Handsome styling; cushy seats; innovative CVT technology; easy to use and affordable navigation radio
Vague power steering; engine-induced torque steer; tight rear-seat headroom
The 2014 Nissan Altima is fitted with NissanConnect Apps, an infotainment upgrade that allows apps-driven content from an iPhone or Android smartphone. Once paired, owners will be able to connect with such popular apps as Facebook, iHeartRadio, Pandora (Android only) and Online Search powered by Google (requires navigation). Hands-free text messaging is also included.
Loading the Altima with options quickly runs the price of the V6 version into the low $30,000s, which should scare away family drivers. At that price, Nissan's own Maxima might be the better choice. The responsible family shopper can choose the 2.5 SV trim level for $25,000 and get goodies such as remote start, Pandora radio integration and hands-free text reading with 17-in aluminum wheels and a backup camera, all in a car rated at 38 mpg on the highway.
The 2014 Nissan Altima comes in four trims with two engine choices. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder cars come in base, S, SV and SL, while the V6 powered 3.5-liter comes in S, SV and SL.
The base 2.5 ($22,670) includes 16-inch steel wheels with covers, 6-way manual drivers seat, power windows, locks and mirrors, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, Nissan Intelligent Key keyless entry and push-button start, remote trunk and front window control via key fob, Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls.
The 2.5 S ($23,190) adds a 6-way power driver's seat, cruise control and a 6-speaker audio upgrade.
The 2.5 SV ($24,990) brings 16-in alloy wheels, 9-speaker Bose audio with color display, USB and iPod integration, SiriusXM satellite radio, text message assistant, NissanConnect Apps, rearview monitor, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat heat/cooling vents and remote start.
The 2.5 SL ($28,570) includes a heated steering wheel, fog lights, integrated mirror turn signals, leather seating, LED taillights, 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar, heated front seats, heated folding side mirrors and auto up/down front passenger window.
The 3.5 S ($26,970) has much of the 2.5 S equipment plus the V6 engine and 18-in wheels.
The 3.5 SV ($29,170) is similarly equipped as the 2.5 SV and adds V6, a power moonroof and 18-in wheels.
The 3.5 SL ($31,470) adds a power moonroof over the 2.5 SL.
There are six option packages, varying by trim. More notable is the Convenience Package on the 2.5 SV, which adds a power moonroof, rear A/C vents, fog lamps, integrated side mirror turn signals, HomeLink and more. The Technology Package (SV and SL) adds navigation radio with 7-in screen, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Obstacle Detection, Lane Departure and Online Search powered by Google.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
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