2014 Nissan Maxima

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

190.6” x 57.8”


Front-wheel drive



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

2 trims

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  • S


  • SV


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Notable features

  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Front-wheel drive

2014 Nissan Maxima review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


The last good Maxima

I had a 2002 Maxima. It made it through me, my daughter then son. I then decided to purchase the 2014 before the new 2016 model came out. What a smart move. I think this is the best model made. CVT is smooth. Its glides at 90 plus miles an hour. It jumps from 75 to 100 when you punch it on the expressway. I sold it to my son.....he is talking about selling it. I am going to buy it back if he does.


Most reliable car I’ve owned.

Very classy, techy car. Leather interior, heated seats and steering wheel. Panoramic sunroof. Great sound system. Inlove with this car! Gets good gas mileage and has a lot of room!


Still New to Me but Loving it!!!

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 variety of cars but for the value this was the cars for me.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
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