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2014 Nissan Maxima

2014 Nissan Maxima

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$6,798 — $17,766 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Cabin materials
  • Ride quality
  • Handling with Sport Package
  • Brakes
  • Luxurious options

The Bad

  • Responsive but ill-suited CVT
  • Steering without Sport Package
  • Trunk volume
  • Smallish cabin
  • Requires premium gas
2014 Nissan Maxima exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Nissan Maxima
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Front-wheel drive

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2014 Nissan Maxima Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2014 Nissan Maxima?

The 2014 Nissan Maxima is a five-seat sedan that competes with the Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus. Trim levels include the 3.5 S and 3.5 SV. All 2014 Maxima models come equipped with front-wheel drive and require premium gas.

What's New on the 2014 Nissan Maxima?

The most notable update to the 2014 Maxima is the new S Value Package, which includes 18-inch dark silver alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, a compass in the inside mirror and integrated turn signals on the outside mirrors, among other features. The SV trim also now features USB connectivity, a rear camera and a 7-inch color monitor as standard equipment.

How Does the 2014 Nissan Maxima Compare to Other Sedans?

Though the Maxima is smaller than many traditional full-size models in its price range, it makes up for its lack of size to an extent with its impressive 3.5-liter V-6 engine. That said, its cargo space is noticeably smaller than others in its class. The 2014 Maxima's trunk offers just 14.2 cubic feet of cargo space, less than those of the Ford Taurus (20.1), Chevrolet Impala (18.8), Dodge Charger (16.5), Hyundai Azera (16.3) and Toyota Avalon (16). The Maxima can be thrilling to drive, but its practicality doesn't quite meet the same standard.

What Features in the 2014 Nissan Maxima Are Most Important?

Every 2014 Maxima comes with a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission with sport and manual modes. Front-wheel drive is standard, and shift paddles and a sport suspension are optional.

Significant standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof and a 60/40-split, folding backseat. Significant available features include 19-inch alloy wheels, a Bose premium audio system, a rear spoiler, a heated steering wheel, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system and a dual-pane panoramic moonroof.

Standard safety features include side-impact and side curtain airbags, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, active front head restraints and an electronic stability system with traction control. A backup camera is optional.

Should I Buy the 2014 Nissan Maxima?

The 2014 Nissan Maxima is a good choice for those who value good ride quality, sporty handling and high-end interior materials. In terms of practicality, though, the Maxima doesn't quite live up to the standards of other models in its price class. If you're looking for a larger trunk, more cabin space and a vehicle that doesn't require premium gas, the Maxima is likely not for you.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
98 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Still New to Me but Loving it!!!

by Buckwheat1313 from Sycamore, IL on July 9, 2020

I am not a "car" person but am enjoying this vehicle. The keyless entry, sun roof, heated seats, etc.....the style of the body is very nice as well. Roomy enough for 5 people. I had looked at a ... Read full review

(5.0)

2014 Nissan Maxima SV w/technology and cold pack

by BigBobo from Atlanta, GA on June 12, 2020

I bought my 2014 Nissan Maxima used with 35k miles on it in 2016. I have had the car for almost 4 years and I have loved the car. I have not had many issues with it. The car drives well and is very ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Nissan Maxima currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    N/A

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Maxima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Booster

(second row)

B

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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