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2014 Nissan Altima Overview
Those looking for a comfy, value-oriented 5-passenger midsize sedan won’t be disappointed with the 2014 Nissan Altima. Those looking for the 2-door version, however, will be a bit miffed, since the Japanese automaker has decided to discontinue the Altima Coupe this year. Although now without its complementary 2-door brethren, this agile 4-door family auto does offer NissanConnect smartphone apps new for this year, while a couple of options packages also make their debut.
Once again Nissan’s nifty sedan gets delivered in a choice of 7 trims, the base 4-cylinder-toting 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL as well as the V6-packing 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and flagship 3.5 SL. All trims are delivered in front-wheel drive (FWD) only, but from there, they naturally diverge into various progressions of power and bling.
As is implied, 2.5 trims carry a 182-hp, 2.5-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant back and forth to work and play. Mated with the standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), this peppy 4-banger throws down 180 lb-ft of torque at an impressive EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/38 highway.
In keeping with Nissan’s power-notched monikers, the Altima 3.5 trim levels boast a VVT-toting 3.5-liter V6 engine, again with the CVT, that puts out 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque at an estimated 22/31 on regular unleaded.
Equipment-wise, the base Altima 2.5 carries 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, full power accessories, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning and a single-CD player with 4 speakers, while the 2.5 S boasts a power driver’s seat, cruise control and 6 stereo speakers.
The 2.5 SV sports 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the 2.5 SL throws in full leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a premium 9-speaker Bose audio system.
The V6-toting Altima 3.5 S deletes the leather upholstery and premium stereo, but adds 18-inch alloy wheels and NissanConnect infotainment with satellite radio, while the 3.5 SV tosses in a remote garage door opener, a rear-view camera and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors.
Finally, the top-shelf Altima 3.5 SL totes LED taillights along with all the other stuff offered in its I4-toting 2.5 SL brethren.
Options for lower Altima trims include many items that come standard in higher level variants, while the SV and SL trim levels can be delivered with the available Technology Package offering a hard-drive-based navigation suite with 7-inch color display, satellite radio, blind-spot warning and lane-departure alerts. The new-for-2014 Sport Value Package, meantime, offers 16-inch alloy wheels, a trunk-lid spoiler and remote engine start to the 2.5 S. Meantime, the brand new Display Audio Package sports a 5-inch infotainment display and smartphone-interfaced NissanApps; it comes standard in the higher 3.5 trims and is also available as an optional package in lower trims.
Standard safety equipment of note aboard the Altima’s 2014 lineup includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front head restraint whiplash protection, and front and rear head airbags. A remote antitheft alarm is standard across the trim spectrum, with the 3.5 SV and both SL trims flaunting standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors.
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My Altima 2014s The Heater Takes A Good 30 To 40 Minutes To Get Heat Is Tha...
When I bought the car it had 3 miles on it. It has been a very cold winter but I still should have heat faster than 30 to 40 minutes.