Revamped and updated in 2013, the 2014 Nissan Altima features fresh styling, a revised CVT transmission and enhanced handling. What’s new are added features that are in-line with the larger Maxima’s sense of style, like updated and refined driving dynamics, an energetic engine and notable fuel economy. The 2014 model can be compared to the Honda Accord LX , but ultimately comes out ahead with more pros than cons.
With a leg-up on rival midsize sedans like the 2014 Honda Accord, it remains among the roomiest family friendly sedans with a fuel-efficient advantage.
Altima features excellent acceleration and fuel economy from both engines, providing strong handling and smooth ride. The interior feels luxurious with comfortable front seats and user-friendly electronics. With safety key, The 2014 Nissan Altima received a 5 star top crash test score, placing it on top.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Nissan Altima comes in seven trim levels. The standard 2.5 comes with 16-inch steel wheels, keyless ignition/entry, a height adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and the introduction of Nissan Connect Apps.
The 2014 Accord returns with four trims the LX, LX-S, Sport and EX, reflecting a redesigned exterior that is more rounded – and more pleasing, and LED exterior lighting.
The 2014 Nissan Altima holds its impressive standing of a family friendly vehicle that handles flawlessly. Its upscale features stand out when on a test drive along with its continuously variable transmission (CVT), giving the Altima excellent fuel economy (38 mpg for highway) and seamless acceleration.
The Accord also returns with mostly the same updates from their 2013 redesign, including the new CVT transmission and the V-6, which reportedly rides too tame. Falling just short of the Altima the Accord averages 36 mpg highway, and would prove more competitive with the addition of amenities found in the Nissan Altima.
The Altima received a perfect five stars in government crash tests for overall frontal and side crash protection.
The Nissan Altima is a smooth and comfortable sedan, offering solid steering and excellent handling that delivers a quiet ride. It’s the perfect combination of agile responses and long-distance tranquility.