The mid-size sedan segment is the most intense segment of the industry and is very challenging for automakers to stand out among toughest rivals. The Toyota Camry and Honda accord are assumed as the leaders of the segment and so if any other automaker plans to step in this segment they have to come up with something brilliant. With 2014 Nissan Altima, the Japanese company just done that.
2014 Nissan Altima Sedan comes in seven trim levels: 2.5, 2.5 S, 3.5 S, 2.5 SV, 3.5 SV, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL. The numbers in trim levels representing the size of Powertrain.
New for 2014
Recent changes in the Altima 2014 models lineup made by Nissan include NissanConnect, new Seat upholstery, Chrome Exhaust tips, Smartphone integration platform and lots of new features and options.
One of the most recommended family sedan, 2014 Nissan Altima has a really appealing exterior. Nissan worked hard to increase its appeal and styling and so the car now gets a premium look representing a flowing and organic body language similar to many Infiniti models.
Inside the new model of Nissan Altima, the Japanese automaker packed loads of features for the high level of satisfaction, comfort and convenience. The cabin now packs “Zero gravity” seats providing more support to the occupants and reduces loads on muscles and spine. Standard features include keyless entry, height adjustable driver seat and an array of other features that differs on different trim levels. Advanced Drive Assist display will be standard for now that features an instrument panel mounted four inch color screen about which Nissan claimed that it will help the driver to keep focus on the road. All Altima models get NissanConnect, a Bluetooth based Smartphone integration that helps the driver to access a number of apps like Pandora Radio, Online Search Powered by Google, Facebook and iHeartRadio.
Power and Performance
Nissan offered two engine choices for the 2014 Altima model lineup: a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 180 lb ft of torque. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph is 7.8 seconds making it one of the quickest mid-size family sedans. The EPA rated fuel economy is 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined.
A 3.5 liter V6 engine generates 270 horsepower and 251 lb ft of torque. The acceleration from zero to 60 mph is 6.2 seconds. EPA rated fuel economy is 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.
CVT is the only transmission that is offered to the lineup of Nissan Altima 2014.
Standard safety features on Altima 2014 include front side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, a rearview camera (except base and S trim), Stability control and traction control. Optional safety features are rear cross trafic alert, Blind Spot monitoring and lane departure warning system.
The key competitors of the Altima 2014 are Mazda Mazda6, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
Pricing and Availability
The 2014 Nissan Altima models come at a price range from $22,010 to $30,000 and the car is available for sale now.
- Smooth and practical ride
- Plenty of room
- Affordable price
- Enhanced equipments like NissanConnect, Drive Assist Display, real world fuel economy
- Improved look and design looking like Infiniti
- Noisy cabin
- Only CVT transmission
- Less sporty handling compared to the previous models
Nissan Altima 2014 is the most demanding and practical family sedan that can accommodate five people with plenty of their gear. This is the best option for those who want to have a new design and impressive cabin room. According to the automotive press, the new Altima has sharp handling that makes it something really astonishing in the family sedan segment.