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in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,443 - $15,443
Original MSRP: $26,780 - $26,780
MPG: 35 City / 33 Hwy
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2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid Interior

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Nissan has significantly upgraded the materials inside the Altima hybrid for 2010, with new fabrics and softer surfaces throughout. Reviewers are generally happy with the ergonomics of the car, and say its electronics work well, but they warn that advanced features like a navigation system and an upgraded stereo are available only in expensive options packages. 

It isn’t easy, however, to find a moderately-equipped, moderately-priced midsize hybrid. Both the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid are based off of upscale versions of those cars, with prices that often exceed $30,000. Buyers looking for a midsize hybrid with fewer bells and whistles and a lower price are limited to lower trim levels of the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight. Both are somewhat smaller than the Altima Hybrid.

  • "The changes [for 2010] are more extensive inside, and while there are some styling flourishes, more significant are the upgrades to onboard technology.” -- Examiner.com
  • "The biggest improvements are inside, where revised fabrics and materials give the look and feel of quality." -- Road and Track
  • "Altima's interior ambiance isn't quite as rich as its use of soft-touch, textured materials would lead you to believe. The use of budget-grade plastics in the center console area is also a disappointment. It's still pleasant inside, though." -- Consumer Guide
  • The interior "is entirely a case of pay to play. For the base-level model the cabin is cleanly designed with good-looking materials and appointments, but from a tech perspective it is stripped down, with the only noteworthy features being a smart key and a single-disc CD player." -- CNET
  • Fully equipped, the cabin boasts "supremely comfortable leather seats, plenty of rear legroom and a luxury-car array of accessories." -- USA Today

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Seating

Reviewers have little to say about the seats inside the 2010 Altima Hybrid. It offers more legroom than some competitors, particularly in the rear seats.

  • "Good overall headroom and legroom, though six-footers may want more seat travel. Seats have very good thigh and lumbar support, though some testers complain that the seats lack a supportive contour. The steering wheel tilts and is telescopic to aid in driver positioning." -- Consumer Guide
  • "More front-seat legroom and headroom than a Camry." -- MSN

Interior Features

Nissan has upgraded the quality of the materials inside the Altima hybrid for 2010. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, power windows and a trip computer. Many of the most desirable features, however, are added-cost options. These include a well-regarded Bose sound system, and the same navigation system found on more expensive cars from Nissan's Infiniti brand -- but reviewers complain that buyers face a choice between a stripped-down base model or a very expensive optioned-out edition, with no steps inbetween.

  • "The 4.3-inch color display with the Premium Audio package doesn't offer the color intensity of some systems. However the 6.5-inch VGA screen offers one of the better interfaces we've experienced, with intuitive switching between navigation, satellite radio, and Bluetooth functions.” -- Popular Mechanics
  • “Large and legible gauges. Audio and climate controls are simple to operate in models without the available navigation system. The navigation system isn't easy to program, and it absorbs and complicates audio functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unlike the Camry Hybrid, the base-level Altima is stripped down in terms of cabin tech, and those wanting gadgetry will find themselves paying dearly for the option. Those who do make the investment will not be disappointed, as the Altima Hybrid borrows some of the high-end technologies from Nissan's luxury Infiniti marquee, including an outstanding voice-recognition system, a great Bluetooth hands-free calling interface, and an excellent Bose stereo." -- CNET
  • "The sounds from the Bose audio system were impressively clear and strong." -- MSN

Cargo

Trunk space is a problem in the Altima hybrid. Like most manufacturers, Nissan places the hybrid's large battery in the trunk. This helps balance the car’s handling, offsetting the weight of the engine. But it cuts into cargo space significantly. The conventional Altima offers 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The hybrid model only has 10.1 cubic feet of available space. To make matters worse, the rear seats don't fold down as they do in the gasoline-powered Altima.

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