Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on January 23, 2015 12:10 PM

So Much Car for the Money

Roomy, comfortable, efficient, tech-savvy and sometimes even fun to drive, today's midsize sedans deliver more bang for the buck than perhaps any other category of vehicles. It's no wonder they remain among the top-selling cars in the country.

Check out your 11 options below -- listed in order of popularity according to the most recent year's sales -- and keep reading below to see what's new and what's next in this ever-evolving segment.

Toyota Camry

The best-selling car in the country is as easy-to-drive and reliable as ever, and now more attractive. Starts at $23,805

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Honda Accord

One of our 10 most-awarded cars in 2015. Starts at $23,725 (with optional automatic transmission)

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Nissan Altima

The Altima has never been more competitive with Accord and Camry, and the sales figures reflect it. Starts at $23,125

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Ford Fusion

The boldly styled Fusion is still turning heads and winning buyers with its good looks. Starts at $23,225

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Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai's biggest hit ever has been totally redesigned for 2015. Starts at $21,975

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Chevrolet Malibu

Don't rush into a 2015 Malibu until you've had a look at the totally redesigned 2016 model at the bottom of this page. Starts at $23,290

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Kia Optima

Kia's midsize sedan attracts shoppers with its styling, and impresses them with everything else. Starts at $22,515

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Chrysler 200

Smaller than most midsize sedans, the 200 is also more stylish and more fun to drive. Starts at $22,795

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Volkswagen Passat

The only European entry in the segment, the roomy, comfortable Passat is also a pleasure to drive. Starts at $23,260 (with optional automatic transmission)

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Arguably the most stylish, most fun-to-drive midsize sedan, the Mazda6 gets even better for 2016. Starts at $23,815 (with optional automatic transmission)

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Subaru Legacy

Totally redesigned for 2016, the Legacy's claim to fame remains its standard all-wheel drive. Starts at $22,490

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What's New

The Chrysler 200, Hyundai Sonata and Subaru Legacy were all totally redesigned for 2015, and the best-selling car in the country, the Toyota Camry, got a new look and more.

What's Next

The Chevy Malibu and Kia Optima will be totally redesigned for the 2016 model year, while the Mazda6, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat have been or will be enhanced for 2016.

Typically Equipped

Most of these midsize family sedans start in the low $20,000 range and top out in the low- to mid-$30,000 range. Some offer V6, turbo or hybrid power, but most buyers go for the base 4-cylinder engine and pay about $25,000 on average.

New Features

The list of features now offered on these middle-of-the-market vehicles still reads a bit like science fiction: text-to-speech message reading, blind spot detection, cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, push-button start and one-touch Pandora internet radio to name a few.

Best Buy

It was a tight race between some great sedans, but the 2015 Honda Accord was namedMidsize Car Best Buy of 2015

Broad Appeal

You'll find seven of these midsize sedans on our most recent list of 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, three of them made our list of 10 Best Hybrids Under $30,000 and three are among our 15 Best Family Cars of 2015

Resale Value Recognition

The Subaru Legacy is a perennial resale value standout, and it took home our most recentBest Resale Value Award in the Mid-Size Car category. Following in the second and third spots were the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.


While the Chrysler 200 was completely redesigned for 2015, its corporate-cousin Dodge Avenger called it quits after 2014.

Interesting Alternatives

Want the amenities of a midsize sedan but don't need all the room? Today's small cars offer an increasingly compelling array of features for less, as demonstrated in our Compact Car Buyer's Guide. Or for greater versatility and a higher driving position, check out this year's Compact SUV Buyer's Guide.

First Pics: Take a Look at the Stylish New Malibu Coming for 2016