2014 Nissan Altima S[/caption]The 2014 Nissan Altima remains one of the family sedans that we recommend most highly--but the reasons have changed over the years as the Altima itself has grown up and matured. Going back a couple of decades, the Altima was always the scrappy upstart with tight handling and enjoyable roadholding, against the blander and more predictable Toyota and Honda models against which it competed. Fast forward to the last redesign, however, and the Altima is a more comfortable car, a far more mainstream option, and a safer pick for more buyers. With safety as strong a selling point as fuel economy in the Altima's class, Nissan's updated the sedan's technology to include all the advanced features on the shelves of suppliers. The list will include standard or optional rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warning systems. The IIHS has already given the Altima its Top Safety Pick+ accolade (with top scores in all but the new small overlap test), while the NHTSA gives it five stars overall for crash-test performance.