For some time now, the 2014 Nissan Maxima has been recognized as Nissan’s flagship sedan. Along with the 2014 Nissan Altima, it is certainly one of Nissan’s most luxurious cars. What many people may not know is that because of its 3.5 liter V6 engine with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and four driver-selectable modes, this mid-size sedan has plenty of power and acceleration when proceeding from a complete stop. According to Nissan, “While Maxima boasts all the sophistication of a luxury sedan, the unrelenting power of its 3.5-L V6 engine delivers quick acceleration, and the lasting euphoria you get from being behind the wheel of a sports car. An advanced sport-tuned suspension, and four driver-selectable modes give you great open-road performance without compromising control, or ride comfort.” Yes, the 2014 Nissan Maxima continues to deliver quality design and power for the 2014 model year, as well as a few enhancements. Here’s what you need to know about all that the 2014 Nissan Maxima has to offer modern drivers looking for a comfortable and convenient, yet strong, driving experience.
Trims and Packages
The 2014 Maxima has seating for five and is available in two trims—S and SV. The base model includes standard features such as a power sliding moonroof, automatic on/off headlights, LED taillights, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Bluetooth® Hands-free phone system, dual zone automatic temperature control, and wheel-mounted audio controls. New for 2014 is the addition of a Limited Edition Package for the S grade. This package includes smoked-appearance Xenon headlights, a compass in the rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver wheels, rear spoiler, fog lights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and metallic trim treatment. (source)
The Nissan Maxima SV adds even more features such as outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, leather-appointed seats, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and digital compass, a vehicle information system with 7-inch color monitor, RearView monitor, USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, and an audio system with MP3/WMA CD playback and SiriusXM satellite radio (subscription sold separately). The RearView monitor, USB connectivity, and 7-inch color monitor are new standard features on the SV trim for 2014.
For those drivers looking to customize their 2014 Maxima, there are a wide variety of package options for the SV grade. Package options include a Premium Package, Bose® Audio package, Technology Package, Cold Package, SV value package, and a Sport Package.
The Premium Package adds touches of sophistication and comfort to the Maxima such as:
- Dual-panel moonroof with retractable sunshades
- Climate-controlled driver’s seat (heated and cooled)
- Premium mood lighting
- Premium leather-appointed seats
- Heated front-passenger’s seat
- Parallel-seamed heated premium leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and leather-wrapped shift knob
- Memory System
- Rear bucket seats (3 passenger capacity) with large fold-down center armrest
- Rear-seat trunk pass-through (replaces 60/40 split fold-down seats)
For those drivers looking for the added convenience of information at their fingertips, consider the Technology Package which includes:
- Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7” VGA touch-screen monitor and voice recognition
- NavTraffic and NavWeather with 3-month trial subscription provided by SiriusXM
- Zagat Survey® restaurant reviews
- Streaming audio via Bluetooth® wireless technology
- DVD video playback capability
For a complete explanation of all the package features and differences, check out the details at Nissan USA.
No matter the trim or package you choose, the 2014 Nissan Maxima will always have traditional Nissan safety features such as the Nissan Advanced Air Bag system, 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), vehicle dynamic control (VDC), traction control system (TCS), front-seat active head restraints, and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system.
Professional and Consumer Reviews
Now that the 2014 Nissan Maxima has been available for some time, it’s easy to find online reviews and critiques from both industry professionals and everyday drivers alike. A smart car shopper does his/her research, and we certainly know our Tischer customers don’t go into car shopping without having done their homework. To help you with that research process, here’s what some of the online reviews of the 2014 Nissan Maxima will reveal.
“Test drivers like Maxima’s powerful engine, upscale cabin and found the tech features to be user-friendly” – U.S. News & World Report
“The current Maxima chooses comfort and refined driving feel over the ability to toss the car around turns. That’s not a bad exchange, though, especially if you’re looking for a car with flowing, unique design, an upscale interior and a long list of features.” – The Car Connection
“…this midsize sedan remains appealing for its long list of luxury features and engaging driving dynamics.” – Edmunds
“Consumer reviews show an overall 8.8 out of 10 rating” – Kelley Blue Book
“A powerful V6 engine, impressive cornering and braking ability and a feature-laden interior place the Maxima in the same league as the Chrysler 300, Volkswagen CC and Hyundai Azera.” – Kelley Blue Book
“Easy to operate. HAND FREE PHONE. Dual sun roof is great. Front driver seat…is nice also for comfort” (source)
“Excellent performance, especially in manual mode with paddle shifter use. Interior features are plush and feature easy to use navigation and blue tooth. Bose stereo system is excellent. Styling looks great with its bulging hips, shoulders and hood line, although the front grill could use a design refresh. Trunk is deep and split fold down rear seat is nice. Love the sport firm ride of the suspension.” (source)
“Very excellent car drives very well and great features. No major maintenance issues.” (source)
“I am 63 yrs old and this is the first time I have actually “liked” my car for so long…In my experience, this maintains the value thus the trade value remaining high. I love the car exactly what Nissan meant it to be loved for.” (source)
As you can see, the Nissan Maxima over time has only continued to gain the trust and respect from industry experts and drivers like you. Between the V-6 engine, luxurious style and interior design, and the versatility of trims and packages, we believe the 2014 Nissan Maxima is a sedan that makes drivers feel both powerful and pampered on the road. We’d love for you to come down to the dealership and decide that for yourself. So, simply click on the button below to schedule a test drive of the incredible 2014 Nissan Maxima.
*header image courtesy of Nissan USA