2014 Nissan Maxima


Have you ever tried on a Snuggie? I know, it sound ridiculous but driving the 2014 Nissan Maxima feels just like that, kind of like lounging in comfy pajamas all day.  What can I say? I am fairly partial to this one as I have one sitting in my driveway- an older model of course. To me, this is more than a piece of sheet metal, it is my baby and it has all of the bells and whistles.  I always say that each car describes the personality of their owners and well, this one describes me to a T- from my blacked out windows (keeping the mystery of the driver to the shapely lady lumps) all the way to the rear spoiler. The 2014 Nissan Maxima decked out with the Premium Package Maxima has all the attitude and class I could ever ask for and I can’t wait for it to one day reside in my driveway. I would recommend this car to anyone who is looking for a great mid to full-size vehicle.

There has not been a lot of change since 2009 for the Nissan Maxima albeit a few of its optional features becoming standard and some exterior freshening. To me, it doesn’t need a lot of glitz. It’s a great car that is more of a “behind-the-curtain” kind of surprise which is probably another reason why I like this car so much.

The 5 passenger, 4-door 2014 Nissan Maxima comes in two different trims- the S and SV. Asking price starts at around $32 grand and tops out over $40 grand once you are done adding options.  Competitors for the 2014 Nissan Maxima are the Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza, Chrysler 300, Volkswagen CC, and Chevy Impala.

Standard equipment includes a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horses and 261 lbs-ft of torque allowing it to easily sprint from 0-60 mph in as little as 6.2 seconds. All that horsepower takes a toll on gas mileage as it only returns an estimated 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Other standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, LED taillights, push-button start, dual-automatic climate control, an 8-way power-adjustable drivers seat, Bluetooth® and a six-speaker sounds system with an iPod®/USB interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

The SV Trim has all that S trim offers adds LED side mirror-integrated turn signal indicators, HID Xenon headlights, fog lamps, a rearview monitor, a driver’s seat thigh support extension and a digital compass.

2014 Nissan Maxima 

Several packages are available for the 2014 Nissan Maxima including a Technology Package, Premium Package, Sports Package and a Cold Weather Package. Any one of these packages will give you numerous features and they are well worth it if you ask me. Features include steering wheel paddle shifters, a dual moon roof, bucket seats for rear passengers and a fold down interactive console which could be annoying to owners with teenagers in the vehicle fighting over songs, stations and such. A nine-speaker Bose audio system, a heated and cooled driver’s seat, a heated passenger seatand a rear window retractable sunshade are also available. So many wonderful features can be added pending on the needs of the driver and their passengers.

Standard safety features include dual-stage supplemental front airbags, side impact air bags that adjust to your seating position, over head curtain side air bags, head restraints that provide safety against whiplash in the front, a rearview camera, lower anchors for children seats and a  tire pressure monitoring system.

All in all, the 2014 Nissan Maxima is as comfortable as a Snuggie on a cold winter’s day while sitting next to a fireplace. Personally, this is my style and class. Go out and find the Snuggie that describes your personality.

 Classy design, plethora of safety features, roomy interior, lots of features

 Pricey, other than that- nothing

Stashi is an Editor at Driver Pulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and latest news throughout the automotive industry. From the sight of sleek curves to the sound of a roaring engine, old and new, she has a great love for vehicles of all makes and models. What she finds most exciting is that automakers of iconic muscle cars from the past, such as Ford and Chevrolet, are reproducing them for this generation of gearheads. Her dream car, the 1964 or 1966 Ford Mustang, is the ultimate American pony car and paved the way for her love of growling and rumbling engines of old school muscle cars. She spent her whole life in the Midwest and still finds herself playing the same game she once played with her father when she was a young girl. It’s a game her father liked to call “Name that make and model”. This game has become more challenging as the years pass making it a great way to pass the time on long road trips. She believes that automobiles, old and new, are an art form that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

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