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#14

in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $31,290 - $34,380
Invoice: $28,988 - $31,845
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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Nissan Maxima Review

The 2014 Nissan Maxima ranks 14 out of 22 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Maxima, as well as reliability and safety data.

While test drivers like the 2014 Nissan Maxima’s powerful engine and upscale cabin, they think it’s expensive for a car from a non-luxury brand.

The Maxima comes with a V6 engine that reviewers agree feels very powerful. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard, and reviewers think it diminishes what would otherwise be a pretty sporty driving experience. The EPA reports that the 2014 Maxima gets 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is below average for a V6-powered upscale midsize car. Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 Maxima has a comfortable ride, responsive steering and nimble handling, particularly for a front-wheel drive car

Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 Maxima’s interior has high-quality materials and an upscale design. They write that the front seats are roomy, comfortable and supportive, though some say the rear seats could be more spacious. Test drivers think the Nissan Maxima’s tech features are user-friendly, especially the optional navigation system. Standard features include push-button start, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an eight-speaker stereo. Options include leather seats, heated front seats, upgraded rear bucket seats, a backup camera, a dual panel moonroof, navigation, a Bose stereo system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port and satellite radio.

  • "The Maxima's blend of build quality, visual appeal, interior refinement and driving prowess makes it one of the most balanced sedan offerings for its price. The Maxima is not a status symbol, but in these difficult economic times that might be a good thing." -- AutoTrader
  • "If you're a true driving enthusiast, the Maxima's front-wheel drive layout and CVT automatic transmission probably won't sway you." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2014 Nissan Maxima may lack luxury-brand cachet, but even with workaday Nissan badges, this midsize sedan remains appealing for its long list of luxury features and engaging driving dynamics." -- Edmunds
  • "Adding expensive option packages escalates the sticker price to the point where a comparable investment will get you the Infiniti, which offers superior interior materials, warranty coverage, and customer service. It's also more entertaining to drive." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Other Cars to Consider

While the Acura TL has a higher starting price than the Maxima, it comes with more standard features, including leather upholstery, heated front seats and a moonroof. Reviewers say the TL has an attractive, high-quality interior and spacious front and rear seats.

Automotive journalists write that the Audi A4 has an upscale interior, sporty handling and a comfortable ride. While the A4 has a higher starting price than the Maxima, it also comes with more standard features.

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Details: 2014 Nissan Maxima

The 2014 Nissan Maxima seats five and has front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard. The 2014 Maxima comes in four trims: S, SV, SV with Sport package and SV with Premium package. The Nissan Maxima’s last full redesign was in the 2009 model year. A new Limited Edition package, which features interior and exterior styling accents, is the only notable change for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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