2014 Nissan Altima: What's Changed

NissanAltima
  • Most significant changes: New technology, sport and audio option packages, as well as available interior and exterior upgrades; coupe axed
  • Price change: +$100
  • On sale: Early August
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Stick with the 2013. We're content with the 2013 model's technology suite and doubt most buyers will choose navigation anyway.

A redesigned, fifth-generation Nissan Altima debuted for the 2013 model year; the sedan returns for 2014 with a host of new packages, options and interior and tech upgrades. The Altima will come in 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL trim levels. Powertrains carryover with a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an EPA-estimated 27/38 mpg city/highway on the 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL, while 3.5 models get a 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, good for 22/31 mpg; all models are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Among the new option packages is the Technology Package, which replaces the 2013's Navigation Package on the 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV and includes the NissanConnect multimedia system. The new Sport Value Package, available on the 2.5 S, comes with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, remote start and trunk lid spoiler. The new Display Audio Package, which will be available on the 2.5 S and 3.5 S, includes a 5.0-inch color display, backup camera, USB port, satellite radio (standard on the 3.5 S and requiring a subscription) and NissanConnect.

Exterior upgrades include available 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; the new Gun Metallic paint, which replaces Metallic Slate among Altima’s eight color offerings; and chrome exhaust finishers on the 2.5 trim. On the tech front, improved navigation capabilities include smartphone integration for iPhone and Android, weather info, revised button labels and SiriusXM Travel Link, which now offers fuel prices, movie times, stock updates and sports scores. Inside, driver and front-passenger visor illumination and extensions — previously part of the Convenience Package — are now standard on the 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 3.5 S trims, while rear-passenger air-conditioning vents (previously standard on SV trims) have been added to the Convenience Package.

The 2014 Nissan Altima sedan starts at $22,650, an increase of $100 over the 2013's base price. The sedan is on sale now; the coupe has been discontinued for 2014.

Editor's note: This post was updated on Aug. 7 to add pricing information.

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Comments 

Tony

"Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Stick with the 2013"

Never stick with previous year model, especially if this is first year of that model. Because there are production glitches that being worked out and equipment that being calibrated better. Basically, new model comes with better production process than first year. Therefore, you likely to get better assembled, more reliable car. Enjoy

RETUSAF

I'am picking up a 2013 Altima in about 60 days. Why pay 2014 prices for a 2013. So they updated add ons, this is the same car, but they are charging you more for it. The Hybrid sounds interesting but i'll wait a few years until they work the bugs out.

Isn't there also a V-8 Version? I think I've read this anywhere but I'm not sure at the moment.

Tony

Yes, there is. It is sold at your local ACME or Shop Rite

What a beauty. The youtube video especially shows how gorgeous the car is!! Take a look!

dotty

Idk know but they have better fix that back up camera in the new 2014.i drive a 2008 nissan altima and the back up camera is crystal clear nissan reps know exactly what iam talking about i was going to trade my old one in for the new model but when I saw how extremly blurry the back up camera was I said hell no!!!!!what makes matters worse when i went to the dealership the sales person was still trying to get me to trade in my car even when i told him how very dissatisfied i was with the back up camera

Sarav

With the 2013 year end clearance sale heading, there are good deals for 2013 models, however I am confused between choosing 2013 vs 2014 Altima. Would it be worth to spend about 2000 bucks extra on the new 2014 Altmia, or stick around with 2013 Altima and save cash? I live in Chicago.

On the contrary side, I liked the 2013 Sentra SV, just about everything I was looking for but I'm just over 6 foot tall and haven't personally test drove to check out the comfort. Ill mostly have city miles and some weekend long drives.

Tony

I just got a 2013 2.5 SL today. I love it.

Marilyn

Does anyone know if they changed the steering motor or found a way to get rid of the whine in the steering column? I have a 2013 just bought. There is a terrible whine from the steering that they say is in all Altimas.... Comments?

Kevin

I just got the 2014 S 2 days ago and love it. I drove the 2013 and then the 2014 and the 2014 is so much better and I got it for $400 less then the 2013 just have to know how to talk and make them think you will go some were eles and will give you a deal, they will make money no matter what but how much is up to you.

Jeff

How could the 2014 be "so much better" if it is the same care with minor technology upgrades?? I have a '13 SL and it is an awesome car. I would save the $$$. All that about better production and calibration...if that wasn't all done prior Nissan would have some major issues.

Jose

I understand there is hardly any differences between 2013 vs 2014. I chose the 2014 because of the Xenon headlights and the rear leds.Both are same except for that option, and the Tech package has been improve. I chose the 3.5 SL a few more bucks but that is to be expected.

joseph

I just traded my 2013 altima 2.5SL for a 2014 altima SL. The 2014 seems to have a better calibration on the transmission. Its much better actually unless my 2013 was broken from the start. 2014 is much eager to keep the engine from droning in my opinion. Also its much smoother to quick inputs in rpm change and quickness. Also I can see a radar map that shows precipitation on the 2014. Didn't c that on my 2013 unless I didnt notice it. The aux is also located right next to the usb now below the climate controls. The 2014 nav seems to lag compared to the 2013 though. Volume lags amd other functions compared to 2013 but not so bad. Its noticeable though. I'm just pleased with the way the cvt works compared to the 2013. I didn't see where they changed the calibration but they must have based on feel.

courtney ballard

I have always drove Nissan cars traded in my 2008 altima for the 2013 Altima sv and that car was a ripe lemon it had problems after problems had to put a new transmission in it after 8 months of having it so I traded it in for 2014 Altima I can say big improvement Nissan it drives better then 2013 feels better and the technology package on the 2.5 s is the bomb I strongly suggest the 2014 Altima verse the 2013 and its cheaper as well

Mike

No they have not fixed the whistle noise from the electric power steering unit in the 2014 model.

Mike

Nope they have not fixed the wistle noise in the 2014 model.

Dawn Y

I have the 2013 Altima 2.5 SL
This car rocks
I have almost 40k miles
sometimes get 41 mpg
love love love this car
I came from a BMW and love it as much, if not
more
I also had a 2011 Ford Focus
which I got rid of fast
CVT
rocks smooth drive
the focus lost gas mileage when I added groceries or a passenger, the Altima does not
I wont get rid of this car until it ditches me
and until this car i changed cars every 3 years or less
have no reason to upgrade
the SL is the way to go!!!

Tom

I just got the 2014 S days ago and I think other than the driver comfort it is ok. The team that designed the driver seat should be fired, as the seat is the MOST uncomfortable seat of all new cars I have had, over 12 in the last 35 years. Look elsewhere and NOT at the 2014 Altima. Other wise it would be a sure contender for a great car!

Cindy

I bought a Altima 2.5 S one week ago. However, I noticed that the back shown "Altima S" instead "Altima 2.5 S" like other in the trim. I checked base price $22,380 which is $250 lower than "2.5 S" price $22,630. Does anyone know if there is any difference between "2.5 S" vs "S"?

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