2014 Nissan Altima

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The 2014 Nissan Altima receives additional packages and options plus new smartphone integration technology that includes Pandora radio and Facebook connectivity. Nissan has also dropped the Altima coupe for 2014, leaving the sedan body style as your only choice. Nevertheless, it remains a top choice among American families.

The 2014 Nissan Altima is offered in seven well-equipped trim levels- 2.5, 2.5S 3.5S, 2.5SV, 3.5SV, 2.5SL and 3.5SL. The 2.5 variants of the Altima Sedan feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission that generates 182 hp and returns an estimated 27 mph city and 38 mpg highway. The 3.5-liter Altima gets a stronger V6 that is good for 270 hp and is also mated to a CVT but fuel economy drops to an estimated 22 mph city and 31 mpg highway.

The base 2.5 includes standard features like push-button start, full power accessories, Bluetooth® and a four speaker sound system with a CD player and four-inch display screen. The 2.5S adds auto on/off headlights, cruise, a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, additional gauge-cluster functions and a six-speaker sound system. 16-inch alloy wheels, a spoiler and a remote starting system are available as part of the Sport Value Package. An audio package can also be added that will get you a rearview camera, satellite radio, a USB port and a 5-inch color touchscreen with smartphone integration technology.

The 3.5S is similar to the 2.5S but gains 18-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters and features from the audio package.

Stepping up to the 2.5SV will get you 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a remote starter system and features from the audio package. The 2.5 SV is eligible for a Convenience Package will tack on a sunroof, fog lights, LED turn signal indicators and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Convenience Package is standard on the 3.5SV.

Opting for the top-of-the-line 2.5SL model will add leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and a premium 9-speaker Bose sound system. A sunroof is optional. The 3.5SL adds xenon headlights, LED taillights and a the sunroof.

A Technology Package is optional on all SV and SL models. It includes features like voice recognition commands, a 7-inch color touch screen display, navigation and additional safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, a lane departure warning system and a blind-spot monitoring system.

Price start at just $22,010 but additional options and packages quickly add up. A fully loaded 2014 Nissan Altima 3.5SL can run you in access of over $34 grand.

2014 Nissan Altima

 Decent fuel economy from 4-cylinder; comfortable seats; available V6 engine; great handling; composed ride

 Not available with a manual transmission; uninspiring CVT transmission; light steering; starts out cheap but gets expensive quick; short on rear headroom

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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