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in Affordable Midsize Cars

MSRP: $22,170 - $30,820
Invoice: $20,971 - $28,488
MPG: 27 City / 38 Hwy
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Nissan Altima Review

The 2014 Nissan Altima ranks 9 out of 21 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Altima, as well as reliability and safety data.

With athletic handling, abundant power and excellent fuel economy, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a practical family sedan that also provides some kicks behind the wheel, test drivers say.

Reviewers are impressed with the ample power offered by the Altima’s standard four-cylinder engine and say the optional six-cylinder engine has even more juice. All models come with a continuously variable transmission that reviewers say is responsive and operates smoothly. However, they note that the powertrain can be loud, especially with the four-cylinder engine. The Altima gets an EPA-estimated 27/38 mpg city/highway with the base engine, which is great for the class. The automotive press says that sharp handling makes the Altima a standout among family sedans, most of which are a snooze to drive.

Critics agree that the 2014 Altima has an upscale cabin design, and that its plush materials and special “zero-gravity” front bucket seats make for a comfortable ride. The rear seats offer plenty of legroom, test drivers note, though headroom is lacking. The Altima comes standard with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, keyless entry and push-button start. Optional features include NissanConnect, which links with smartphone apps like Facebook, a 7-inch navigation touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a rearview camera and a moonroof. Available safety features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "Nissan engineers benchmarked such premium sedans as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series when designing the Altima and the results speak for themselves." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With the 2013 Altima's redesign, Nissan stays true to the car's sporty identity and adds to its appeal with impressive EPA-estimated gas mileage and available high-tech features." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The new Altima remains one of the most engaging family sedans, and now its fuel economy approaches 40 mpg on the highway. At that level, Nissan should have no problem attracting the most frugal family-sedan buyers. If you can get hybrid fuel economy without the cost of the battery packs and electric motors, why pay for them?" -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers say the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 offers dynamic handling and a spacious cabin. It gets good fuel economy, too. Plus, a rearview camera comes standard on models with the automatic transmission.

The 2014 Toyota Camry offers the same amount of cargo space as the Nissan Altima and comes standard with an impressive 10 air bags. In addition, test drivers say the Camry offers one of the most comfortable rides in the class.

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Details: 2014 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima sedan seats five and has front-wheel drive. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine are standard, and a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine is optional. The Altima is available in seven trims, ranging from the base 2.5S to the top 3.5SL. The Altima was completely redesigned in 2013, and hasn’t changed much for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2013 and 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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