2014 Nissan Altima enters Camry territory; no V8 to be seen

Nissan’s new Altima sedan replaces the V6-only and more luxury focused Maxima. With a primarily 4-cylinder model range it will target Toyota Camry and Mazda 6, amongst others.


The Altima range kicks off with the A$29,990 ST that has a 125kW/230Nm 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine powering the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission.

Features on the ST include 16-inch alloy wheels (and a 16-inch steel spare), cruise control, dual-zone climate control, rear seat vents, proximity entry key, push button start, six airbags, automatic headlights, and LED tail-lights. The audio system has a 5-inch display, six speakers, Bluetooth for hands-free, USB port, auxiliary jack, CD slot, steering wheel controls and an AM/FM radio.

As we discovered during our hands-on preview during the New York Auto Show, all Altimas are equipped with a foot-operated parking brake.

Step up to the A$35,890 Altima ST-L and you’ll find 17-inch alloy wheels (with full-size alloy spare), leather accented seats, electric adjustment for the front seats, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and front fog lights. The audio system is upgraded with a Bose-branded head unit, nine speakers, sat nav, 7-inch display, Bluetooth streaming and smartphone app connectivity, and a reversing camera.

Next up is the A$40,190 Ti which brings to the party 18-inch alloy wheels (17-inch spare tyre), surround view cameras, two memory settings for the driver’s side, auto dimming rear view mirror, electric rear window sunshade, xenon headlights, wing mirrors that dip automatically on reverse, tinted rear windows, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear traffic alert.

At the top of the Altima tree is the A$45,390 Ti-S that’s powered by a 183kW/312Nm 3.5-litre V6. There’s no extra equipment to be gained by stepping up to the V6.

Just to be absolutely, perfectly clear, this Altima bears no relation (body shape aside) from the Altimas doing battle in the V8 Supercars series.

Dimensions

Length: 4,885mm
Width: 1,830mm
Height: 1,470mm
Wheelbase: 2,775mm

Engines, fuel economy

2.5-litre 4-cylinder
Power: 125kW
Torque: 230Nm
Fuel economy (combined): 7.5L/100km
CO2 emissions: 174g/km
Weight: 1,435kg – 1,467kg

3.5-litre V6
Power: 183kW
Torque: 312Nm
Fuel economy (combined): 9.3L/100km
CO2 emissions: 216g/km
Weight: 1,536kg

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]