2014 Nissan Altima | new car review

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 by
2014 Nissan Altima
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2.5 stars
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AEDAED 77,000 - 113,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
  • Performance
    Editor: 55%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The Altima is a large family sedan that has been around since 1993 and is currently in its fifth generation. Facing competition from its arch-enemies, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the doesn’t put up a very tough fight.

Pros

Price
Neat dashboard design

Cons

Exterior design
Quality of interior materials
Both engines are mated to the dreaded CVT transmission

Looks

With arrowheaded head lamps, a protruding grille and tail lights that look like they’ve been stretched out of proportion, the 2014 Nissan Altima doesn’t stand a chance to impress when parked alongside its sleek and stunning rival, the Honda Accord. Along the sides, the chrome outlined window frame and door handles are probably the neatest element, as far as the design is concerned.

2014 Nissan Altima front - 2

Feels

The dashboard looks decent and the centre console is restricted to the middle with two silver beams running along on either side. But what about that fancy wood trim you ask? Well, you’d have to go all the way to the top of the range model for that, and even then I can’t guarantee you’d fool your passengers into thinking it’s a premium car.

2014 Nissan Altima interior - 2

Engineering

In terms of safety features, the 2014 Nissan Altima is equipped with 6 standard airbags, a blind spot monitoring system, lane departure warning and a rear view camera to aid while parking. Impressive for sure, but not exactly on par with the Honda Accord that packs in all of the above, plus a camera in the side mirror to give you a real time pictorial update of what is in your blind spot.

What’s on offer?

The 2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine, channels 182 horsepower and 244 Nm of torque to the front wheels through a CVT transmission. On the other hand, the 3.5 litre produces a little more bite with 270 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque. Unfortunately, the power is still sent to the road via the dreaded CVT tranny.

2014 Nissan Altima interior

Summing it…

The basic 2.5 litre 2014 Nissan Altima starts at AED 77,000 and increases gradually right up to AED 113,000 for the top of the line 3.5 litre V6 variant with a 9 speaker Bose sound system and navigation system. Though the Honda Accord is AED 12,000 more than the Altima, the price just seems more justified.

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