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Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

The 2014 Altima is one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000. Not only has the automaker maintained the iconic look and sports-car-like handling that made the original Altima such a success, they've done so while thoroughly modernizing the Altima in ways crucial to younger buyers. A new Apps-based music and navigation system spearheads the effort, as well as a 38-mpg fuel economy rating (2.5 model) and premium materials throughout the interior of this modern sedan. Nissan has perfected making complex audio and navigation systems easy to operate and understand – something both old and young buyers will appreciate. It’s no wonder why the Nissan Altima is one of the most popular cars that car shipping companies ship from coast to coast each day.

The 2014 Nissan Altima delivers a broad range of models, interior and exterior features, and powertrains including an impressive V6 that pounds the road with speed and performance. Impressive fuel economy on the 4-cylinder model will likely win over most buyers, as will the affordable Navigation and Technology packages that you would expect from a modern sedan.

The 2014 Nissan Altima is built with the latest version of NissanConnect, an apps-driven infotainment system for iPhone and Android smartphones. The system allows connectivity to your favorite apps like Facebook, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Online Search powered by Google. Hands-free text messaging is also included for safe driving while you stay connected to the world.

The Altima is both agile and speedy in City Street driving, yet sufficiently aggressive in tight turns as to satisfy the most demanding enthusiast. The 3.5-liter V6 is powerful, but the economic 2.5-liter four is more than adequate for those seeking to commute to work in an affordable and sporty ride. The unique multifunction rearview camera will keep a third eye on the road, and the NASA-inspired seats will reduce fatigue during that long commute.

The 2014 Nissan Altima sedan's cockpit is crafted with soft-touch materials, but its prime attraction is NASA-inspired "zero gravity" front bucket seats, which approach the relaxed "neutral posture" that the human body assumes in a weightless environment. These seats reduce driving fatigue by lessening muscular and spinal loads and improving blood flow. Cloth seats and piano-black trim with chrome accents are standard, leather and metallic or faux wood are available for a modest fee.

The 2014 Altima rests on the same wheelbase as the 4th-generation car last produced in 2012, but with 1.4-inches-wider tracks and 0.8-inch-deeper fenders to accommodate larger wheels and tires giving the sedan a strong, athletic stance.

The base Altima 2.5 offers a 6-way manual driver's seat and a 4-way front passenger seat, plus a 60/40-split/folding rear bench seat, power windows and locks, a tilt steering wheel with touch controls, remote keyless entry with a pushbutton ignition, NissanConnect Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and a 4.0-inch color customizable Advanced Driver Assist display. Altima S and SV models add features leading up to the top-line 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL models with leather seats, premium trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, BOSE Premium Audio, and heated front seats/steering wheel/outside mirrors, plus 18-inch wheels and tires on V6-powered models.

The Nissan Altima offers six option packages and a few stand-alone and dealer installed options. A new Sport Value Package is offered on the 2.5 SV and includes 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, remote start and a rear spoiler. The Convenience Package and a Navigation Package are available on SV models, and a Technology Package for the SV and top of the line SL models. On SV and SL Altimas, NissanConnect comes with a 5.0-inch color audio display, integrated Hands-Free Messaging Assistant, SiriusXM satellite radio, and NissanConnect. With Navigation, NissanConnect gets a 7.0-inch touch screen with voice recognition, split-screen display and 3D-effect map views.

The 2.5-liter four cylinder is designed for lighter weight and higher efficiency (The lighter weight will probably save you a few extra bucks from your car shipping quote), while the 3.5-liter V6 is improved to reduce its fuel consumption. Both drive the Altima's front wheels through the only gearbox offered, Nissan's next-generation Xtronic continuously-variable automatic transmission. The CVT transmission drives engine revs ahead of vehicle speed during strong acceleration and accounts for both the 4-cylinder and the V6's impressive fuel economy the Altima also comes with fixed-ratio-simulating manual shift paddles on upgraded models.

The 2014 Nissan Altima starts just under $23,000 MSRP (including destination fees). A loaded 3.5 SL V6 will set you back about $31,000. While that is an affordable and competitive price for such a modern and technologically advanced sedan, it’s a lot of money to most of us. That is why most car shipping companies take extra care when shipping these popular sedans from coast to coast each day. Whichever model you choose, you will find the performance and luxury you want in the 2014 Nissan Altima.

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