For a family car that’s agile and provides a tranquil ride at the same time, the 2014 Nissan Altima is the way to go. With this midsize sedan, you don’t have to pay much to ride in an upscale environment that comes with updated features to help you. Fuel economy is also at a premium compared to the competing sedans. You should check out the 2014 Altima.
NEW FOR 2014 ALTIMA
- discontinuation of the Altima coupe
- smartphone integration feature called NissanConnect Apps
- optional Sport Value Package and Display Audio Package
UNDER THE HOOD
The base engine for the 2014 Nissan Altima is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The other engine available is a 3.5-liter V6 that can produce up to 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a continuously variable transmission or CVT which drives the front wheels.
According to the EPA, the 2014 Nissan Altima can manage 27 mpg in city and 38 mpg on highway (31 combined) with the 2.5-liter four and 22/31/25 with the V6. These fuel economy ratings are both outstanding for a midsize sedan and a V6 engine, respectively.
ON THE ROAD
Unlike the base engines in some competing cars, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder on the 2014 Altima has an above-average—and not just adequate—performance. With it, Altima’s acceleration is excellent for daily driving.
But if you want quicker acceleration, know that the available V6 engine can give you that. In fact, the Altima has one of the quickest acceleration in the segment because of it. Fuel economy is, of course, not as great as the 4-cylinder’s but is still acceptable for a V6 engine. The CVT is mainly responsible for the handsome fuel economy ratings the sedan has earned.
In general, the Altima is quick in corners; steering is accurate; and handling is satisfying. Ride comfort is not that impressive, though, because road and wind noises can be heard in the cabin.
INSIDE THE 2014 ALTIMA
For its starting price of just over $22,000, the interior of the Altima is plush. The quality of materials is upscale and the entire look gives you a sense that you paid high for the car. The instrumentation is eye-catching but still readable. The controls are intelligently placed on the center console to make sure the area does not look cluttered.
The front seats are very comfortable; thanks to the knowledge from NASA which Nissan used to improve the support and comfort the Altima’s seats now give. Rear seats are acceptably roomy with ample headroom and average legroom.
The trunk measures 15.4 cubic feet, which is just an average in the class. But the wide opening is noteworthy.
The 2014 Nissan Altima has four trim levels (base, S, SV and SL) which apply to both engines available. Here are the key standard and optional features on the various models of the 2014 Altima:
2.5: 16-inch steel wheels, advanced Driver Assist display, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, push-button ignition, cloth seat trim, Piano Black interior trim, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system, auxiliary audio jack
S: automatic headlights, intelligent key, cruise control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, 6-speaker audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels (on 3.5 S)
SV: 17-inch alloy wheels, NissanConnect Apps, rearview monitor, hands-free text messaging, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 5-inch color display, iPod interface, power sunroof (on 3.5 SV)
SL: fog lights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors with LED turn signals, 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, leather seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, mood lighting, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, wood or metallic interior trim, 9-speaker Bose audio system, xenon headlights (on 3.5 SL)
SPORT VALUE PACKAGE: 16-inch alloy wheels, remote engine start, rear decklid spoiler
DISPLAY AUDIO PACKAGE: audio system with 5-inch color display, rearview mirror, NissanConnect Apps, hands-free text messaging, iPod interface, satellite radio
TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE: navigation system with 7-inch color touchscreen, lane departure warning, blind post warning, moving object detection
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