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Pros: Nissan does a nice job of holding its ground in the hotly contested North American midsize sedan market segment. Build quality and soundproofing are both strengths of this car, which also pleases with two competent engines, a smooth ride, numerous safety features, as well as superior fuel economy and reliability.

Cons: While engine selection is interesting, you can't say the same about transmissions. No manual or conventional automatic are available; only a CVT appears on the spec sheet, so that doesn't bode well for driving excitement, especially since handling is not as sharp as the previous generation. Also, other than uniquely shaped headlights and taillights, the Altima's styling is rather bland.

Nissan Altima

2014 Nissan Altima Price:
There are five trim levels to choose from:
  • 2.5 at $25,373;
  • 2.5 S at $26,573;
  • 2.5 SV at $27,873;
  • 2.5 SL at $30,573;
  • 3.5 SL at $34,673.
*Freight and delivery charges are included.

2014 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy: The official ratings for the 4-cylinder Altima are 5.1L/100km on the highway and 7.5L/100km in the city. The V6-powered Altima increases those numbers to 6.2 and 9.4L/100km, respectively.

Improvements and Changes: Nothing major beyond the elimination of the Altima coupe. The 4-cylinder engine gains a variable induction system, and NissanConnect Apps are now available.

2014 Nissan Altima Powertrain: There are two engines on the menu, each one targeting a different type of driver. First, the 2.5L 4-cylinder produces 182 horsepower -- a great choice for those after fuel economy. On the other hand, you have a 3.5L V6 rated at 270 horsepower. Believe it or not, Nissan's Xtronic CVT is the only transmission available, here.

2014 Nissan Altima
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Cargo Capacity: The trunk in the Altima can fit up to 436 litres of cargo, which is about average for a midsize sedan.

Safety: The 2014 Nissan Altima comes with six airbags, ABS, brake assist, as well as stability and traction control. Blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems can be had with SV and SL models to boost safety.

Comparing the 2014 Nissan Altima: The midsize segment is by far one of the most competitive and also includes the Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat.