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2014 Nissan Maxima

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$9,908 — $21,468 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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Vehicle Overview

The Maxima is offered in two trim levels, 3.5 S and 3.5 SV, both with a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The five-seat Maxima serves as Nissan's flagship sedan and competes with cars like the Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus.

The front-drive Maxima was last redesigned for the 2009 model year, so industry analysts expect a new version to arrive for the 2015 model year, though Nissan has not confirmed that.
New for 2014
A new S Value Package includes high-intensity-discharge headlights, a compass in the inside mirror, 18-inch dark silver alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lights, integrated turn signals in the outside mirrors and other trim features. The SV model gains a USB connectivity, a rear camera and a 7-inch color monitor as standard equipment.
Exterior Highlights

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Optional dual-panel panoramic moonroof
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional rear spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Standard power front seats
  • Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Optional Bose premium stereo
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 261 pounds-feet of torque
  • Requires premium gas
  • Continuously-variable transmission with sport and manual modes
  • Optional shift paddles
  • Optional sport suspension

Safety Features

  • Side-...
Vehicle Overview

The Maxima is offered in two trim levels, 3.5 S and 3.5 SV, both with a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The five-seat Maxima serves as Nissan's flagship sedan and competes with cars like the Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus.

The front-drive Maxima was last redesigned for the 2009 model year, so industry analysts expect a new version to arrive for the 2015 model year, though Nissan has not confirmed that.
New for 2014
A new S Value Package includes high-intensity-discharge headlights, a compass in the inside mirror, 18-inch dark silver alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lights, integrated turn signals in the outside mirrors and other trim features. The SV model gains a USB connectivity, a rear camera and a 7-inch color monitor as standard equipment.
Exterior Highlights

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Optional dual-panel panoramic moonroof
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional rear spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Standard power front seats
  • Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Optional Bose premium stereo
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 261 pounds-feet of torque
  • Requires premium gas
  • Continuously-variable transmission with sport and manual modes
  • Optional shift paddles
  • Optional sport suspension

Safety Features

  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available backup camera

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best car I have ever owned. Love it so much.

by Jenna Benna from Union, MO on December 9, 2018

This car is loaded with fun. It has an USB port, heated steering wheel, heated leather seats, large trunk, big backseat with radio controls and heat/air control. This car drives so nice and has power ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best Buy ever

by Eagle216 from New Port Richey, Fl on November 11, 2018

The vehicle has a the wants that I needed, to include engine size, leg room and style. The only draw back is having to use premium fuel but it drives awesome. 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

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • 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

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

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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