2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I first tried a 2013 but didn't like it....really noisy.
After test driving other midsize cars and reading that the 2014 had more insulation added, I took the 14 out again and thought it was a lot better...and bought a 2.5S.
Unlike the 13's the 2014 S has a display audio package option.. (Rear view monitor...USB port....& 5" display) for $320...so I added that option.
This car has a lot of positives....nice compromise of handling/ride...Great gas mileage...No engine shudder like some 13 owners had.
Power steering noise once out of the garage is a non-issue for me.
So Nissan has corrected problems for the most part that the 13's had.
So the issues?
This car is capable of really getting some great gas mileage.
I was first disappointed when I got the car as I was only getting about 25 - 27 mpg with about a 20/80 mix of city/highway driving.
But once the weather warmed up and about 3000 miles on the car I now, in warm weather am averaging 33-34 with same mix driving.
On some short ( 25 mile) jaunts I've gotten 45 - 50 mpg...on 4 lane highways.
Rear view monitor can also help in parallel parking as it has side markers as well as how close you are getting to a car in back of you.
Driving this car on open 4 lane highways where the wind can get at it can be a real chore.
The steering needs to constantly be corrected one way and then the other.
Then, just 2-3 weeks after I had the car I went to start it and....dead battery.
I got a jump start and continued on.... on my way back from a nearby city, all of a sudden the radio came on.. by itself.
I didn't have it on all day, and I thought I now have a possible reason why I had a dead battery.
After much wrangling with my local dealer they replaced battery.
A few weeks later it happened again.
Dealer found nothing wrong.
I now carry a Clore jump starter battery with me wherever I go...bummer for a new car.