Nissan is almost done with its “five new models in 15 months” push, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the automaker’s 2014 lineup does not offer up too many major changes. The big news centers on the addition of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and the 2014 Nissan Versa Note hatchback. Also, the Altima Coupe is discontinued for 2014.
2014 Pathfinder Hybrid
The revitalized Nissan Pathfinder, which now rides on the Altima's platform, is more popular than ever, selling 46,539 units in the first half of 2013. For 2014 Nissan is adding a new Hybrid model that will boast an estimated 26 mpg combined, up from 22 mpg on the front-wheel-drive, V-6-powered Pathfinder. The Hybrid will be powered by a 2.5-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine in combination with a 15-kilowatt electric motor to produce 250 net horsepower, 10 hp fewer than the 3.5-liter V-6. The only cosmetic changes are LED taillights to distinguish it from the standard Pathfinder, and pricing is estimated to start at $3,000 more than V-6 models. The Hybrid option is available on SV, SL, and Platinum models and will be on sale starting in late summer 2013.
The 2014 Pathfinder also has a new Technology Package available on SL models, adding features previously available only on Platinum and Platinum Premium models like a Bose audio system, navigation, voice recognition, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a larger touchscreen.
2014 Sentra Revised
Despite being redesigned just last year, the 2014 Nissan Sentra receives updates to its CVT, steering, and suspension tuning. Although details on these tuning changes are not yet available, we hope that the CVT tuning will alleviate some of our complaints about the droning, asthmatic-feeling powertrain combination. Additionally, the navigation and infotainment system is upgraded with increased app support and improved voice recognition.
No More Altima Coupe
2013 will be the last year for the Nissan Altima Coupe, which was based on the previous-generation Altima sedan. There is no word whether a new generation coupe will join the Altima lineup anytime soon, but we wouldn’t keep our hopes up, since the midsize coupe segment has largely fizzled out save for the Honda Accord Coupe.
2014 Rogue: Looking Forward
Nissan has not yet announced changes for the 2014 Nissan Rogue compact crossover because an all-new model will debut later in 2013 as the fifth redesigned model in Nissan’s aforementioned 15-month campaign. We’ve spotted a disguised Rogue testing and it looks to improve on the current formula to better compete with class leaders like the 2013 Ford Escape, 2014 Mazda CX-5, 2013 Honda CR-V, and 2013 Toyota RAV4. Expect improved fuel economy and more modern styling to fit in with Nissan’s revitalized lineup.
Minor Trim Changes
The 2014 Nissan Altima, which was redesigned last year, receives some option package reshuffling, which means more technology is available on the base S and mid-level SV trims. For instance, there is a new sport value package for 2.5 S models with 16-inch alloy wheels and a spoiler, a display audio package on 2.5 Sand 3.5 S models, a revised technology package for SV models, and improved navigation features such as app support and SiriusXM Weather.
Although the big news for the 2014 Nissan Versa is the addition of the Versa Note hatchback, 2014 Versa sedans receive minor changes as well with a new wheel design, standard satellite radio, and a larger, 4.3-inch LCD audio display for the SL model and the addition of a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and a trunk button on the key fob for SV models. The bare-bones S now includes a tachometer and low rolling resistance tires. These trim updates are accompanied by suspension and steering retuning as well as improved seat cushions for the SV and SL models.
Nissan’s electric vehicle, the 2014 Nissan Leaf, now offers a backup camera as standard equipment on all trim levels. On higher trim models equipped with navigation, there is upgraded functionality and voice recognition.
The 2014 Nissan Maxima sedan offers a new S value package for 2014 with Xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels, fog lights, and a few other features. On the SV, a backup camera is now standard as well as a color infotainment monitor with USB connectivity.
The 2014 Nissan Xterra SUV and 2014 Nissan Frontier pickup receive more upscale optional features on lower trim levels, such as heated seats, Bluetooth, and upgraded audio systems.
The 2014 Nissan GT-R receives two new versions, a Special Edition with a new Midnight Opal exterior color, and a hardcore Track Edition which removes the rear seats and adds better brake cooling and a stiffer suspension for optimized performance on the track.
Unchanged for 2014
Models that receive no updates for 2014 include the 2014 Nissan Titan, the 2014 Nissan Armada, the 2014 Nissan 370Z. Additionally, the 2014 Nissan Quest, 2014 Nissan Juke, 2014 Nissan Murano, and 2014 Nissan Cube receive only color changes for 2014.