2015 Midsize Sedan Comparison: Almost Foolproof
It's getting harder and harder to make a bad decision when choosing a new car, and that's especially true in the midsize sedan segment. Practical considerations like quality and reliability continue to rise, but so does overall appeal. More stylish and tech-savvy than ever, midsize sedans are becoming downright desirable.
For our most recent midsize sedan comparison test we rounded up a group of six strategically selected entries and headed out on a 400-mile loop that took us down the coast toward San Diego, along the Mexican border and back up into Palm Springs before returning to Kelley Blue Book headquarters in Irvine, California.
The group was noteworthy because five of the six cars were either completely redesigned or significantly updated for the most recent model year. The Chrysler 200, Subaru Legacy and Hyundai Sonata are all-new, the Toyota Camry was significantly updated for 2015, and the Mazda6 underwent a less thorough but similarly impactful update. The 2015 Honda Accord in our test was the only entry that carried over from 2014 essentially unchanged.
As is our way, we didn't pick a winner here. The comfortable and famously reliable Toyota Camry is absolutely the best choice for some buyers, while the sporty and stylish Mazda6 is the clear choice for others. Our goal is to help you pick your own winner.
In order of year-to-date sales:
Significantly updated for 2015, the perennial best-selling car in the country is a lock to continue its streak.See more Camry
Our Midsize Sedan Best Buy for 2015 impressed accordingly, but the competition is catching up.See more Accord
Not quite as roomy or practical as the others, the 200 is a sportier, more stylish alternative to the typical midsize sedan.See more 200
Already a really strong contender, the new-for-2015 Sonata furthered its case in this comparison test.See more Sonata
During and after our test, we couldn't stop talking about the enhanced-for-2016 Mazda6.See more Mazda6
The well-rounded Legacy is more competitive than ever, but standard all-wheel drive remains a key strength.See more Legacy
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