Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Nissan Altima

Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Nissan AltimaThis was an easy one.  The Nissan Altima can work with almost any mount.  This might be the easiest vehicle of them all to mount a smartphone or GPS.  A tablet is a little trickier due to the size of the car.  Not a lot that will not work in this car but there are a few locations that will work better than others.

Our usual photo of the interior accompanies this article.  It’s a very conventional design.  Not a lot of unexpected curves or lips.  Even the seat bolt is exposed.  Normally, I go on to say which mounts won’t work.  In this article, I’m simply going to say which mounts will work best as there aren’t any locations that will not work.

The most popular location for mounting a cell phone or GPS continues to be the windshield so we will start there.  The Nissan Altima windshield isn’t severely sloped and is in easy reach of the driver.

The Arkon Ultra Slim Grip Suction Mount is one of our favorite windshield suction cup mounts.  This mount has an expandable cradle that expands to almost 7 inches when using the longest set of legs.  That’s more than large enough for just about any smartphone with or without a case or skin.  The phone will be held from the top and bottom.  The mount comes with an adhesive dash plate so that you can attach to the mount to your dash as well as your windshield.  The phone can rotate 360 degrees into portrait or landscape.

This suction cup mount opens wide enough to fit small tablets.  It’s important to be sure that your view isn’t compromised.  The windshield isn’t our favorite place to mount a tablet in a Nissan Altima but if you can find the right spot, the cradle will fit fine.

The same mount but for a Garmin GPS is the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount.  This has been recommended many times.  It’s a solid mount that we have personal experience with.  The manufacturer provides a 2-year warranty.  It’s more rugged and longer than the Garmin mount you received in the box.

Always ensure that mounting a device on your windshield is legal in your state.  Some of the following alternative solutions might work best for states where mounting to a windshield is illegal.

The Nissan Altima vents have horizontal slats and that makes mounting a phone or GPS very easy.  We like the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount.  The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin.  The ball and socket design facilitates a 360 degree rotation.  The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.

The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS.  All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back.  Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball.  Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.

They still put a CD Player in the Nissan Altima.  You probably won’t use it for a CD so might as well put it to some use.  Turns out the CD player is in a good position for mounting a phone or GPS.  Close to eye level.  It will make seeing the center console display a little difficult and you will need to work your way around it to hit some buttons.  It’s probably not the best place to put the phone or GPS but it’s a matter of preference.

The Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones uses a knob on the bottom to secure the mount within the CD player.  That’s the one in the photo that accompanies this article.  I prefer this mount to others in this category as it will permit a more custom and secure fitting.  You don’t want the mount to rattle around inside the player.  The cradle opens to 3.4 inches which is wide enough for most phones and many GPS devices.  The mount has a 17mm ball so you can remove the cradle and just use it for a Garmin GPS.

The car seat bolt is fully exposed on Nissan Altima.  The passenger seat bolt closest to the driver is the best place to mount a tablet.  Consider the Arkon Car Seat Bolt Floor Mount for Tablets.  The mount has a hook on the bottom that fits under the seat bolt.  Installation is easy and takes five minutes.  Be sure to use a wrench or pliers when installing these.  Don’t hand tighten the bolt.  Use the wrench or pliers because it needs to be completely tight to ensure the weight of the tablet doesn’t compromise the mount.  The mount itself is made of metal and is flexible so when your tablet isn’t in the mount, it can be bent out of the way so a passenger can sit without a problem.

While it’s possible to use the cup holder as a mounting location on the Nissan Altima, we don’t recommend it.  The center console is on the compact side and the gear shift is going to bump into a mounted device.

Thanks to the Nissan Altima designers for making a car that’s easy to mount stuff.  This was an easy article to write.