2014 Nissan Maxima
As Nissan‘s flagship sedan, the 2014 Nissan Maxima has long held a special position in the fleet. Although not quite Infiniti-like in its luxury offerings, the Nissan Maxima is a cut above the bread-and-butter sedans from Honda and Toyota. Many owners consider the Nissan Maxima to be a performance sedan on par with Audi and BMW sedans, but for far less money. A powerful V6 engine, impressive cornering and braking ability, and a feature-laden interior place the 2014 Nissan Maxima in the same league as the Chrysler 300, Volkswagen CC and Hyundai Azera. However, the Nissan Maxima‘s biggest competition may come from inside Nissan itself. Less expensive than the Nissan Maxima, the new 2014 Nissan Altima offers more interior room, better fuel economy and nearly the same level of performance.
What’s New for 2014
The 2014 Nissan Maxima SV gains a rearview monitor, a USB port and a 7-inch color display. A new S Value Package adds smoked-lens HID headlights, 18-inch Dark Hyper Silver aluminum-alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and fog lights.
The 2014 Nissan Maxima has always been touted as the “4-door sports car,” and for all intents and purposes the 2014 Nissan Maxima delivers on this promise. The Nissan Maxima‘s 290-horsepower V6 engine provides an abundance of power and a lovely low growl that brings a smile to our face every time we hear it. Nissan has done a masterful job with the Maxima’s suspension, tuning it to be responsive in tight turns, yet still compliant over surface streets and highway pavement. If there is one area of contention it can be found nestled between the Nissan Maxima‘s engine and front wheels. Although Nissan‘s CVT automatic is arguably one of the best CVTs in the industry, it just doesn’t work for us in this car. Even with the optional paddle shifters, we yearned for the feel of a manual like the one used in the Nissan 370Z.
From the premium leather seats that are standard on Nissan Maxima SV versions, to its thick steering wheel, the 2014 Nissan Maxima‘s interior seems to scream, “Let’s go driving!” Standard on the higher-trim Nissan Maxima SV model is a sleek infotainment system with a 7-inch color screen and visually appealing buttons and dials that are just as at home in vehicles from Nissan‘s luxury division. For passengers in back, there is adequate but not great headroom and legroom, and the 2014 Nissan Maxima‘s hollowed-out rear seatbacks don’t offer the kind of firm lumbar support found in the front seats. The rear seats fold for expanded cargo room.
Defining the Nissan Maxima‘s styling as “liquid motion,” Nissan incorporates coupe-like design cues into a mid-size sedan body. Look closely and you can see traces of the Nissan 370Z sportscoupe in the 2014 Nissan Maxima, especially in the headlights and taillights. That liquid mantra carries onto the sleek hood and bulging front fenders, and carries aft where the sloping roof meets a sculpted rear end. Seen from the side, the Nissan Maxima appears in motion even when still thanks to an athletic stance. Twin tailpipes further send the message of this car’s potency.
Under The Hood
The standard engine in the 2014 Nissan Maxima is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes an impressive 290 horsepower, more than enough power to make this front-wheel-drive sedan scoot. Its sole transmission is a continuously variable automatic. The recommended fuel for the Nissan Maxima is premium unleaded.
290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
261 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg
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