2014 Nissan Maxima Review


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2014 Nissan Maxima Overview

When the thought of shameless self-promotion via driving around in an Infiniti is just too not-PC, the 2014 Nissan Maxima might be a more socially acceptable alternative. This semi-luxury-oriented 5-passenger midsize sedan totes a slew of high-end goodies, V6 power and a stately profile, but even without the allure of its posh Infiniti cousins, this family-slanted 4-door also totes a hefty MSRP. In any case, this classy commuter car is again available in 2 trims, the base Maxima S and the up-featured Maxima SV, with both offered in front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) configuration.

Rumors are flying that the Maxima is to be re-issued in 2015 with a whole new look, not to mention a bunch of performance and creature-comfort tweaks. Therefore, the only changes notable in the 2014 edition are a new available S Limited Edition Package and some added standard goodies in the top-shelf SV.

Though touted as a sport sedan by the folks at Nissan, the Maxima is, at heart, a feature-laden, comfortable, well-tuned and fairly agile down-home automobile that looks good in the driveway or on the highway. Trunk capacity, however, remains 14.2 cubic feet, just a bit less than is usual in most other midsize 4-door cars.

Powering the 2014 Maxima is the traditional variable-valve-timed (VVT) 3.5-liter V6 engine that again mates with a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) to toss out 290 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. Look for mileage estimates of 19 mpg city/26 highway in this FWD 4-door, burning recommended premium gasoline.

The base Maxima S boasts 18-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof aboard its distinctive profile, with cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, simulated alloy accents and full power accessories adorning the cabin. Cruise control is again standard, as are telescoping tilt-wheel steering, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth hands-free communications and a 6-CD changer with 8 speakers.

The upscale Maxima SV, meantime, adds leather upholstery and a remote garage door opener, along with a rear-view camera and a 7-inch dashboard display (both newly standard in 2014) to handle the video monitor, satellite radio and USB port that bolster the already impressive audio system.

Reviewers are a bit disappointed that most options available to this well-wrought sedan can only be had in pricy packaged form. The Premium Package… or the SV Premium Package as Nissan calls it… includes a dual-panel sunroof, upgraded wood cabin accents, 9 premium Bose speakers, heated front seats and outside mirrors, and unique mood lighting inside. The Tech Package, again, only available to the top-shelf SV, boasts a hard-drive-based navigation system, NavTraffic and music streaming, while the SV with Sport Package flaunts a number of items from the Premium Package, as well as a sport-tuned suspension, rear spoiler and upgraded alloy wheels. Finally, the new-for-2014 S Limited Edition Package features 19-inch upgraded wheels, xenon high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights, front fog/driving lights, and an updated grille and exterior chrome.

Safety-wise, look for the 2014 Maxima lineup to again boast 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. A remote antitheft alarm is standard for both Maxima trims, while the flagship SV comes delivered with front fog/driving lights and turn-signal-integrated mirrors, both optional in the entry-level S trim.


Have Laptop. Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.

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