3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Nissan Altima

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25 City / 35 Highway
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The Altima is a strong competitor in the competitive midsize sedan market. It’s also Nissan’s top U.S. seller, and ever-rising sales make it a genuine threat to the Toyota Camry as the country's bestselling passenger car.

What's New for 2014

Connected services, smart phone integration, new seating materials, and additions to package options.

The Nissan Altima coupe has been discontinued for 2014.

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Choosing Your Nissan Altima

The key choices in a new Altima are trim level and engine choice. Nissan offers two engines. The 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder that produces 182 horsepower and earns a fuel economy rating of 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. The 3.5-liter engine produces 270 horsepower and returns 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

While equipment levels are largely similar between 2.5 and 3.5 models—as they work their way up from S to SL and SV—the six-cylinder cars tend to have a few extra amenities that are optional on four-cylinder cars.

2.5

A base model that doesn't have a 3.5 equivalent, the $22,110 2.5 still offers a nice list of standard equipment including a continuously variable transmission (CVT), remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted cruise control switches and a 12-volt power outlet.

2.5 S

A barely perceptible jump in price--$520—adds features like six audio speakers, standard Bluetooth and optional hands-free text messaging, a 5-inch audio display and a rearview monitor.

2.5 SV

At $24,280, the Altima gets 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, satellite radio, hands-free text messaging, rear heating and cooling vents, and NissanConnect. Options include navigation, apps smartphone integration, SiriusXM Travel Link, a color display, lane departure warning and blind spot warning.

2.5 SL

Another jump in price—now to $27,860—brings LED taillights, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a Bose sound system, compass, universal transceiver, and dual power side-view mirrors are standard. A telematics system is optional, as is a moonroof.

3.5 S

The extra cost of the $26,260 3.5 S goes mainly to its bigger engine and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

3.5 SV

For $28,460, buyers get standard equipment like a moonroof and a leather-wrapped steering wheel; there's an optional telematics system.

3.5 SL

The top-of-the-line $30,760 Altima features leather seats, a Bose audio system with nine speakers, and a heated steering wheel. The telematics system is still optional, even at this level.

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Choose your Nissan Altima >>

CarsDirect Tip

The quiet cabin, lower price point and fresh-faced looks deserve the attention of would-be Camry and Accord shoppers. Bargain shoppers should skip the 2.5 and go straight for the 2.5 S. our choice is the 2.5 SL—a good value for a well-equipped midsize sedan with excellent fuel economy, and still fairly quick.

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