Even as this year's record gas prices and weak economy prompt a seismic shift in new-car buying habits, the venerable family sedan
continues to top the sales charts. And why not? The appeal of these mid-size, mainstream vehicles has always been grounded in their balanced, practical nature. So, we rounded up the top sellers and set out to find a favorite. Our six-sedan comparison test included the very latest Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion
, Honda Accord
, Hyundai Sonata
, Nissan Altima
and Toyota Camry
. All of them were outfitted with four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions (because that's how most people buy them) and five of the six are rated to return highway fuel economy of at least 30 miles per gallon. Which car won? How did your favorite fare? Follow the link at left to watch the video.