Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide: More Car for Your 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.
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.
Explore your 11 options below -- listed in order of popularity according to the most recent year's sales -- or scroll past the cars to get you first peek at new models, pick up some smart sedan test-drive tips and more.
The Chevy Malibu and Kia Optima were totally redesigned for the 2016 model year, while the Mazda6, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat all received major updates and enhancements for 2016. A significantly refreshed Ford Fusion arrived for 2017, and Toyota unveiled its 2018 Camry at the Detroit Auto Show.
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.
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.
Every year we grab a handful of the latest and greatest midsize sedans and set out on a long road trip to discern the meaningful differences among this group of increasingly impressive cars. This year's test included all-new versions of the Chevy Malibu and Kia Optima, plus updated takes on the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat.
On the strength of its stellar reputation for quality and value, the 2017 Honda Accord was named the Kelley Blue Book Midsize Car Best Buy of 2017.
You'll find eight of these midsize sedans on our most recent list of 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, six on our collection of 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000, and four among our 16 Best Family Cars of 2016.
How to Test Drive a Sedan
In the video below our own Micah Muzio demonstrates how to get the most out of the all-important and irreplaceable test drive.
Resale Value Recognition
The Subaru Legacy is a perennial resale value standout, and it took home our most recent Best Resale Value Award in the Mid-Size Car category. Following in the second and third spots were the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
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 Look: 2018 Toyota Camry