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Nissan Altima, Sedan
Aug 21, 2002 (5:37 am)
I would have to rate the interior a 6. The layout is nice, but the shiny dashboard top is just a little too much. I saw one SE model with leather and fake wood. The fake wood in my friend's 1994 Mercury Cougar looks better than the Altima's, and that's saying something! I hear 2003 models will have improved interior trimmings, I surely hope so. That is about the only thing I see holding this car back a little.
Also, I sat in a later built 2002 model. The interior seemed a little nicer? Did Nissan change some materials mid-year or something?
Aug 21, 2002 (6:12 am)
Yes, Nissan changed some of the interior materials over the course of the year. The armrest, cupholder lid, and wood trim all changed for the better from what I've heard. I also heard that the fake wood trim (which I agree was awful) was changed to a darker color that looked better. Not sure about any other changes.
Aug 21, 2002 (6:44 am)
This was a 2002 S model, and the dash top didn't look as shiny as in the SE model I sat in back in November of 2001 in the showroom.
#3682 of 4962 Navigation System?
Aug 21, 2002 (8:37 am)
Does Altima come with Navigation? If so, what is the price range?
I am in the market for a family sedan now.. After researching, my final lists are 2003 Altima 3.5SE, 2003 Accord EX V6 with Navi and 2003 Passat GLX.
Passat is a great car and has everything I wanted, but I saw someone is getting 13-15 MPG and if after broke in they expect around 15-18 the max.. That is not acceptable (my v8 explorer gives 16MPG)
Accord should be a good take.. only thing is it toooo simple exterior.
Altima is good looking.. I might lean towards Altima if they fix the lousy interior and if they offer navi?
#3683 of 4962 Maran...
Aug 21, 2002 (9:10 am)
The Altima and the Passat are not availabe with Navi. If you want that, you have to step up to the Maxima. You might be able to get one of those at a good price too.
Aug 21, 2002 (9:48 am)
If navigation is a must, consider stepping up to the Acura Tl/CL or the Infiniti G35.
Or if you can wait, Mazda's exciting new Mazda 6 midsize car comes out in November - 6 cylinder and 4 cylinder versions. See the discussions related to this car, here on edmunds, and take a look at mazdausa.com!
There are now a number of options in this class.
#3685 of 4962 Navigation....
Aug 21, 2002 (11:08 am)
Why do you want it ? Getting lost often ? Want an espresso machine to go with that ?
#3686 of 4962 The excellent DVD-based Honda Nav System...
Aug 21, 2002 (2:09 pm)
...will be optional on the new Accord EX V6. It would top out at about $28k for MSRP, still thousands less than either a G or TL.
#3687 of 4962 The Navi is available for the EX I4 models as well
Aug 21, 2002 (6:29 pm)
Because I am considering an Accord EX or EXL with 5spd manual and navi system.
Aug 21, 2002 (6:53 pm)
I think the bad commentary about the interior was stimulated by the price of the car with all the goodies. A 2.5s is affordable and the interior was appropriate to that level car. Step up to a 3.5 SE with trimmings and your coming in on $30k and at that level the interior was not up to the competition. (started me down a whole path of $30k for an altima...I could get a maxima for that...but why get a maxima when I could get a 3.2 TL .....)
Just tried to build what I wanted on the nissan site and sadly I can't do it. Playing around with the 2002 set up I couldn't get the cold package without the leather (which was universally panned).
Now it seems that they really want to push the sunroof. It's in all the packages except the base sport. Now you can't get the 6 CD changer without the sunroof and leather. Bah.
This means that when I go to the dealer, all the 3.5's will be hovering around $28k and I won't be able to knock them down to my price.
I hate when manufacturers do that crap. Oh, well. I hope the Mazda boys are more accomodating with the 6.