Already highly regarded as a "family sedan" that is actually fun to drive, last year's design update made it both safer and more comfortable as well. And while it may have trimmed back just a bit of its athleticism to do so, this midsize sedan still impresses with its road manners and overall package.
These changes have broadened its appeal thanks to an improved balance between ride quality and responsive handling. And the new NASA-inspired front "space seats" are also super comfortable and are a great addition to the somewhat simplified but more upscale interior ambience.
A new infotainment system along with the introduction of NissanConnect Apps, a smartphone integration platform that includes Pandora and Facebook connectivity, adds plenty of high-tech pizzaz. In addition, the 2.5 S trim has an available Sport Value package and a touchscreen-based Display Audio package, while the Technology package has been made available for both the SV and SL trims.
These are all well-conceived additions that address many of the Altima's previous shortcomings.
Crisp acceleration with either engine
Good fuel economy with either engine
Nice combination of ride quality and handling
Particularly comfortable front seats
Easy-to-use tech features
Improved safety technology
Excellent crash test scores
Solid interior quality
Infiniti-like design lines
Very good infotainment systems
Not as much rear headroom as some rivals
CVT (continuously variable transmission) only
The CVT can be noisy at times with the four-cylinder engine
While upscale, interior a little bland
A bit less sporty on the road than previously
No models offer a power passenger seat
Some models lack things like rear air vents or a satellite radio option
The Altima is Nissan's best-selling sedan and is certainly one of the top choices available in the midsize family sedan segment. With the changes made in recent years, the Altima offers an appealing combination of athletic responsiveness and long-distance comfort with plenty of bells and whistles.
"Process that for a minute: 2,500 revs = 100 mph in a 2.5-liter normally aspirated four-door kinshlepper. This, friends, is impressive."
"Sophisticated driving dynamics, energetic engines and impressive fuel economy give the 2014 Nissan Altima a leg up on rival family sedans. It's an excellent choice in this segment."
"Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT."
From Kelley Blue Book:
"Not only has the automaker maintained the cool look and sports-car-like handling that made the original Altima such a success, they’ve done so while thoroughly modernizing the Altima in ways crucial to younger buyers."
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| 2.5, 2.5L 4-cyl.
| 2.5 S, 2.5L 4-cyl.
| 2.5 SV, 2.5L 4-cyl.
| 3.5 S, 3.5L V6
| 2.5 SL, 2.5L 4-cyl.
| 3.5 SV, 3.5L V6
| 3.5 SL, 3.5L V6
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