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MSRP: $22,170 - $30,820
Invoice: $20,971 - $28,488
MPG: 27 City / 38 Hwy
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Nissan Altima Interior

Reviewers agree that soft, high-end materials and supportive front bucket seats make the 2014 Nissan Altima’s cabin feel luxurious. Rear legroom is good, test drivers say, though rear headroom is lacking. Test drivers report that controls are intuitive and well laid-out and the navigation system is user-friendly. Cargo space is on par with the rest of the class.

  • "The 2014 Altima's cabin has a markedly upscale look and feel, with visibly high-quality materials and tight construction." -- 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
  • "The interior is more contemporary looking, still quiet, and its materials and colors are attractive." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "And the interior materials are softest in the most important places, such the center console where our right elbow always rests on a long trip." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

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Seating

The five-seat 2014 Nissan Altima comes standard with a tilt and telescoping steering column and Nissan’s “zero-gravity” seats, which use NASA technology to reduce the load on the spine and muscles. Optional features include a power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, leather seats, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

The automotive press praises Nissan’s NASA-inspired bucket seats, saying they are very comfortable and supportive. The back seat offers a good amount of legroom, they say, but headroom is tight.

  • "While normal-sized adults will be comfortable in back as well, rear headroom is at a premium compared to other sedans in this class, and rear legroom is only average." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "MT's resident tall guy, Zach Gale (just over 6 foot 4), approves of the rear legroom with the driver's seat in his normal position, but is less enthusiastic about rear headroom." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Nissan Altima sedan comes standard with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, keyless entry, push-button start and an LCD screen in the instrument cluster that displays text messages when paired with a compatible smartphone. A USB port, satellite radio and hands-free text messaging are available on higher trims. Additional options include NissanConnect, which links smartphone apps like Facebook to a 5-inch display, a navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a rearview camera and a moonroof. Available safety features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection.

Reviewers say that the Altima comes with a good amount of standard features and that its controls are easy to use. They especially like the navigation system, saying it responds quickly and features modern graphics. They also say the standard instrument display screen is useful and straightforward.

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  • "The gauge cluster is attractive, with a large, highly readable speedometer and tachometer on either side of the crisp-looking information screen. The newly available NissanConnect Apps system supports a handful of apps, such as Facebook and Pandora, with many more ownership-related apps projected to join the team at some point. If specified, the navigation system satisfies with its attractive graphics and straightforward user interface." -- Edmunds
  • "Nissan has done a masterful job making complex audio and navigation systems easy to operate and understand - something both old and young will appreciate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 Altima has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for a midsize sedan. One reviewer appreciates the amount of room in the center console, as well as the pass-through that’s available with the sport package.

  • "Practical touches abound, such as a wide pass-through to the trunk and a large center console offering lots of storage." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
Review Last Updated: 7/15/14

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