2014 Nissan Altima vs. Its Competition

2014 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 2.5 SL Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Last year's redesign of the Nissan Altima couldn't have come a moment too soon.

With all of the usual contenders having new or recently overhauled models on the road, Nissan was losing its foothold on the market.

The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima have carved a huge piece of business out of the family-sedan segment with tremendous value and strong design language, as well as great gas mileage; we're split on which one will hold its visual appeal longer.

While the 2012 redesign of the Toyota Camry didn't bring fireworks, it did bring better gas mileage and car that feels better-built.

There's also the Chevy Malibu, which debuted with a mild-hybrid model for 2013, but that's nowhere near as efficient as the new Ford Fusion's plug-in Hybrid Energi model.

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Quick Specs
8.2
Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
8.0
Chevy has taken a look elsewhere in its lineup, and in the market, and made the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a stronger offering--with an emphasis on better gas mileage and more space.
9.0
The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers.
8.2
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
8.4
The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
7.6
The 2013 Toyota Camry is no standout for design, but it's more than ever the sensible pick for those who value comfort, value, and frugality above all else.
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Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual Shift