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2014 Nissan Maxima Review

Despite some major positives, the 2014 Nissan Maxima sits in the middle of our rankings. While the Maxima has a potent engine, composed handling, an upscale interior, and a great reliability rating, it's held back by its low crash test scores. 

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V6 engine
  • Great reliability rating
  • Premium interior quality
  • Low safety scores

New for 2014

  • Final model year before redesign
  • Rearview camera, USB port, and 7-inch display screen made standard in SV models




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.3
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2014 Nissan Maxima Overview

Is the 2014 Nissan Maxima a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Maxima is a good used car and a good value. Since most features are consolidated into two trims, there is a smaller price range. This should make it easier to find a model with the features you want. Well-rounded performance makes the Maxima a comfortable cruiser, and it offers pleasing passenger accommodations.

Used 2014 Nissan Maxima Performance and Interior

The 2014 Nissan Maxima is powered by a 290-horsepower V6 engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Whether accelerating from a stop or merging and passing at highway speeds, the Maxima's engine is strong and swift. The CVT also earned praise for its efficiency and performance. Fuel economy is decent for a large car, at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. However, some V6-powered rivals are slightly more efficient.

The front-wheel-drive Maxima also has balanced driving dynamics. Its agile handling, precise steering, and responsive cornering are reminiscent of a smaller car. A soft, supple ride quality over most surfaces makes it a comfortable daily driver. Some models may have a sport-tuned suspension that dials in a livelier drive, but it detracts a little from ride comfort. 

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The Maxima seats five on standard cloth upholstery and features power-adjustable front seats. Maxima SV models will have leather or premium leather seats, and some may have heated front seats or a heated and cooled driver's seat. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats as well as an extra upper tether anchor for the middle seat. Both rows offer good passenger space and a relaxing atmosphere. The Maxima's high-quality cabin features premium materials.

Standard features in the 2014 Nissan Maxima S include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, a moonroof, proximity-key entry, push-button start, and alloy wheels. Available features include a USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio, a Bose premium sound system, navigation, voice command activation, a rearview camera, a 7-inch color infotainment display, a heated steering wheel, and a dual-panel moonroof with power sunshades. Most of the car's functions are controlled by intuitive buttons and knobs below the display screen, and the navigation system features quick response and processing times.

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Used 2014 Nissan Maxima Prices

Average prices of a used 2014 Maxima range from about $16,100 for a base Nissan Maxima S up to about $18,000 for a Nissan Maxima SV. The car's mileage, condition, and features, as well as your area of the country, can affect the price.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Nissan Maxima?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 Nissan Maxima a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five, which is among the highest scores given to any vehicle on the market. Many cars in the Maxima's class get a score higher than the industry-wide average of three out of five.

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How Safe Is the Maxima?

The 2014 Maxima has low safety scores for its class. It earned an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with three stars in the frontal crash test. It also received five stars in the side crash and rollover tests. At the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Maxima earned the highest rating of Good in two crash tests, and a slightly lower rating of Acceptable in two other tests. However, it gets a low score of Marginal for rear crash protection. A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature available in the Maxima.

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Should I Consider Another Used Maxima?

2014 is the final year of the Maxima's seventh generation, which began with the 2009 model year. There were few notable changes in the couple of years prior to 2014, so you can save money by shopping for a slightly older – but mostly similar – model.

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Which Used Nissan Maxima Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Maxima is available in two trim levels: S and SV. With a small price difference between the two models, you're better off going with the premium Nissan Maxima SV. In addition to standard amenities like leather seats, satellite radio, and a rearview camera, some SV models may have additional features such as heated front seats, navigation, a sport suspension, a heated steering wheel, and a Bose sound system. When the 2014 Maxima was new, most optional features could only be found in the SV, further distancing these two models.

Despite the Maxima's great reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2014 Nissan Maxima and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Maxima or 2014 Toyota Avalon?

The 2014 Toyota Avalon is one of few in-class rivals that gets a better reliability score than the Maxima – and its safety scores are higher, too. The Avalon averages to be a few thousand dollars higher than the Maxima, but it's a better car. Both cars enjoy good power from a V6 engine, but the Avalon gets better gas mileage. All Avalons come loaded with standard features, such as leather seats, heated front seats, a rearview camera, and a touch-screen infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Maxima or 2014 Nissan Altima?

The midsize 2014 Nissan Altima has one huge downside compared to its bigger sibling: a merely average reliability score against the Maxima's outstanding one. The smaller Nissan has solid safety scores, and though these two share many of the same features, you can find things like blind spot monitoring, moving object detection, and lane departure warning in the Altima. While the Altima's starting price is a bit lower on average than the Maxima's, it can cost more at the high end of the spectrum. Unlike the Maxima, the Altima offers a very fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine – though a brute V6 is also available. Don't feel like you need a large car for the most room; both of these cars have sufficient passenger space, and the Altima actually has a slightly larger trunk. Unless you're tempted by the Maxima's great reliability, the Altima could be a better choice. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Maxima or 2014 Honda Accord?

With high safety scores, a decent reliability rating, and good gas mileage from a four-cylinder engine, the 2014 Honda Accord makes a decent daily driver. However, its stiff ride and dull steering lose points against the Maxima's performance. The Accord is spacious inside and has good exterior visibility, along with attractive standard features like a USB port and a rearview camera. However, the Maxima has a more premium feel overall. Lower-end Accords will likely be cheaper than comparable Maximas, but the Honda has a higher ceiling for its price range. In the end, you should go with a well-equipped Maxima.

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