Materials, 2nd Place – 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe
It’s a given that automakers can’t make everyone happy. In the case of our Altima Coupe, one editor applauded the bounty of soft-touch surfaces, while another compared them to “the recycled tire material used to pad the base of jungle gyms on preschool playgrounds.” The woven headliner failed to sway the negative vote, and it was left to build quality to determine the Altima’s materials ranking. That’s where the Nissan fell short as it sported wide gaps around the hood, inconsistent gaps around the doors, a misaligned trunk lid and loose interior door panels. The Accord has some issues, too, but they were far fewer in number and significance.