key, a six- or nine-speaker sound system, ,blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, parking assist, automatic forward emergency braking, a rearview camera, a USB port, remote start with Intelligent Climate Control (which activates heating, defrosting, or cooling depending on the outdoor temperature), a 5-inch color monitor, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and navigation.

The Altima hasn’t seen a full redesign in four years, resulting in outdated infotainment features compared to rivals. The available 5-inch color monitor is small, and the upgraded 7-inch touch screen is less responsive and intuitive than competitors’ systems. The positioning of the screen is low, making it somewhat difficult to see from the driver’s seat.

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  • "The Altima's interior design and quality of materials are average, but its infotainment system falls short of the class leaders." -- Edmunds
  • "The other area of concern was the center touch screen, most notably about the usable size of the display. The area is compromised by menu bars across the top and bottom that can't be hidden. I found the lack of size was compensated by ease of use. Before leaving for our first midsize-sedan rendezvous in Santa Monica, it only took a couple of minutes to not only program in the destination, but also to pair my phone. The control interface, like the driving experience, is quite user-friendly." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The new Altima packs plenty of optional tech, including Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Moving Object Detection. But you won't need to break the bank to get some very useful tech. Every Altima comes with standard Bluetooth, and Nissan has made its navigation system an option for just $590. That's a great deal." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Cargo

The 2017 Nissan Altima has plenty of storage space in the cabin for personal items. It also boasts cup holders that can accommodate cups with handles – a welcome feature for those with a coffee habit. With 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, the Altima has typical cargo space for the class. The standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat increases cargo space for longer, bulkier items, and the trunk's large opening makes it easy to load cargo.

  • "Trunk space is about average for the class at 15.4 cubic feet, but the Altima scores additional points for the wide and low opening." -- Edmunds
  • "On our L.A. to S.F. road trip, the four of us found the cabin plenty spacious, and the trunk's 15.4 cubic feet of space came in handy." -- Motor Trend
  • "The front cup holders can now accommodate cups with handles, and with 15.4 cubic feet of space the Altima's spacious trunk can be made larger by folding down the rear 60/40-split seatbacks." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

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