2011 Nissan Altima Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
The interior of the 2011 Nissan Altima is positively functional and not at all gimmicky, with neat, attractive styling, plus good passenger space all around—though the back seat could prove tight for taller adults.

Coupes give up several inches of useful cabin space and are quite a bit tighter in back, with headroom scarce. Trunk space is plentiful, too, with fold-forward seats (on all but the Hybrid model) to accommodate larger items (though they don't fold flat), and the glovebox is huge. The instrument panel in either model has the intimate look and feel of a sports coupe without seeming tight, and controls are close at hand.

Our only lingering complaint is that the tactility of the controls leaves something to be desired, as does the plethora of hard, drab plastics. Ride quality tends to be good, though a bit on the firm side, in any of the sedan models; the Coupe's shorter wheelbase can make the ride slightly more pitchy, however. Road noise is a little more noticeable in Coupes and V-6 models, both of which have lower-profile tires.

Back-seat space is far from class-leading in the Altima, but the interior is comfortable and straightforward overall.

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