in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $13,486 - $19,736
Original MSRP: $20,550 - $31,200
MPG: 23 City / 32 Hwy
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2012 Nissan Altima Interior

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Test drivers are satisfied with the 2012 Nissan Altima’s interior. It’s not the most spacious, but it does have a lot of tech options that many shoppers are looking for. Reviewers caution, however, that optional technology packages quickly increase the Altima’s base price. They generally like the interior materials, but some say the Altima’s interior looks a little bland.

  • "Inside, the 2012 Nissan Altima's passenger cabin offers top-quality materials and attractive, if a bit plain, styling." -- Edmunds
  • "Altima's interior makes good use of soft-touch, textured materials, creating a pleasing ambiance, if one that's a bit monotone." -- Consumer Guide
  • “I love the color combo of this Altima. The dark maroon paint and black interior make for a classy package. The seats are soft and adjustable and all the controls are in the right spots.” -- AutoWeek


Most reviewers say seating in the Altima sedan and Altima coupe is cramped. The sedan has the roomiest seats up front, so the driver and front passenger shouldn’t have a hard time finding a comfortable position. Front seats in the coupe, however, are short on legroom and headroom. Back seats in both the sedan and coupe are tight, but the coupe’s rear row is the least comfortable. If you need to, you can fit three passengers in the coupe’s back seat, but adults won’t have enough legroom or headroom.

Base models come with cloth seats, while leather and heated seats are optional.

  • "In sedans, the rear bench is reasonably comfortable for those under 6 feet. Tall riders will find headroom limited, especially beneath the sunroof housing. Legroom is lacking as well, unless the front seats are well forward. Coupes are cramped for both headroom and legroom, which is not surprising given the 2-door body style." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Another downside to the Altima is that rear seat headroom is a bit tight in both coupe and sedan body styles." -- Edmunds
  • "Do two car seats fit? Yes. Do three car seats fit? No. There just isn’t enough room for a booster, convertible and infant-safety seat." -- Mother Proof
  • "The cabin has ample room to seat five, though those in back pay for Altima's coupe profile and low roof line. An occasional bump on the old bean when getting in or out and when riding. Not sure who insisted on coupe profiles on sedans, but bet his name is ‘Shorty.’" -- Chicago Tribune

Interior Features

The Nissan Altima sedan comes with relatively few standard interior features compared with other affordable midsize cars. Nissan makes you add pricey packages to get common features like a stereo and Bluetooth. Also, reviewers note that you can’t pick and choose the features you want in the packages. If you buy one, you get them all. Individually, these packages are fairly priced, but there’s a catch. If you buy one tech package, Nissan makes you buy another, and pretty soon, you’re paying a lot of money.

You do get push-button start, as well as power windows and locks standard on the base sedan model though. The coupe comes with more standard features, including a stereo/CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

  • "On models without the optional navigation system, Altima sets a benchmark in this category." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior can also be fitted out with upscale options like a hard-drive-based navigation system with music storage, Bluetooth streaming audio and a rearview camera. These and many other high-end goodies are bundled together in a number of different packages, meaning some buyers will be forced to shell out money for features they don't really want in order to get those they do." -- Edmunds
  • "This Bluetooth phone system is far from the cutting edge, as it won't import a phone's contact list, forcing you to dial by telling the voice command system the actual phone numbers." -- CNET
  • "Luckily for me, the sound of my ‘singing’ voice was drowned out by the outstanding Bose sound system." -- AutoWeek


The Nissan Altima sedan has 15.3 cubic feet of space, which is average for family sedans. If you’re considering the Altima coupe, you should know that it isn’t as spacious, and only holds 8.2 cubic feet of stuff, which is small in comparison with other coupes. The Honda Accord Coupe, for example, has 11.9 cubic feet of trunk space.

  • "The sedan's trunk is generously sized and shaped. Lid hinges intrude deeply into the cargo area. Low liftover eases the loading of bulky items, though the split rear seat backs on conventional models don't fold completely flat. Coupes have non-intrusive strut-style hinges, but the trunk is small, narrow, and shallow." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Altima coupes buyers will have to make do with a significantly smaller 8.2-cubic-foot cargo hold." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is spacious, and lumber or skis can be accommodated by reaching in back and tugging the release cords to lower the back seats. How about a release lever in the cabin?" -- Chicago Tribune

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